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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

HANSON: Economic anomalies

Are we headed to something like the Great Depression? There is clearly much to worry about. Most of America's private retirement 401(k) accounts have significantly decreased in value since last autumn's crash. Home equity has plunged. The unemployment rate is above 7 percent and climbing. Published March 1, 2009

HANSON: 'Impulsive' America?

President Barack Obama's first TV interview was with the Dubai-based, partly Saudi-funded Al Arabiya satellite channel. In passing, he faulted past American policy for too readily "dictating" in the Middle East. He had better things to say about Saudi King Abdullah's "courage" in trying to solve the Middle East crisis. Published February 22, 2009

HANSON: Hardly the best and brightest

Most historians agree that earthquakes, droughts or barbarians did not unravel classical Athens or imperial Rome. Published February 15, 2009

HANSON: Been there, done that

With much fanfare, President Barack Obama announced a new effort to end the endless Israeli-Palestinian struggle - by naming a brand-new Middle East envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell. Published February 8, 2009

HANSON: Back to Earth?

Last week the United States got lucky again and took out several suspected terrorists by Predator drone attacks over Pakistan. Antiwar critics prior to Jan. 20 used to decry "collateral damage" from such controversial strikes. But there was a weird silence here about the Obama administration's successful first attack - despite the usual complaints from abroad that several civilians perished. Published February 1, 2009

HANSON: Obama's unreal expectations

For nearly three months since the election, we have been warned by President Obama, his staff and the media not to burden him with unreal expectations that no mere mortal could meet. Published January 25, 2009

HANSON: Don't waste a crisis?

Euphemism comes from the Greek word euphemia, which means "using the good word" - usually in place of the accurate bad one. Recently we've become experts at it. Published January 18, 2009

HANSON: The Gaza rules

The Israelis have struck back hard at Hamas in Gaza. In response, the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab world (at least publicly) expressed their anger at the killing of more than 300 Palestinians, most of whom were terrorists and Hamas officials. Published January 4, 2009

HANSON: The that-was-then year

As 2008 comes to a close, almost nothing has turned out as was expected at the beginning of the year - whether we consider oil prices, the war in Iraq, political corruption or the collapse of the U.S. financial system. Published December 28, 2008

HANSON: Rhetoric vs. reality

American presidential election rhetoric always paints the incumbent as incompetent in foreign policy, the challenger insightful and skillful. A look at recent history, however, shows that once the opposition gains office, the world suddenly becomes not so black and white. Published December 21, 2008

HANSON: Who's to blame?

When someone screams about a terrible policy of the present administration, just pose four questions -- Published December 14, 2008

HANSON: Back to the past

For three days, Islamist gunmen nearly shut down Mumbai, the financial center of India. The terrorists - Pakistani militants, according to Indian authorities - murdered almost 200 innocents and left hundreds of others wounded, giving reprieve only to hostages they thought were Muslims. Published December 7, 2008

HANSON: Baby boomers' hysterical style

Politicians now predict the implosion of the U.S. auto industry. Headlines warn the entire banking system is on the verge of utter collapse. The all-day/all-night cable news shows and op-ed columnists talk of another Dark Age on the horizon, as each day another corporation lines up for its me-too bailout. Published November 30, 2008

HANSON: Failure not an option

We all remember the advice about failure we received from our parents and teachers. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." "Learn from your mistakes." "Failure breeds success." Published November 23, 2008

HANSON: Small change

We will likely see a lot of political "readjustments" come January, once President-elect Barack Obama and many new Democratic congressmen assume office, and the Republican administration leaves. Published November 16, 2008

HANSON: Make haste slowly

Festina lente. Make haste slowly. That was the motto of the revolutionary-minded young Augustus who soon grasped that he needed to build upon Rome's past, rather than dismantle it. Published November 7, 2008

HANSON: Comparing us to what?

After the September financial meltdown, many abroad, and some at home, immediately - and with undisguised glee - blamed U.S. problems on cowboy excess and forecast the end of American global influence. Published November 2, 2008

HANSON: The Obama enigma

Lame-duck Republican President Bush's dismal poll ratings have descended to those of Harry Truman's when he left office. The Democratic majority in Congress will probably widen after the election. Republican nominee John McCain has not run a dynamic campaign. Gen. Colin Powell, George Bush's former secretary of state, has now enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama. Published October 26, 2008

HANSON: It's the debt, stupid

Who caused the American financial panic and the wild swings in our financial system - and what are we going to do about it in the long term after the markets settle down? Published October 19, 2008