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Why Did We Invade Iraq?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

On the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the back-and-forth recriminations continue, but in all the “not me” defenses, we have forgotten, over the ensuing decade, the climate of 2003 and why we invaded in the first place. The war was predicated on six suppositions. Read more →

When Big Deficits Became Good

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

As a senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama said that he detested budget deficits. In 2006, when the aggregate national debt was almost $8 trillion less than today, he blasted George W. Bush’s chronic borrowing and refused to vote for upping the debt ceiling: “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.'”
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The Global Fairness Madness

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Whether in the fights over the US debt limit or the rioting in Athens, the common global theme is not poverty in absolute terms, but more often fairness — as in having about the same amount of things as others do. Read more →

St. Obama and the Debt Dragon

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

“Reckless Fiscal Policies”

Why did Obama only enumerate George W. Bush’s big spending as responsible for the out-of-control $14 trillion-plus debt, while not mentioning his own contribution of $5 trillion? Read more →

The Evidence of a Bankrupt Populism

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Editor’s Note: These passages are drawn from recent articles on The Corner.

Obama’s Real Legacy

Barack Obama’s cries from the heart as a senator about the possibility of a Bush intervention in Iran being a de facto violation of the War Powers Act have been widely circulated — juxtaposed to his sophistic gymnastics about bombs over Libya not really being much more than “kinetic action” and thus exempt from the Act. Read more →

Bush Did It! Bush Didn’t Do It!

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

During the 2008 campaign Barack Obama ran more against lame-duck President Bush than against his Republican opponent, John McCain. Read more →

Libya Is Not Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The Left is terribly embarrassed about the US intervention in Libya. We have preemptively attacked an Arab Muslim nation that posed little threat to the national-security interests of the United States. Read more →

A Middle East Policy in Shambles

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Almost every promise, almost every reset proclamation from Barack Obama about the struggles against, and those within, the radical Muslim world has either been withdrawn or proven bankrupt. Read more →

President Obama’s Most Amazing Libyan Achievments

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America: Read more →

Our Libyan March Madness

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The prognosis for Libya might be better if our president cared more about it than about the NCAA. Read more →

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