I look forward to his column every week.
This is as close to a perfect venting as I can imagine.
Wow, pretty powerful stuff. And so true!
That pretty much sums it up. We had our own problems pre-911 where certain agency people spent their careers at those lavish places and ended up getting sucked down the drain there while Atta was busy plotting next door. I don't think that's much of a problem anymore though.
If I may quote the from the Guinness commercial...BRILLIANT!!
Victor Davis Hanson is just the best. Strips the facade right off the crumbling, stumbling leftist cabal.
Jacques Chirac and Schroeder have made fewer silly, pompous pronouncements about the utter stupidity of George Bush lately. When they do, I soothe my anger by imagining the legacy each will have even twenty years down the road, let alone fifty. I believe Dick Cheney will have a larger legacy in fifty years than Jacques Chirac.
And yet one more point about the self-crowned 'elites': they are out of touch with reality, living as they do in their ivory tower world. They deam and fantacize and create theories based on their dreams and fantasies while real people live in the real world and deal everyday with real problems, consequences of actions, etc.
Bump for later read.
Super article. I love this man's writing. He can cut the crap and get down to brass tacks better than most.
Maybe because thanks to the internet and Jim Robinson, even the most humble tradesman now has access to great writing from VDH and enough other keen analysts to look beyond the partisan carping and make up their own damn minds.
Another keeper from one of the most brilliant minds among us today.
VDH has as usual an analysis based on 1) personal experience with reality i.e. running a farm, rather than pure theory
and 2) placing problems into the context of history rather than trendier than thou analyses.
He always cheers me up...wish I could write like that!
If the American Left is furious over the loss of most of the nation's governorships and legislatures, the U.S. House, the Senate, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, the Europeans themselves are furious over America's power as if Red America is to Blue America as America is to Europe itself. Thus how can a mongrel culture of Taco Bell, Bud Light, and Desperate Housewives project such military and political influence abroad when the soft, subtle triangulation of far more cultured diplomats and sophisticated intellectuals from France, Germany, and Scandinavia is ignored by thugs from Iran, North Korea, and most of the Middle East?
I am sure that Dr. Hanson is aware that we are no more a "Taco Bell" culture than the Japanese are a ramen-shop culture. They are places of convenience that fit our cultural ways, but they are not our culture -- it is something that we and Japan have been very successful at, finding commercial means that aren't so much cultural indicators but the handiwork from Taylor through Deming to efficiently provide one of the necessities of life in an efficient and culturally workable context. They eschew elegance for speedy and efficient food consumption. But we don't reserve a table at either for meals with more cultural significance -- no one expects a wedding reception to be held at an adjacent McDonald's.
Bud Light on the other hand is a sign of cultural decay. ;-)
Aw, shoot. I thought the headline said "global thong."
I'll bet VDH is never invited to those parties....;^)
This should be printed out and sent to everynews outlet in the United States!