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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare.

COMMENTARY’s writing is predictably engaging and edgy, but its content is anything but homogeneous. Center-right perspectives characterize contributions, but not predictably so. Jewish affairs are thematic,...

In his fifth Philippic—an invective aimed at rival Marc Antony in January 43 b.c.e.—the Roman statesman Cicero famously lamented the growing size of the subversive...

Order of Battle War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism by Douglas Feith Harper. 688 pp. $27.95   "The stupidest f—ing guy on...

Americans have regularly changed their minds in the midst of their ongoing wars—and not just once, but often. War is a volatile enterprise....

I do accept the term World War IV, as well as the idea behind it, and here is why I think Norman Podhoretz is right....

Dear Max, I wouldn't necessarily conflate being more aggressive with being more brutal. We can patrol more, embed more advisors, shoot and arrest more insurgents, all...

Dear Max, I agree that we should have more forces in Iraq and more in reserve. But there are considerations that transcend numbers. Remember Vietnam: 530,000...

Dear Max, So I think we agree on what the problems are and the preferred solutions, but we are not sure whether the U.S. can implement...

Dear Max, The surge, in my opinion, could very well work—if it is the catalyst for a change in tactics. In COMMENTARY and elsewhere, many observers...

In recent years, the term “revolution in military affairs” (RMA) has come to be applied to the vast change that computerized intelligence and globalization have...

The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq by Fouad Ajami Free Press. 400 pp. $26.00 The last year or so has seen several...

Ten years ago, Michael R. Gordon of the New York Times and the retired General Bernard Trainor wrote a critically acclaimed revisionist history of the...