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Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

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

Illustration on California,cannibal state by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

California becomes America's cannibal state

For more than six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax. Published April 10, 2019

Illustration on a Trump victory in 2020 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Can Trump win in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Mr. Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton. Published March 20, 2019

Illustration on destroying history by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Waging war against the dead

The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. Published March 13, 2019

Illustration on the travails of 1969 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The continued resilience of Quiet America

Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. Published March 6, 2019

Illustration on the State of California's financial plight by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

California's rendezvous with reality

Californians brag that their state is the world's fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods. Published February 27, 2019

Reality Words Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing reality with words

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy "wetlands." Fetid "dumps" are often rebranded as green "landfills." Published February 20, 2019