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Progressives Should Back Up Their Rhetoric on Immigration

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Liberals, invite illegal aliens to live in your communities.

There are lots of short-term solutions to address the wave of immigrants who have swarmed the border in an effort to enter the U.S. illegally.

Why not use the thousands of currently half-empty residence halls at American colleges and universities to help house families from Central America and Mexico who await adjudication of their asylum claims?

The federal government could contract out to universities such as UCLA, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, and large public universities in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico to offer migrants temporary summertime shelter and sustenance. Law schools could offer pro bono legal counseling, and medical schools could offer health services.

Read the full article here.

Strategika Issue 51: Nuclear Proliferation

Should More Nations Have Nukes?

Please read a new essay by my colleague, Gordon G. Chang in Strategika.

There is only one weapon that poses an existential threat to the United States, so why should America want other nations to possess it? The simple answer is that Washington’s nonproliferation policy, which once slowed the spread of nuclear weapons, now looks to be on the verge of collapse.

Read the full article here.


A Bigger Arsenal For A Lasting Peace

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Thomas Donnelly in Strategika.

Where is Stanley Kubrick when you need him? With Donald Trump withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka “the Iran deal”), playing summit footsie with Kim Jong Un and scoping out a vigorous modernization of the aging U.S. nuclear force, the abyssopelagic layer of the Deep State has taken on new life with warnings of the approaching apocalypse.

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Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts: Strategic Competition And The North Korea Talks

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Thomas Karako in Strategika.

The United States has long been committed to stemming the further proliferation of nuclear weapons among both potential adversaries and friends alike. As the recent Nuclear Posture Review observes, “nuclear non-proliferation today faces acute challenges.” The current locus of this challenge is in northeast Asia.

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Mexico — What Went Wrong?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Mexico gets a massive cash influx in remittances, American corporations get cheap labor, Democrats get voters . . .Mexico in just a few days could elect one of its more anti-American figures in recent memory, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Obrador has often advanced the idea that a strangely aggrieved Mexico has the right to monitor the status of its citizens living illegally in the United States. Lately, he trumped that notion of entitlement by assuring fellow Mexicans that they have a “human right” to enter the United States as they please. For Obrador, this is an innate privilege that he promised “we will defend” — without offering any clarification on the meaning of “defend” other than to render meaningless the historic notion of borders and sovereignty.

Read the full article here.

Victor Davis Hanson on The Fate of the West, Trump, and The Resistance

In the third episode of Close Encounters, Victor Davis Hanson and Ben Weingarten discuss the decline of the American academy, threats to Western civilization from within and without, ‘The Resistance’ and its assault on the Trump presidency, and a great deal more.

Watch the video here or via this link.

Read the full transcript here.

06-25-18 Angry Reader

From An Angry Reader:

What is wrong with you? You see what Trump is doing over 3000 lies and yet you still can condemn Hillary!


Dear Angry Reader Rhonda Welsch,

First, congratulations. You get only a 1 out of 10 on the Angry Reader Scale (for silly exaggeration [e.g. “ over 3000 lies”; but why not 3001? Or 2999?]), given that you omitted the usual CAPITAL LETTERS, the repeated exclamation points, the obscenity, the ad hominem slurs, and the usual grammatical and syntactical lapses. Much appreciated.

Second, of course, Trump fibs, obfuscates, exaggerates, and fabricates. But so far, he has avoided the existential lies (the Syrian redlines; the Benghazi video yarn, the Bowe Bergdahl fantasies, the Iran Deal, the Obamacare “keep you doctor,” “keep your insurance plan,” or Hillary’s 30,000 emails about yoga and a wedding) of the Obama-Clinton lies.

Third, here is a brief paragraph from a forthcoming book I wrote on the Trump phenomenon that might better explain the Trump-Clinton divide:

Clinton was a creature of government, Trump often at war with it. Her essence was predicated on the approval of an elite; he thrived on its disdain. Hillary’s misdeeds were far worse than her reputation; the Donald’s reputation far worse than his misdeeds. He could be authentically gross; she inauthentically prim. And his animal cunning was usually prescient; her sober assessments almost always flawed. Trump certainly could be cruel to individuals; but kind to the public; Clinton was kind to her particular friends, but predictably cruel to people. Trump sloppily exaggerated and fabricated; she carefully lied and dissimulated. Trump exhausted a limited vocabulary; Clinton an even more limited body of ideas.

Sincerely, Victor Davis Hanson

Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Amonth from now there will be a new manufactured news story that Donald Trump is savage, represents an existential danger, or is unhinged. We will hear of another Trump official cornered and driven out from a liberal-owned Beltway or New York City restaurant. An unhinged Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will rant some more about impeachment.

And then the current hysteria over the border detainments will be filed, and go the way of the “s—hole countries” frenzy or Melania’s jacket melodrama.

We’ve already been through the dizzying odyssey of legal suits in three states over supposedly fraudulent voting machines, the nullification of the Electoral College effort, the meltdown on Inauguration Day, the Emoluments Clause tizzy, the 25th Amendment con, the various Russian collusion hysterias, the leaked phone call to the Australian prime minister, the Michael Wolff Fire and Furyfantasies, the Dudley Do-Right James Comey pre-indictment book tour, and all the surreal assassination chic stories, from Kathy Griffin’s beheading photo to the Shakespearean troupe’s ritual stabbing of Trump.

Read the full article here.

Hillary’s Hamartia

Victor Davis Hanson // Hoover Institution

Hillary Clinton could have spared the country hours of wasted investigations, debates, and near civil war had she just made three easy ethical and logical choices.

One: Had she, as Secretary of State, used a standard Department of State email server for her official correspondence, there would have been no Inspector General’s 500-page plus report. Indeed, there would have been no three-year-long email scandal that has all but destroyed the reputation of the Washington hierarchy of the FBI.

In other words, there would have been no need for all the distortions by Clinton, the FBI, and the Department of Justice. Just think of it: no bit-bleaching of Clinton hard drives, no smashing of mobile devices, and no secret meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac.

Read the full article here.

Scandals Sanitized with Linguistic Trickery

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Obama becomes an unnamed ‘government official,’ ‘investigation’ becomes a ‘matter,’ and ‘illegal’ becomes ‘improper.’

There are lots of strange things throughout Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz’s massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality.

An early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton was originally found to be “grossly negligent” in using an illegal email server. That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for violation of laws governing the wrongful transmission of confidential government documents.

Read the full article here.

Border Politics and the Use and Abuse of History

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Much has been written — some of it either inaccurate or designed to obfuscate the issue ahead of the midterms for political purposes — about the border fiasco and the unfortunate separation of children from parents. Rich Lowry’s brief analysis is the most insightful.

The media outrage usually does not include examination of why the Trump administration is enforcing existing laws that it inherited from the Bush and Obama administrations that at any time could have been changed by both Democratic and Republican majorities in Congress; of the use of often dubious asylum claims as a way of obtaining entry otherwise denied to those without legal authorization — a gambit that injures or at least hampers thousands with legitimate claims of political persecution; of the seeming unconcern for the safety of children by some would-be asylum seekers who illegally cross the border, rather than first applying legally at a U.S. consulate abroad; of the fact that many children are deliberately sent ahead, unescorted on such dangerous treks to help facilitate their own parents’ later entrance; of the cynicism of the cartels that urge and facilitate such mass rushes to the border to overwhelm general enforcement; and of the selective outrage of the media in 2018 in a fashion not known under similar policies and detentions of the past.

Read the full article here.

The Dream and the Nightmare of Globalization

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

After World War II, only the United States possessed the capital, the military, freedom, and the international good will to arrest the spread of global Stalinism. To save the fragile postwar West, America was soon willing to rebuild and rearm war-torn former democracies. Over seven decades, it intervened in proxy wars against Soviet and Chinese clients, and radical rogue regimes. It accepted asymmetrical and unfavorable trade as the price of leading and saving the West. America became the sole patron for dozens of needy clients—with no time limit on such asymmetry.

Yet what would become the globalized project was predicated on lots of flawed, but unquestioned assumptions:

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