The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month—100 Years Ago

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The First World War ended 100 years ago this month on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Nearly 20 million people had perished since the war began on July 28, 1914. In early 1918, it looked as if the Central Powers—Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire—would win. Czarist …

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Peter Beinart’s Amnesia

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review NATO’s problems, Putin’s aggression, and American passivity predate Trump, who had my vote in 2016 — a vote I don’t regret. Peter Beinart has posted a trademark incoherent rant, this time against Rich Lowry and meover our supposed laxity in criticizing Trumpian over-the-top rhetoric on NATO. At various times, I …

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The Great German Meltdown

Victor Davis Hanson // Hoover Institution Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling. Germans feel aggrieved. Ideas and movements gyrate wildly between far left and far right extremes. And the Germans finally find consensus in a sense of victimhood paradoxically expressed as national chauvinism. Germany’s neighbors in 1870, 1914, 1939—and increasingly in …

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Miracle At Dunkirk

by Victor Davis Hanson // Defining Ideas Wednesday, August 2, 2017 A quarter-million troops of the British Expeditionary Force, together with about 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers, were safely evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, France between May 26 and June 4, 1940, in one of the largest successful maritime evacuations of trapped armies in …

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Lord Ismay, NATO, and the Old-New World Order

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   What has become of the prescient post-WWII dictum ‘Russians out, Americans in, Germans down’?   The accomplished and insightful British general Hasting Ismay is remembered today largely because of his famous assessment of NATO, offered when he was the alliance’s first secretary general. The purpose of the new …

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Remembering D-Day

By Victor Davis Hanson National Review’s “The Corner” D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history since King Xerxes’ 480 BC combined sea and land descent into Greece. The Americans, especially General George Marshall, had wanted to invade France as early as spring 1943, still confident from their World War I experience that they could …

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The Old German Problem

By Victor Davis Hanson National Review Germany’s negative attitude toward the U.S. long predates the rise of Trump. Berlin — Germans do not seem too friendly to Americans these days. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School study of global media, 98 percent of German public television news portrays President Donald Trump negatively, making it …

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