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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

Illustration on trump versus Sanders by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Five strong historical arguments for Trump’s reelection

The more Democrats have sought to abort the Trump presidency through impeachment, congressional investigations, lawsuits and sheer hysteria, the more Mr. Trump seems Teflon-like and his approval ratings go up. Published February 26, 2020

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, signs a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. China’s government welcomed an interim trade deal with Washington and said Thursday the two sides need to address each other’s “core concerns.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Trump’s unorthodox methods on trade and foreign policy becoming the new norm

When candidate Donald Trump campaigned on calling China to account for its trade piracy, observers thought he was either crazy or dangerous. Conventional Washington wisdom had assumed that an ascendant Beijing was almost preordained to world hegemony. President Trump's tariffs and polarization of China were considered about the worst thing an American president could do. Published February 5, 2020

Illustration on Israeli security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Israel and U.S. similar policy solutions have been a resounding success

Whether by accident or by deliberate osmosis, Israel and the United States have adopted similar solutions to their existential problems. Before 2002, during the various Palestinian intifadas, Israel suffered hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries from suicide bombers freely crossing from the West Bank and Gaza into Israel. Published January 22, 2020

Illustration on Iran’s poor options by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran’s options in all-out war with America are all bad

The United States would not have to invade Iran to end it as a modern state. A strike against the United States or its overseas military installations would result in a devastating response. Published January 8, 2020

Illustration on the press campaign against the president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the liberal media embraces unethical experts

At the very time Miss Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk-radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Mr. Steele's allegations simply could not be true. Miss Maddow was wrong. Her less-degreed critics proved to be right. Published January 1, 2020

Illustration on the Battle of the Bulge by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing. Published December 25, 2019

Illustration on former intelligence chiefs Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe offer the nation warped theories about Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have lots of things in common. They were deeply involved in the "Russian collusion" hoax. And they participated in the surveillance of the Trump campaign and transition. Published December 18, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attends a health care event at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Is President Trump the only adult in the room?

No president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election. Published December 11, 2019

Texts between then-FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page could get a more complete examination soon. (Associated Press)

Corruption at the FBI, CIA and DOJ

The moral test of our Justice Department, the congressional opposition and the FBI was to give even an often unpopular president some semblance of a fair audit. Published December 4, 2019

Illustration on Democratic party dominance of California by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What happened to California Republicans?

From 1967 to 2019, Republicans controlled the California governorship for 31 of 52 years. So why is there currently not a single statewide Republican officeholder? California also has a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Only seven of California's 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans. Published November 13, 2019

A firefighter checks on a homeless encampment in the path of a wildfire called the Dorsey Fire in Grass Valley, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Is California returning to its wilderness roots?

About one-third of the nation's welfare recipients live in California. Millions of poor newcomers require enormously expensive state health, housing, education, legal and law-enforcement services. Published October 30, 2019

Turkey illustration by Linas Garsys

Why is the U.S. still an ally to Turkey?

There are about 5,000 members of the U.S. military, mostly airmen, stationed at the huge, strategically located air base in Incirlik, Turkey, northwest of the Syrian border. The American forces at Incirlik are also the custodians of about 50 B61 nuclear bombs. Published October 23, 2019

Illustration on the growing threat of China by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Is America turning into China?

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. Published October 16, 2019