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VDH UltraThe Art of the Big Lie(s). Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson 5. The Ukrainian Impeachment call. Donald Trump did not stop approved shipments of offensive weapons to Ukraine in exchange for investigating the Bidens. He simply delayed arms shipments that the Obama-Biden administration had strictly prohibited. Indeed, he ultimately sent them. Trump had good reason to be suspicious of the Ukrainian government given …

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VDH UltraThe Art of the Big Lie(s). Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson 3. The Pangolin/Bat Myth Almost immediately after the arrival of the coronavirus, the public, some brave scientists, and intelligence officers were convinced that the engineered virus escaped the Wuhan lab because: 1) The Chinese suppressed most information about the lab’s work on the virus. 2) There were virulent attacks on those who …

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VDH UltraThe Art of the Big Lie(s). Part One

  The Left has canonized a number of outright untruths. There are three characteristics of their mendacity. One, the lies are either issued by leftwing government officials or adopted from lying universities, social media, or the corporate world. Two, the lies involve the most vital aspects of American society—its foreign policy and national security, its …

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VDH UltraOur Lethal Frenemies

Víctor Davis Hanson Over 100,000 Americans are dying from opiate overdoses per year—mostly fentanyl coming across the southern border. China ships to the cartels the raw product. They refine it and stamp it into pills for export solely to the U.S., deliberately using shapes and sizes to make their export seem similar to other less …

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VDH UltraAgrarian Archaeology

Victor Davis Hanson As a classics student at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens some 45 years ago, in the latter 1970s, I was assigned to excavate at ancient Corinth. There I learned a lot about strata and how to detect the rise and fall of Myceneans, the Greeks of the Dark Age, …

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VDH UltraRacial Trickle-downs. Part One

Victor Davis Hanson A February 3rd huge train derailment recently sent fire balls high into the sky over small East Palestine, Ohio (ca. 5,000 population), in the heartland of the rustbelt of post-industrial America. I guess the current administration would call this small-town clinger/deplorable/chums/dregs country, to paraphrase the past usage of Obama, Hillary, and Biden. …

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VDH UltraOur Edith Wilson

Víctor Davis Hanson Jill Biden apparently is studying the career of another progressive icon, First Lady Edith Wilson. Edith (also a younger second wife to her widowed husband) went from First Lady to de facto President from October 1919 to March 1921, after Woodrow Wilson suffered an incapacitating stroke that left him bedridden. Jill has …

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