History

Waging War Against the Dead

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. In 2001, the …

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History’s Bad Ideas Are an Inspiration for Progressives

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness What we now consider stupid and dangerous ideas of the past, progressives see as useful in the present. Even liberal historians usually label as disastrous two decisions by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration: the adoption of the Earl Warren-McClatchy newspaper inspired plan to intern Japanese-American citizens and the Judicial Procedures …

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History as Nothing Much at All

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Former CIA director Michael Hayden recently tweeted a picture of a Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, with his commentary: “Other governments have separated mothers from children.” The suggestion was that industrialized death on an unprecedented scale was somehow similar to the temporary detention of children once their parents have been …

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From Resistance to Nullification to What Next?

By Victor Davis Hanson — National Review Trump’s critics ratchet up to insurrection, but Trump’s tax reforms and our growing economy could derail their dreams. George H. W. Bush gave up power quietly and turned to charity work and occasional ceremonial speaking after his reelection defeat in 1992. George W. Bush — like Jerry Ford …

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The Bigmouth Tradition of American Leadership

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review   To everything, there is a season.   America has always enjoyed two antithetical traditions in its political and military heroes.   The preferred style is the reticent, sober, and competent executive planner as president or general, from Herbert Hoover to Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter.   George …

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Why Do These Wars Never End?

By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review   Weaker enemies, by design, do not threaten stronger powers existentially; ‘proportionality’ means stalemate.   From the Punic Wars (264–146 b.c.) and the Hundred Years War (1337–1453) to the Arab–Israeli wars (1947–) and the so-called War on Terror (2001–), some wars never seem to end.   The dilemma …

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America’s Indispensable Friends

By Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   As long as the U.S. remains good to weaker but humane states located in dangerous neighborhoods, it will remain great as well.   The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications, and travel.   Sometimes American power leads …

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Columbus Day: Melodrama or Tragedy?

The Corner The one and only. by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   Campuses and Western critics in the last half-century have turned a once risk-taking and heroic Christopher Columbus into an evil emissary of disease and destruction. History is now seen as one-dimensional melodrama in which our contemporary duty is to pick sinners and …

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