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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won,” from Basic Books. You can reach him by e-mailing

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Donna Grethen

HANSON: When racial preferences become payback

Sometime in the new millennium, "global warming" evolved into "climate change." Amid growing controversies over the planet's past temperatures, Al Gore and other activists understood that human-induced "climate change" could better explain almost any weather extremity -- droughts or floods, too much heat or cold, hurricanes and tornadoes. Published March 18, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

HANSON: Recessional for a retiring power

Republicans and Democrats are blaming one another for impending cuts to the defense budget brought about by sequestration. With serial annual deficits of $1 trillion-plus, however, and an aggregate debt nearing $17 trillion, the United States -- like an insolvent Rome and exhausted Great Britain of the past -- was bound to re-examine its expensive overseas commitments and strategic profile. Published March 1, 2013

The Washington Times

HANSON: Legality of illegal immigration

President Obama recently issued an edict exempting an estimated 800,000 to 1 million illegal aliens from the consequences of federal immigration law. Ostensibly, the blanket amnesty applies to those who arrived before the age of 16 and are younger than 30, who are in or graduated from high school or have served in the military, and who have not been convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors. Published June 27, 2012

The Washington Times

HANSON: From hope and change to fear and smear

Barack Obama lately has been accusing presumptive rival Mitt Romney of not waging his campaign in the nice (but losing) manner of John McCain in 2008. But a more marked difference can be seen in President Obama himself, whose style and record bear no resemblance to his glory days of four years ago. Published June 8, 2012

**FILE** French President Francois Hollande (Associated Press)

HANSON: Let sleeping Germans lie

The newly elected French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, is warning Germany that Mediterranean ideas of "growth," not Germanic "austerity," should be the new European creed. Published May 17, 2012

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

HANSON: Drilling is a win, win choice for U.S.

When the summer driving season starts soon, and tension heats up about Iran, gas may reach $5 a gallon. Nothing bothers voters more than paying an extra $20 or $30 every time they fill up. In times like these, they soon might prefer even an oilman in the White House to an ideologue whose opposition to new oil development seems more religious than empirically based. Published March 22, 2012

"There's more than one way to get to the goal, ... I'm going to find a way to get our budget balanced," says Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown. (Bloomberg)

HANSON: Assigning blame for California’s penury

In "March in March" protests, thousands of students in California universities recently demonstrated in outrage over spiraling tuition costs. At the California State University (CSU) and University of California multi-campus systems, tuition hikes in recent years have far exceeded the national average. Meanwhile, universities slash classes, cut key research and rely even more on exploited and poorly paid part-time lecturers and graduate-student teaching assistants. Published March 15, 2012

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

HANSON: Sick and tired of the Middle East

Americans - left, right, Democrats and Republicans - are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice but rather a last resort after earlier failures. The United States long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So, after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of Sept. 11, 2001, we promised in 2001 to stay on. Published March 8, 2012

Jeremey Lin

HANSON: Jeremy Lin: Achievement trumps race

Jeremy Lin is the New York Knicks basketball sensation whose so-far-brief but amazing performance on the court has set the world on fire in a mere month. Published February 28, 2012

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

HANSON: A little honesty about illegal immigration

President Obama recently assured El Salvador that the United States would not deport more of the 200,000 Salvadorans residing illegally in the United States. As the election nears and the president looks to court Hispanic voters, he also created a new position of "public advocate" for illegal immigrants. Published February 16, 2012

The Washington Times

HANSON: Iran 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0

In the manner that Jimmy Carter's reset foreign policy crashed in 1980 with the communists entering Afghanistan and Central America and American hostages taken in Iran, and was followed by a suddenly tough, new Carter Doctrine, the Obama administration likewise is forced to reset its policy. Published February 10, 2012

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck

HANSON: The un-Obama

Barack Obama's favorability in the polls falls when he is himself - overexposed, hard left in his news conferences, and boastful about legislative achievements such as Obamacare and a stimulus of more than $1 trillion. Published February 1, 2012

Illustration by Miel

HANSON: Civilization in reverse

In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed to tell the truth and be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount. Published January 19, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

HANSON: Heavy price of defense spending cuts

President Obama just ordered massive cutbacks in defense spending, eventually to total some $500 billion. There is plenty of fat in a Pentagon budget that grew after Sept. 11, 2001, but such slashing goes way too far. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

HANSON: The new old Europe

Nearly 10 years ago, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld provoked outrage by referring to "old Europe." How dare he, snapped the French and Germans, call us "old" when the utopian European Union was all the rage, the new euro was soaring in value, and the United States was increasingly isolated under the George W. Bush administration! Published December 29, 2011

Our year of decision

Sometimes long-festering problems collide - and explode - in a single memorable year. We can go as far back as the fifth century B.C. to see this phenomenon - and we may see it again in 2010. Published January 8, 2010

Our flip-flopping fights

We don't hear all that much about Iraq these days, do we? The war at one point almost tore apart this country. Public anger sent President George W. Bush's approval ratings plummeting. The outrage over our losses helped elect vocal anti-Iraq-war candidate Barack Obama. Published December 19, 2009

Why we fight

Has war been reinvented in Iraq and Afghanistan? Sometimes it seems so, with the confusion that has come with the instant communication offered by the Internet, YouTube and satellite television - along with the new arts of precision destruction via high-tech weapons like drones and GPS-guided weapons. Published December 12, 2009

Voting present on Iran

Iran just announced a radical expansion of its uranium-enrichment facilities. The news followed the recent disclosure of the country's previously secret nuclear facility near the city of Qom - and came just two days after the International Atomic Energy Agency's censure of Iran for its failure to halt enrichment. Published December 5, 2009