Victor Davis Hanson: Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate

Victor Davis Hanson: Why FISA-gate is scarier than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration’s attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in. In the Iran-Contra affair of 1985-87, the media […]

Victor Davis Hanson: It may be time to transfer seats of power to other cities

Victor Davis Hanson: It may be time to transfer seats of power to other cities

Where the seats of power are located matters. Given the populist revolt in the United States and Europe against the so-called “global elite,” it is time to refigure the geography of governmental and transnational power. Take the United Nations. Much of the international body’s perceived negatives derive from being in the world’s richest and most […]

Victor Davis Hanson: Projected costs for California’s high-speed rail project have soared

Victor Davis Hanson: Projected costs for California’s high-speed rail project have soared

Nobody quite knows who built Stonehenge some 5,000 years ago in southern England. The mysterious ring of huge stone monoliths stands mute. Californians may leave behind similarly enigmatic monuments for puzzled future generations. Along a 119-mile pathway in central California from Bakersfield to Madera, there are now huge, quarter-finished cement overpasses. These are the totems […]

Victor Davis Hanson: The big tech chameleon

Victor Davis Hanson: The big tech chameleon

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Cellphones were still simply mobile, small and expensive telephones. There was no concept of a phone as a handheld computer. Today, five companies […]

Victor Davis Hanson: Palestinian aid issue fades with peace talks

Victor Davis Hanson: Palestinian aid issue fades with peace talks

President Trump set off another Twitter firestorm last week when he hinted that he may be considering cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Mr. Trump was angered over Palestinian unwillingness to engage in peace talks with Israel after the Trump administration announced the move of the U.S. […]

Victor Davis Hanson: ‘Darkest Hour,’ Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, World War II

Victor Davis Hanson: ‘Darkest Hour,’ Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, World War II

The new film “Darkest Hour” offers the diplomatic side to the recent action movie “Dunkirk.” The story unfolds with the drama of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill assuming power during the Nazi invasion of France in May 1940. Churchill’s predecessor, the sickly Neville Chamberlain, had lost confidence of the English people and the British government. […]

Gary Anderson: ‘The Second World Wars’ book review

Gary Anderson: ‘The Second World Wars’ book review

THE SECOND WORLD WARS: HOW THE FIRST GLOBAL CONFLICT WAS FOUGHT AND WON By Victor Davis Hanson Basic Books, $25, 750 pages On those occasions when I watch “Jeopardy” on TV, I have always wondered why people born after 1980 seem to do so poorly when the category has something to do with World War […]

Victor Davis Hanson: Special investigators often have their own moral lapses

Victor Davis Hanson: Special investigators often have their own moral lapses

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was supposed to run a narrow investigation into accusations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. But so far, Mr. Mueller’s work has been plagued by almost daily improper leaks (e.g., “sources report,” “it emerged,” “some say”) about investigations that seem to have little to do […]

Victor Davis Hanson: China imports Western technology while deriding the West

Victor Davis Hanson: China imports Western technology while deriding the West

A few weeks ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for China’s progress at the Communist Party Congress in Beijing. Despite his talk of global cooperation, the themes were familiar socialist boilerplate about Chinese economic and military superiority to come. Implicit in the 205-minute harangue were echoes of the themes of the […]

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