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Victor Davis Hanson “The Second World Wars”, Part 2 by The Elephant's Child
December 13, 2017, 6:43 am
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Here’s the second interview with Victor Davis Hanson on his new history of “The Second World Wars.” The first is here.   That “S” on Wars is quite deliberate. The men fighting on Guadalcanal had little in common with the tankers at el- Alamein or those in Burma or in the hedgerows of Normandy. A great gift for any military man or history buff. And even some women have actually enjoyed studying  history.

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Victor Davis Hanson Explains the Left’s Hypocrisy about Equality by The Elephant's Child

Well, professors at our universities have long seethed with not just envy but anger at CEOs in American industry. After all, you can read what their salaries are in the financial pages or in annual reports. Professors prefer to pretend that their concern is at the diversity of the salaries of the ordinary working stiff and the CEO. What really lights their fuses is that they, the professors, have Doctorates! PhDs! They are the scholars of the nation, the recognized elite.

Of course they do not recognize that CEOs are awarded their salaries by the corporate Board of Directors, in recognition of the profitability of the corporation itself, and in relation to the economy.

What if the elite professors in our nation’s universities had to demonstrate what their students have learned at the end of four years, in order to justify their salaries.” I rest my case.



Pearl Harbor and the Legacy of Carl Vinson by The Elephant's Child

U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate Third Class Dusty Howell

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Seventy-six years ago, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and suddenly we were full participants in the war that had been raging in Europe and China. Those who were old enough to experience the war are dying off, and soon there will be no one who remembers. From the current state of our colleges and universities, they seem to be turning out students who know nothing about history at all.

Seventy-six years ago on December 7, 1941, carrier planes from  the Imperial Japanese fleet attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in a surprise attack on the home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. It was followed a few days later by an attack on the Philippines.

The surprise attack on the fleet killed 2,402 Americans, sank or submerged 19 ships, including eight battleships damaged or destroyed. Just four days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.

Victor Davis Hanson writes today of the contribution of one Democratic Congressman from Georgia, Carl Vinson. Do read the whole thing.

The Japanese fleet had missed the three absent American carriers of the Pacific Fleet. Nonetheless, Japanese admirals were certain that the United States was so crippled after the attack that it would not be able to go on the offensive against the Japanese Pacific empire for years, if at all. Surely the wounded Americans would sue for peace, or at least concentrate on Europe and keep out of the Japanese-held Pacific.

That was a fatal miscalculation.

The Japanese warlords had known little of the tireless efforts of one Democratic congressman from Georgia, Carl Vinson.

For nearly a decade before Pearl Harbor, Vinson had schemed and politicked in brilliant fashion to ensure that America was building a two-ocean navy larger than all the major navies of the world combined.

If you have a history buff on your gift list, get them a copy of Dr. Hanson’s brilliant new book: The Second Word WarsIf you’re feeling generous, add With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge.

The photograph is of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson



Victor Davis Hanson: “The Mythologies of the 2016 Election” by The Elephant's Child

What really happened in the election and why, and why the Democrats are in such trouble today. I hope you have time for this, because it’s very important. A lot has happened since, and Dr. Hanson explains it.  I posted this a while back, but it bears repeating. It’s hard to find time for anything that lasts more than 15 minutes, I thought you’d have more time on the weekend.The president’s poll numbers may be down, but the economy is up, consumer confidence is up—the highest level since December of 2000. So why are Trump’s poll levels down? Depends on just who they are polling.

We’re in a poorly understood battle today.  The Democrats seem to have gone insane, but they are only firmly out of power, except at the municipal level. We have some remarkably bad mayors out there. Democrats are determined to bring down this president, because they have nothing else. Obama left their party in ruins, and now Hillary’s emails are being released by the FBI, and it may yet be revealed what she was up to. They want her to go away quietly, but the eternal book tour continues.

This video again explains what happened and why — and why we must recognize the Left’s efforts to bring disgrace or impeach this president for disagreeing with them and their agenda.



Constructive Chaos From the White House by The Elephant's Child
October 22, 2017, 6:32 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Victor Davis Hanson has a column at the Hoover Institution’s online journal Defining Ideas, about Donald Trump’s “Constructive Chaos” that is very worth your time, in this era when the slightest move by the Trump administration is dissected and analyzed for potential impeachment content. We don’t hear much about what he accomplishing, only about his racism, sexism, fascism and whatever else they manage to come up with.

Almost daily, President Trump manages to incense the media, alarm the world abroad, and enrage his Democratic opposition. Not since Ronald Reagan’s first year in office has change and disruption come so fast from the White House.

Let’s consider foreign affairs first. In response to North Korea’s nuclear threats to hit the American West coast, Trump promised Kim Jung-un utter destruction. And for sport he ridicules him as “rocket man.” ISIS is now on the run. The terrorist group has given up on its once-promised caliphate—in part because Trump changed the rules of engagement and allowed American generals at the front to use their own judgment and discretion on how best to destroy their enemies. Trump has bowed out from certifying a continuation of the Iranian deal and sent it back to Congress for reform, rejection, or ratification. In the case of the Paris climate accord, he simply pulled the United States out completely, reminding its adherents that the use of natural gas has allowed America to reduce carbon emissions far more dramatically than have most of its critics. As in the case of the Iran deal, the Obama administration never sent the Paris agreement to the Senate for a treaty vote.

Domestically, too, Trump has not been afraid to make major changes. In terms of the so-called Dreamers—children who were brought into the United States illegally by their parents and protected by the DACA executive orders of Barack Obama—for now Trump has sent the matter back to the Congress for proper legislative review. On Obamacare, Trump has issued executive orders to free up the health market and remove subsidies and monopolistic regulations on how health plans are structured and sold. His reasoning was that the Obama executive orders on health care were illegal, so revising them was necessary and legal rather than inflammatory.

There are objections, even from Republicans, because Trump is using executive orders to accomplish these ends, but Trump is simply using Obama’s own tools to reverse what Obama had wrought.

The Paris Climate agreement and the Iran Deal were clearly treaties and should have been turned over to the Senate for ratification. Obama knew ratification was impossible, so he simply called them presidential protocols, signed them, and declared that they were  legally binding agreements.

Trump is following the law by turning them over to the Senate for debate, but also following his own political instincts by assuming that both of these deals are badly flawed and put the United States at a disadvantage, which they do. But those who wanted these illegal treaties can blame the Senate, not Trump, or at least not entirely. ISIS, which Obama called the JV team, and said was impossible to control, has been defeated in a matter of months by changing the rules of engagement.

Do read the whole thing. It’s a good clarification of what is actually going on, rather than what CNN reports.



Why Are We In These Strange Times? by The Elephant's Child

This is a fairly long video, but very worth your while. Dr. Hansen explains the Obama Administration, the election, and why we seem to have entered such a surreal period.

Democrats have lost elections before, but never so completely or thoroughly. They have never before reacted so badly, nor hated so viciously, nor demonstrated their hatred so tastelessly.

Who could ever have dreamed of a Kathy Griffin and her pretend ISIS decapitation, and now she’s back, apologizing for her apology. Undoubtedly her audience would not accept her regret and she is emboldened. Pity. One assumed she could not get more disgusting.



Victor Davis Hanson Explains the Media Hysteria Over Trump And the Reality by The Elephant's Child

I think most of us have noticed that the American media seem to have slipped a cog. They are no longer the serious observers of government, exposing wrongdoing and praising praiseworthy ventures. They were supposed to serve as the watchdogs, alerting us to error and triumph, but they have instead become highly partisan purveyors of platitudes, or as President Trump tweets—fake news. That is perhaps too strong a term, but they are clearly partisan, and getting a lot of issues just plain wrong. If the media cannot get things right, the people have lost their guidelines.

People don’t seem to know quite what to make of President Donald Trump. Dr. Hanson gives the best explanation I have seen anywhere. Trump speaks differently. Dan Bongino who is from Queens, says simply that Trump talks like someone from Queens. I think a goodly amount of press angst comes from President Trump’s tweets. No president has tweeted before, and Trump says what he thinks. The media expects measured and carefully prepared speech, and don’t know what to do with such revelations. Salena Zito, outstanding reporter, says to ‘take Trump seriously, not literally’.

Victor Davis Hanson is an American classicist, military historian, columnist and farmer, professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and currently a fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, This is a clip from a longer speech given at Hillsdale College on May 26. 2017.




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