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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

The Brexit Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Is England still part of Europe?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit. Published September 11, 2019

Illustration on the ghosts of World War II by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ghosts of World War II

World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. Published September 4, 2019

Illustration on Bernie Sanders and Socialism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why socialism, and why now?

The fresh celebrity "Squad" of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen -- Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat -- often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. Published August 28, 2019

Non-aggression pact : A bad deal, 80 years ago illustration

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: A bad deal, 80 years ago

Some 80 years ago, on Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the Treaty of non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Published August 14, 2019

Illustration on the Treaty of Versailles by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The lessons of the Versailles Treaty

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. Published July 24, 2019

Illustration on Democratic party issue trajectories by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the Democrats are on a losing track

Presidential candidates from both parties usually sound hard-core in the primaries to appeal to their progressive or conservative bases. But for the general election, the nominees move to the center to pick off swing voters and centrist independents. Published July 3, 2019

Illustration on calm over Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the United States can afford to stay calm with Iran

President Trump recently ordered and then called off a retaliatory strike against Iran for destroying a U.S. surveillance drone. The United States asserts that the drone was operating in international space. Iran claims it was in Iranian airspace. Published June 26, 2019

Why Iran despises the Trump administration

The United States then ramped up sanctions on the Iranian theocracy to try to ensure that it stopped nuclear enrichment. The Trump administration also hoped a strapped Iran would become less capable of funding terrorist operations in the Middle East and beyond, proxy wars in the Persian Gulf, and the opportune harassment of ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Published June 19, 2019

Illustration on politicians who evade the consequences of their actions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why are the Western middle classes so angry?

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump's election and the "yellow vests" protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of Southern and Eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives? Published June 12, 2019

Greece on the World Stage Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Greece finds new footing as a player on the world stage

After Greece temporarily hosted a pair of U.S. military drones, Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos said last fall that, "It's very important for Greece that the United States deploy military assets in Greece on a more permanent base." Published June 5, 2019

Illustration on Democrats' obsession with persecuting President Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump becomes the Democrats' great white whale

One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels. Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months. Published May 29, 2019

Our modern 'Satyricon'

The novel survives only in a series of extended fragments. But there are enough chapters for critics to agree that the high-living Petronius, nicknamed the "Judge of Elegance," was a brilliant cynic. He often mocked the cultural consequences of the sudden and disruptive influx of money and strangers from elsewhere in the Mediterranean region into a once-traditional Roman society. Published May 15, 2019

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's behavior by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton projection syndrome

Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller's massive report. She concluded of the report's assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Trump's words and actions that "any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted." Published May 1, 2019