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VDH UltraPutin, Wounded but Deadlier. Part Two: The Old Rules of Nuclear Powers (Continued)

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner 3) Is it really so wise that Ukraine, with the help of U.S. and NATO intelligence, is beginning to conduct operations inside Russia to destroy oil and natural gas depots among other targets? In a logical world, of course, it is. Aggressors deserve their just desserts. But a war of …

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VDH UltraPutin, Wounded but Deadlier. Part One: The Old Rules of Nuclear Powers

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner On the battlefields of Ukraine, the Ukrainians are getting stronger and the Russians weaker, despite their great disparities in population, GDP, and financial clout. That is both a good and an increasingly more dangerous thing. Russia is exhausting its munitions supplies faster than they can be resupplied. Ukraine is drawing …

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VDH UltraA Brief Anatomy of Ukraine. Part Four

Victor Davis Hanson What’s Next? For the all the fog of war, the back-and-forth Biden/Putin boasting and name-calling, and the Russian goblin-talk of using nukes, we are beginning to see the outlines of a cease-fire. Before the invasion, Ukraine had mostly lost its Russian-majority borderlands and much of Crimea to Putin. After the invasion, Russia …

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VDH UltraCruel, Demented, or Incompetent? Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Inflation Does President Biden deliberately invite inflation? Is it some sort of cruel Jacobin redistribution scheme? As inflation roars, those of the middle class on fixed incomes or with modest passbook accounts lose 5-7 percent of their money per year. What are they supposed to do with their life-savings of $50,000–$100,000? …

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VDH UltraCruel, Demented, or Incompetent? Part Two

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner Afghanistan How does one destroy Afghanistan in a matter of days? How could anyone just abandon a new $1 billion embassy, a huge $300 million refitted Bagram air base, and $50-70 billion in military equipment to the Taliban? How could a president virtually destroy U.S. deterrence at a time when Russia …

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VDH UltraCruel, Demented, or Incompetent? Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Critics of the Biden administration have a difficult time assessing motive, given the inexplicable suicidal nature of Biden’s chaotic policies. How could a kind, sane, or capable man do such things since January 20, 2021? Americans know the effects of his disastrous first 14 months but argue over the causes for …

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VDH UltraWalking the Ukrainian Tightrope. Part Three, 8-10.

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner 8. History. It is critical to cite historical exempla. So by all means we need to learn of the tortured 500-year relationship between Ukraine and Russia. Remind us that Army Group South slaughtered 5-million Russians, including somewhere between 500,000 to 1 million Ukrainians during Operation Barbarossa. Do not forget Erich von …

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