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  • Are Drone Strikes More Defensible than Torture

    12/17/2014 2:45:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama's policy of targeted drone assassinations. Since 2004, drones have killed an estimated 2,400 to 3,888 individuals in Pakistan alone, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. An estimated 345 to 553 individuals in Yemen have been killed in drone strikes over the same period. The BIJ reports that the Obama administration has "markedly stepped up the use of drones. Since...
  • The Federal Octopus

    06/24/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>When IRS Commissioner John Koskinen arrogantly told Congress that he had no apologies for an agency that has targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, had a top-ranking bureaucrat take the Fifth Amendment, and destroyed its own correspondence, he meant it. Nor did Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA, offer any apologies for concocting a fake persona, replete with false e-mail identity (“Richard Windsor”), to hide her own communications. Kathleen Sebelius was likewise unapologetic after presiding over the ruined initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nor did she pay any consequence for campaigning for Democratic candidates while a cabinet secretary, in violation of the Hatch Act.</p>
  • War Clouds on the Horizon?

    12/06/2014 7:07:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A large war is looming absent preventive American vigilance The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising....
  • An Inconvenient Law

    11/27/2014 4:55:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a humane, transparent, truthful -- and constitutional -- way to address illegal immigration. Unfortunately, President Obama's unilateral plan to exempt millions of residents from federal immigration law is none of those things. Obama said he had to move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that there were Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 and 2010, yet he did nothing, in fear of punishment at the polls. Nor did Obama push amnesty in 2011 or 2012, afraid of hurting his own re-election chances. Worries over sabotaging Democratic chances in the 2014 midterms explain his inaction...
  • Meet the Snobocrats

    11/20/2014 4:22:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud. Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the "stupidity" of Americans as a way to justify misleading them. Gruber apparently thinks such deception is OK because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage. Unfortunately, Gruber's disdain for the proverbial masses -- he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees -- is thematic of the last...
  • A Moral Primer [VDH]

    11/18/2014 4:26:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s legacy: government-induced chaos at home, moral equivalence abroad. The last but long gasp of the Obama administration is characterized not so much by deceit and incompetence as by growing chaos. Everything appears to be coming apart. The chariot of state now veers up and down with a terrified Phaethon clueless at the reins. Whether it is ISIS, Ebola, Putin, or Obamacare, the common strain is not simple incompetence, but a maladroitness born of intolerant ideological fundamentalism. Have our government agencies ever seemed more corrupt or useless or both, staffed by political cronies and leftist zealots? What ever happened to...
  • A Democratic Waterloo

    11/06/2014 3:56:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Something like that happened to the Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, as they lost the Senate, a few more seats in the House and additional governorships. They came on with the same old strategy, but this time they went down with it. Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years. On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus...
  • Our Make-It-Up World [VDH]

    10/30/2014 4:35:37 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/30/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Facts now pale in comparison with the higher truths of progressivism.</p> <p>Do bothersome facts matter anymore?</p> <p>Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform.</p>
  • Plutocratic Populism Pays [VDH]

    10/28/2014 4:22:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What’s with rich liberals who blast other people for being rich? In early October, Barack Obama went to a $32,000-a-head fundraiser at the 20-acre estate of the aptly named billionaire Richie Richman. The day before he charmed his paying audience of liberal 1 percenters, Obama had sent out an e-mail alleging that Republicans were “in the pocket of billionaires.” Does that mean that Republicans who accept cash from billionaire supporters are always in their pockets, but that when the president does likewise, he never is? And if so, on what grounds is he exempt from his own accusations? In mid-October,...
  • Crimes of Exactly What? [VDH]

    10/27/2014 5:50:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The recent unfortunate shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and its violent aftermath seem to have had everything and nothing to do with race. Brown was black and unarmed and the officer white; but it is equally true that the 292-pound Brown likely committed a number of crimes in the minutes before his death. He was high on drugs; he robbed a store and strong-armed the clerk; he was walking down the middle of a road; and he started a physical altercation with policeman Darren Wilson (who tried to question him), inflicting injuries on the officer before being fatally...
  • Our New Missiles of October

    10/23/2014 6:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In October of 1962, America worried whether an untried young president, John F. Kennedy, could keep us safe from nuclear-tipped missiles from nearby communist Cuba. Today's October worries are more insidious: the Ebola virus, the macabre Islamic State, a tottering stock market, a bellicose Russia, and a crisis of confidence in our government. Much of what the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control initially swore about the Ebola virus proved false. The virus really did infect Americans at home, despite assurances that there was "no significant risk." There always was a danger of infected West Africans entering the...
  • The Biggest Lie [VDH]

    10/21/2014 4:24:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Left would rather forget its old slogan, “Bush lied, thousands died.” The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished. So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in...
  • Republican Populism—or Republican Destruction

    10/20/2014 5:27:23 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-19-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing much the Republicans have done explains why they are on the verge of taking back the Senate and making gains in the House. (Emphasis mine) Not since the summer of 1974 or October 1980 have we see a presidency in a total meltdown. Abroad, ISIS, Putin, and the bullying Chinese have revealed that the Obama administration is either clueless or has subordinated foreign policy decisions to rank politics — or both. At home we have Ebola. Meanwhile, the list of corrupt, incompetent or politically rogue federal agencies keeps growing — the VA, ICE, the NSA, the IRS, the Secret...
  • From Comedy to Farce ... VDH

    10/13/2014 1:04:31 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 Oct 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It was tragically comical that the commander in chief in just a few weeks could go from referring to ISIS as “jayvee” and a manageable problem to declaring it an existential threat, in the same manner he upgraded the Free Syrian Army from amateurs and a fantasy to our ground linchpin in the new air war. All that tragic comedy was a continuance of his previous untruths, such as the assurance that existing health plans and doctors would not change under the Affordable Care Act or that there was not a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS. But lately the...
  • Obama’s Ideal Revolution [VDH]

    10/09/2014 4:26:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America’s current revolutionary inspiration seems to derive more from Robespierre than Madison.</p> <p>At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.</p>
  • Welcome to Fantasy Island (VDH)

    10/06/2014 5:29:20 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-5-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Listen to the president and one would think that he was in office during the financial crisis that began on September 15, 2008. For the nth time, Obama reminded the nation on 60 Minutes of the financial meltdown he inherited. That is his usual way of suggesting to the American people that they could hardly hope for normal times after six years of his own governance. In truth, Obama entered office on January 20, 2009 — over four months after the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that precipitated a general financial meltdown. One would not expect Obama to...
  • The Moral Failures of Eric Holder ... VDH

    09/29/2014 4:53:22 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 28 Sep 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Eric Holder’s left many baleful legacies: being censured by the House of Representatives; withholding subpoenaed documents, proving untruthful about a failed gun-walking caper in Mexico; failing to enforce laws on the books, from immigration to the elements of the Affordable Care Act; illegally billing the government for his own private use of a government Gulfstream jet; snooping on Associated Press reporters; giving de facto exemptions to renegade IRS politicos; and trying to create civilian trials for terrorist killers like KSM, one of the architects of the 9/11 attacks. But he will be known mostly for re-teaching Americans to think of...
  • Should We Hope to Die at 75? [VDH]

    09/25/2014 6:39:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Contra Ezekiel Emanuel, age is no absolute barometer for human vitality and dignity. Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay — “Why I Hope to Die at 75” — 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, “We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.” But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects...
  • Old and In the Way?

    09/25/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama...
  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • Where Have All the Allies Gone?

    09/18/2014 5:30:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won't continue to seek new targets for its devastation. If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate. It is critical for United States to put together...
  • Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

    09/11/2014 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama's red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes and mass murders...
  • World at War ... VDH

    09/10/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 28 replies
    Hoover Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will the United States in its near future be hit again in the manner of the 9/11 attacks of thirteen years ago? The destruction of the World Trade Center, the suicide implosions of four passenger airliners, and the attack on the Pentagon unfortunately have become far-off memories. They are now more distant from us than was the Vietnam War was from the Korean War. Two questions will determine whether radical Islamic terrorists will attack us once more: one, are the post-9/11 anti-terrorism protocols that have so far stopped major terrorist attacks still viable and effective, and, two, is Al-Qaeda or...
  • Obama’s Untruth, Inc.

    09/09/2014 1:44:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We can usefully view the Obama administration’s chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries. THE BALD LIES OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY Remember the al-Qaeda-is-on-the-run 2012-election talking point? It was mostly a lie. The administration deliberately released to sympathetic journalists only those documents from the so-called Osama bin Laden trove that revealed worry and dissension among the terrorists. Then it nourished essays by pet journalists trumpeting the decline of al-Qaeda. Disturbing memos that confounded that narrative, as Weekly Standard journalist Steven F. Hayes recently noted, were kept back. “On the run” was dropped after...
  • Are the Orcs Winning?

    09/08/2014 8:10:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Fantasy versus reality. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings [1] was sometimes faulted by literary critics for caricaturing the evil orcs [2] as uniformly bad. All of them were as unpleasant to look as they were deadly to encounter. There is not a single good orc or even a reformed orc in the trilogy. The apparent one-dimensional assumption of men, hobbits, dwarves, and elves is that the only good orc is a dead orc. So the absolutist Tolkien tried to teach us about the enduring nature of absolute good and evil. Apparently he did not think that anything from...
  • Only Deterrence Can Prevent War [Peace Through Strength]

    09/04/2014 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/4/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Most aggressors take stupid risks only when they feel they won't be stopped. The world seems to be falling apart. Only lunatics from North Korea or Iran once mumbled about using nuclear weapons against their supposed enemies. Now Vladimir Putin, after gobbling up the Crimea, points to his nuclear arsenal and warns the West not to “mess” with Russia. The Middle East terrorist group the Islamic State keeps beheading its captives and threatening the West. Meanwhile Obama admits to the world that we “don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with such barbaric terrorists. Not long ago he compared them...
  • The New World Disorder

    09/02/2014 4:56:54 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/2/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    To Obama, the retrenchment of the West was not only inevitable but to be welcomed. In just the last five or six years the world has been fundamentally transformed. Instead of the old accustomed Western-inspired postwar global order, crafted and ensured by the United States and its European and Japanese partners, there is now mostly chaos, from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Or, rather, there may be emerging new rules, given that we are still frozen in a Wild West moment, when everyone in the saloon has drawn his six-shooter, paused, and is wondering what happened to...
  • The Madness of 2008: The Perfect Storm That Gave Us Obama

    08/26/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.</p>
  • The Madness of 2008

    08/26/2014 7:44:03 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | August 26, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    AUGUST 26, 2014 The Madness of 2008 A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened. By Victor Davis Hanson America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership. For those who are “shocked” at the present meltdown, of a magnitude not seen since...
  • Sherman in Gaza [VDH]

    08/20/2014 5:31:44 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/20/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    His march through Georgia has been gravely misunderstood ― as has Israel’s strategy in Gaza. William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.” He remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American military history. Sherman was an attritionist, not an annihilationist — a strategist who believed in attacking the sources that fuel and field an army rather than butting heads against the army itself. To review his career is to shed light on why the Israeli Defense Forces were both effective in Gaza...
  • VDH: Living Out Critical Legal Theory (Ferguson, the border and beyond)

    08/19/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | August 19, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>It may not have been the aim of Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson to outsource security responsibilities to someone affiliated with the New Black Panthers and a legal activist group, but that is the impression that one receives from listening to his exchange with and praise of Malik Shabazz. If this is the same Malik Shabazz who has a long history of virulent racist and inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, then there has been at least a partial erosion of legal authority in Ferguson.</p>
  • Our ‘Face in the Crowd’

    08/18/2014 9:04:15 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does...
  • Revolutionary Justice (VDH)

    08/18/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Certainly any time in America that an unarmed suspect is fatally shot by a policeman of the opposite race, there is a need for concern and a quick and full inquiry of the circumstances leading to such a deadly use of force. That said, there is something disturbing about the demagogic efforts to rush to judgment in Ferguson, Mo. While it is understandable to deplore the militarization of the police that might accentuate rising tensions on the street, and to note that a mostly white police force might be less sensitive to a majority African-American populace, there is as yet...
  • Will NATO End With a Whimper?

    08/07/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ISTANBUL -- April marked the 65th birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed at the height of the Cold War to stop the huge postwar Red Army from overrunning Western Europe. NATO in 1949 had only 12 members, comprising Western Europe, Canada and the United States. Its original mission was simple. According to the alliance's first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, NATO was formed "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Western Europeans were terrified of the Soviet Union, which had just gobbled up all of Eastern Europe. They feared that the American army...
  • 1984 Redux: Orwellian Illegal Immigration

    08/04/2014 12:49:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3,2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Everything we are told about illegal immigration is mostly a lie, and a self-serving one at that. Remember that fact, and the current debate over the border becomes comprehensible.</p> <p>Fleeing to an Oppressive Society?</p> <p>How odd that almost no advocate ever says, “We want amnesty so that our kinsmen have a shot, as we have had a shot, at an independent judiciary, equality under the law, the rule of law, true democracy, free speech, protection of human rights, free-market capitalism, and protection of private property. For all that, millions risk their lives.” But instead there is either nothing, or a continual critique of the U.S. If we were to take a newly arrived illegal alien, and enroll him in a typical Chicano Studies course, he would logically wish to return across the border as soon as possible.</p>
  • All Clintoned Out

    07/14/2014 11:24:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 July 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out. By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly...
  • Are Obama’s Advisers Unhinged?

    07/08/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | July 8, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Surely reports that President Obama is going down to Texas at the height of the Katrina-like border debacle to raise money at the home of the popular but often polarizing filmmaker and Quentin Tarantino–collaborator Robert Rodriguez are the stuff of right-wing mythology?</p>
  • Looking Back at Iraq

    06/26/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So who lost Iraq? The blame game mostly fingers incompetent Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Or is Barack Obama culpable for pulling out all American troops monitoring the success of the 2007–08 surge? Some still blame George W. Bush for going into Iraq in 2003 in the first place to remove Saddam Hussein. One can blame almost anyone, but one must not invent facts to support an argument. Do we remember that Bill Clinton signed into law the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that supported regime change in Iraq? He gave an eloquent speech on the dangers of Saddam Hussein’s...
  • Obama's World Disorder

    06/25/2014 3:44:50 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    hoover Institution ^ | June 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration’s foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice. Germany in the last 150 years has been at the center of three European wars, winning one, losing another, and destroying much of Europe and itself in the third. Yet present-day Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It is...
  • The Un-Midas Touch (Victor Davis Hanson rips Obozo real good alert)

    08/11/2014 5:24:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: How did immoral special interests hijack U.S. immigration law

    07/10/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/10/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No one knows just how many tens of thousands of Central American nationals -- most of them desperate, unescorted children and teens -- are streaming across America's southern border. Yet this phenomenon offers us a proverbial teachable moment about the paradoxes and hypocrisies of Latin American immigration to the United States. For all the pop romance in Latin America associated with Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, few Latinos prefer to immigrate to such communist utopias or to socialist spins-offs like Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador or Peru. Instead, hundreds of thousands of poor people continue to risk danger to enter democratic, free-market America,...
  • Our Roost, Obama’s Chickens [Victor Davis Hanson]

    07/08/2014 6:37:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/8/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Often, crazy things seem normal for a time because logical catastrophes do not immediately follow.</p> <p>A deeply suspicious Richard Nixon systematically and without pushback for years undermined and politicized almost every institution of the federal government, from the CIA and the FBI to the IRS and the attorney general’s office. Nixon seemed to get away with it — until his second term. Once the public woke up, however, the eventual accounting proved devastating: resignation of a sitting president, prison sentences for his top aides, collapse of the Republican party, government stasis, a ruined economy, the destruction of the Vietnam peace accords that had led to a viable South Vietnam, the end of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic breakthroughs, and a generation of abject cynicism about government. Did Nixon ever grasp that such destruction was the natural wage of his own paranoia?</p>
  • The New Regressives ... Victor Davis Hanson

    06/03/2014 11:08:46 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3 June 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Today’s liberalism is about as liberal as the Hellenistic world was Hellenic — a glossy veneer over a rotten core. In the old days, liberalism was about the means to an end, not the end itself. Since the days of Socrates, liberalism enshrined free inquiry, guided by inductive thinking and empirical use of data. Its enemies were not necessary organized religion — some of the Church fathers sought to find their salvation through the means of neo-Platonic cosmology and Aristotelian logic — or government or traditional custom and practice, but rather deductive thinking anywhere it was found.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's cabinet is incompetent

    05/23/2014 10:12:31 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 05/22/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent

    05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • The Rural Way by Victor Davis Hanson

    01/14/2014 10:16:23 PM PST · by dennisw · 34 replies
    pjmedia. ^ | January 12th, 2014 | by Victor Davis Hanson
    Hard physical work is still a requisite for a sound outlook on an ever more crazy world. I ride a bike; but such exercise is not quite the same, given that the achievement of doing 35 miles is therapeutic for the body and mind, but does not lead to a sense of accomplishment in the material sense — a 30-foot dead tree cut up, a shed rebuilt, a barn repainted. I never quite understood why all these joggers in Silicon Valley have immigrants from Latin America doing their landscaping. Would not seven hours a week spent raking and pruning be...
  • Victor Davis Hanson commentary: China behaving as Japan did in 1930s

    01/09/2014 8:12:34 PM PST · by traumer · 40 replies
    In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might — after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization — into formidable military power. At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests. Japan had been a British ally and a partner of the democracies in World War I. Most of its engineering talent was trained in Britain and France. The West even declared Japan to be one of the “Big Five” world economic...
  • If It Wasn't Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else (Victor Davis Hanson)

    09/07/2013 11:32:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 6, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance...
  • The Strange Case of Mexican Emigration ... Victor Davis Hanson

    07/19/2013 5:18:32 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 18 July 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are many strange elements in the current debate over illegal immigration, but none stranger than the mostly ignored role of Mexico. Are millions of Mexican citizens still trying to cross the U.S. border illegally because there is dismal economic growth and a shortage of jobs in Mexico? Not anymore. In terms of the economy, Mexico has rarely done better, and the United State rarely worse. The Mexican unemployment rate is currently below 5 percent. North of the border it remains stuck at over 7 percent for the 53rd consecutive month of the Obama presidency. The American gross domestic product...
  • Lies Subvert Democracy ... Victor Davis Hanson

    06/20/2013 5:32:30 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | 20 June 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble. If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our system of citizens’ computing their own taxes implodes. Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS’s top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency’s conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined, if not in jail. Almost everything that IRS officials have reported about the agency’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups has proven false. IRS malfeasance was not limited only to the Cincinnati...