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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Harry S. Truman    Associated Press photo

Truman as a model for Donald Trump

When President Harry S. Truman left office in January 1953, most Americans were glad to see him go. Since the introduction of presidential approval ratings, Mr. Truman's 32 percent rating was the lowest for any departing president except for that of Richard Nixon, who 21 years later resigned amid the Watergate scandal. Published May 9, 2018

Illustration on Trump's negotiation style by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad cop, good cop

During his first 15 months as president, Donald Trump has postured as the bad cop. Published May 2, 2018

Illustration on advice for Trump's foreign policy by ALexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump seeks middle ground in foreign-policy balancing act

Was the latest round of airstrikes in Syria a one-time hit to restore deterrence and stop the future use of chemical weapons, or was it part of a slippery slope of more interventions in the Middle East? Published April 18, 2018

Robert Mueller at the crossroads

Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 in reaction to a media still gripped by near hysteria over the inexplicable defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Published April 11, 2018

Illustration on Trump and diplomacy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Trump dissolves the Gordian knot

The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed. Published April 4, 2018

Lying Snakes of the Deep State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The distortions of unelected officials

On March 17, ex-CIA Director John Brennan tweeted about the current president of the United States: "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. ... America will triumph over you." Published March 28, 2018

Illustration on the absurd extremes that result from creating "equality" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The rapid 'progress' of progressivism

Not long ago I waited for a flight to board. The plane took off 45 minutes late. There were only two attendants to accommodate 11 passengers who had requested wheelchair assistance. Published March 7, 2018

Illustration on the failures of the Mueller investigation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The paradoxes of the Mueller investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin's Russia is zero. Published February 21, 2018

Illustration on corruption of the FISA court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration's attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in. Published February 7, 2018

Illustration on the geographic seats of powere by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rethinking the geography of power

Where the seats of power are located matters. Given the populist revolt in the United States and Europe against the so-called "global elite," it is time to refigure the geography of governmental and transnational power. Published January 31, 2018

Illustration on California's criminally profligate ways by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another California spending spree

Nobody quite knows who built Stonehenge some 5,000 years ago in southern England. The mysterious ring of huge stone monoliths stands mute. Published January 24, 2018

Illustration on high tech's deleterious effects on commerce by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Big Tech chameleon

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Published January 17, 2018

Illustration on problems with continued U.S. support of the Palestinians by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The faded Palestinian issue

President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Mr. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Published January 10, 2018

Change may come in North Korea

For good or evil, we may see radical changes in North Korea in 2018. The beefed-up United Nations sanctions by midyear could lead to widespread North Korean hunger, as well as the virtual end of the country's industry and transportation. Published January 3, 2018

Illustration on problems in California by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Christmas lessons from California

Rarely has such a naturally rich and scenic region become so mismanaged by so many creative and well-intentioned people. Published December 20, 2017