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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

The Problem with NATO Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NATO's challenge is Germany, not America

During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated President Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. Published July 18, 2018

Illustration on the emotional and political state of the Democrat party by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When the left can't come to grips with losing power

Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, urged protestors to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations or department stores. Published July 4, 2018

Illustration on redaction and linguistic surgery for exonerating Hillary Clinton by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Scandals sanitized with linguistic trickery

Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality. Published June 20, 2018

Illustration on Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

The silencing of the inspectors general

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators. Published June 13, 2018

Illustration on Europes's vanishing calm by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Europe's vanishing calm

The Rhone River Valley in southern France is a storybook marriage of high technology, traditional vineyards and ancestral villages. High-speed trains and well-designed toll roads crisscross majestic cathedrals, castles and chateaus. Published June 6, 2018

The Watergate Complex is seen in Washington, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The Watergate Hotel, part of a complex made famous by a presidential scandal, is heading to the auction block Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The carnivores of civil liberties

After a landslide loss in the 1972 presidential election, the Democratic Party was resuscitated the following year by the Watergate scandal. The destruction of the Nixon presidency powered the Democrats to make huge political gains in the 1974 elections. Published May 30, 2018

Illustration on U.S. leverage with North Korea and Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The U.S. has the leverage with Iran and North Korea

There has been a lot of misinformation about both getting out of the so-called Iran deal and getting into a new North Korean agreement. The two situations may be connected, but not in the way we are usually told. Published May 23, 2018

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