Victor Davis Hanson Interview
John Hawkins has scored a second interview with Victor Davis Hanson.
VDH is still bullish on the Iraq War:
I think that if we look at it in the longer historical expanse from the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime and not concentrate on any two to three week period, then the idea that a year and a half after the regime was over with — weÃ¢€™d have elections pretty well under way and we would have over 2/3Ã¢€™s of the country pacified — then I know itÃ¢€™s a tragedy that weÃ¢€™ve lost that many men, that was not unexpected — but given historyÃ¢€™s harsh judgment of other military operations and — weÃ¢€™re doing pretty well.
I think our main problem is that people donÃ¢€™t understand the extent of the revolutionary endeavor that we undertook — that weÃ¢€™re really trying to bring democracy to a place where it just simply did not exist — and thereÃ¢€™s a lot of neutrals, enemies and allies that donÃ¢€™t want that to happen — whether thatÃ¢€™s the Saudis or the Syrians or the Iranians, even the Jordanians. The second thing is we are empowering people whoÃ¢€™re the proverbially despised of the Arab world, namely the Kurds and the Shia.
While I agree with Hanson’s analysis so far as it goes, it’s not clear that the Administration understood the nature of the endeavor, either. Certainly, they were not advertising this level of chaos when selling the war.
Hanson also rejects the Vietnam analogy:
Well, thereÃ¢€™ only one modicum of comparison that works and that is whether the U.S. will continue to have the willpower and the tenacity to support a democratic government. We almost did in Vietnam and then right before the finish line we stopped, but otherwise the comparison doesnÃ¢€™t make any sense. […] ThereÃ¢€™s no draft; itÃ¢€™s not part of a national social movement. People try to make it that way — a social protest movement — Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, these people — but it didnÃ¢€™t find the resonance that the Vietnam protest movement did.
Hanson shares his thoughts on Iran, US-European relations, border security, and several other issues. He also promotes his new online journal, VDH’s Private Papers.