Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

The Surreal World of Iraq

Let us thank our soldiers on this Independence Day.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

That are we to make of the last four months? In 21 days at a cost of less than 200 fatalities, the United States military ended the 24-year reign of one of the most odious dictators in recent memory and freed their people. Read more →

Winning After All

Despair is not an option amid the present chaos.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

For about ten weeks now, the headlines of our major newspapers blare out something like the following: “Iraq Attacks Hamper U.S. Reconstruction” or “Increasing Resistance to U.S. Efforts in Iraq. Read more →

An Indirect Approach?

Peace in the Middle East will not be won on the West Bank.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Since the time of the Greeks a hallmark of Western military practice has been the tendency to seek out an enemy, and then through superior discipline, shock, and technology, to smash him — thus obtaining victory through the destruction of his forces on the field of battle. Read more →

Gone But Not Forgotten

Making war and peace in the new post-Soviet world

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

It has been well over a decade since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet many, still caught up in past institutions and protocols of that bygone age, forget the degree to which the collapse of the Soviet Union is with us today and helps to frame almost all of our struggles since 9/11. Read more →

Middle East Tragedies

Pressing ahead is our only choice.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The images are jarring, the hypocrisies appalling, the rhetoric repulsive. Only in the Arab Middle East — and the Islamic world in general — are suicide-murderers operating and indeed canonized, even blessed with cash bonuses. Read more →

Back to the Falklands

If only we’d had a roadmap to peace in 1982.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

April, 1982

Secretary of State Alexander Haig today issued the State Department’s long-awaited “Roadmap” intended to end the dispute over the contested islands. Read more →

Postbellum Thoughts

Ideas from war’s aftermath.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

THE FIRST PEACEKEEPER DIVISION?
The complexities of Panama, the Gulf War, Kosovo and Bosnia, Afghanistan, and the Iraqi War involved not just military challenges, but postwar reconstruction and global opinion-making as well. Read more →

Time Is on Our Side

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In between morbid reports on the Peterson murders, the media — bored and a little chagrined with the rapidity of the American victory — sought to find a salacious story in the looting. Read more →

Anatomy of the Three-Week War

It was more that we were good rather than they were bad.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In the aftermath of the incredible three-and-a-half week victory we should not post facto make the mistake of assuming that Operation Iraqi Freedom was necessarily an easy task. Read more →

Our Western Mob

From the graveyard of Kabul to the quagmire of Iraq to the looting of Baghdad.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The jubilation of liberating millions from fascism and removing the world’s most odious dictator apparently lasted about 12 hours. Read more →

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