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Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

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

HANSON: Global nervous breakdown?

Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted money was the real source of military power and national influence. We have been reminded of that classical wisdom these last three weeks. Published October 5, 2008

HANSON: Dr. Frankenstein's Wall Street

When the mortgage bubble burst, Americans were "shocked" at how many Wall Street buccaneers had been gambling in a vast pyramid scheme with someone else's money. Paper fortunes were made buying and selling questionable subprime mortgages on the silly assumption that such gargantuan inside profiting would always expand - even as the number of homebuyers able to buy overpriced properties was shrinking. Published September 28, 2008

HANSON: Obama proves all too human

Many things Barack Obama did to soar past Hillary Clinton during the primaries now cause him problems as the general-election race tightens. Published September 21, 2008

HANSON: What was feminism?

The media went hysterical over Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican nominee for vice president. She may have appeared to the public as an independent, capable professional woman, but to a particular elite she couldn't possibly be a real feminist or even a serious candidate. Published September 12, 2008