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Hoover Daily Report by topic: History and Philosophy

October 16, 2013 |

Washington (George) Got It Right

Robert Alexander says Washington warned of the "continual mischiefs of the spirit of party" -- a phenomenon being played out by the tea party Republicans today.
October 16, 2013 | Garrison (WIBC)

Victor Davis Hanson on Garrison Radio

October 15, 2013 | National Review Online

America Is Intervened Out

Our security interests have changed, along with our sense that we can make a difference.
October 14, 2013 | C-SPAN

First Ladies: Influence and Image Lou Hoover

October 10, 2013 | Strategika

Is There Any Chance That Europe, Either in Common or in Terms of Individual European Nations - In Particular Britain, France, or Germany - Will Recoup Its Military Capability?

October 2, 2013 | Hoover Institution

Special Podcast with Victor Davis Hanson: America Is Not Rome–Yet

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September 29, 2013 | Works and Days

Overseas Contingency Operations and Such

On the occasion of the outreach from Iran, and the embarrassment in Syria, it is wise to remember why and how our leaders became so inept at dealing with Islamists.The Tsarnaev brothers killed and mai
September 25, 2013 | Stanford News

Stanford Asks Court to Help Clarify Ownership of Chiang Kai-shek Archives

September 22, 2013 | Corner (National Review Online)

President Rouhani and Peace Studies

There is a long history of foreign authoritarians channeling left-wing talking points when they appeal to an American audience, apparently on the theory that they score points against the American establishment. Bin Laden and Dr. Zawahiri used to quote back Noam Chomsky to us, and cited everything from global warming to the lack of campaign-financing reform as the sort of goads that drove them to murder Westerners. Vladimir Putin’s recent New York Times letter was full of the same boilerplate, in general alluding negatively to George Bush while resonating with Barack Obama’s earlier warnings on the dangers of claiming American exceptionalism. But the recent Washington Post (Russians get the New York Times; Iranians settle for the Washington Post?) letter to us by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sounded as if it was a co-effort of the Campus Diversity Czar and the head of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies department. In T-ball fashion, Rouhani warns that “international politics is no longer a zero-sum game.” (I suppose that means both sides get to win in Syria?) We are warned about the dangers of “cultural encroachment.” (Should we ask the millions of Iranian minorities about that?) We are reminded that “a zero-sum, Cold War mentality leads to everyone’s loss” — as if the disappearance of the Soviet Union due to the Cold War was not everyone’s gain. The old bogeyman of “root causes,” of course, explains terrorist violence, along with problems of “identity”: “We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart. We must also pay attention to the issue of identity.” Indeed, a search for “identity” actually explains why Iran is enriching uranium: “The centrality of identity extends to the case of our peaceful nuclear energy program. . . . Without comprehending the role of identity, many issues we all face will remain unresolved.” Find your proper identity and you too can build a bomb and call it peaceful nuclear energy — in the manner you can rig an election and call it “democracy”? Iran is a great fan of “dialogue” in Syria — apparently that is why they sent in Republican Guard forces. Rouhani warns that violence is always due “to overarching injustices and rivalries,” not aggression or nationalist agendas, much less an absence of deterrence. “Win-win solutions” are his advice about “world diplomacy.” And in familiar fashion we seek these therapeutic solutions ”for the sake of . . . our children and future generations.”
September 19, 2013 | National Review Online

Syria Postmortem

I think the so-called Syrian crisis is working out as most anticipated: 1) In about a year or so Assad and Putin will announce that they “think” they might have in theory rounded up a lot of the WMD, and will soon make plans to turn it over to “authorities,” subject to further negotiations. 2) John Kerry will periodically announce that “his” plan has worked and that Assad still cannot kill with WMD any of those he kills by other means, as Obama adds that Putin still “owns” the crisis and that the U.S. keeps all options on the table. 3) Assad will stay in power, given his own ability to use Russian weapons to stalemate the insurgents, who increasingly become even more unsympathetic and up the profile of Islamist groups in their midst. We may see 200,000 total casualties, to the extent they are reported, by this time next year. 4) Europe and the U.N. will decide that they really don’t much care what Assad or his enemies do. 5) Most in the region will still argue over who is the new outside arbiter, a militarily and economically stagnant Russia under a canny and audacious authoritarian, or a once overwhelmingly strong U.S. led by Hamlet. 6) Iran will follow the Assad model—welcoming Russian support, and, like Assad, swearing off any intention to ever use WMD, as it requests new rounds of negotiations, and its leaders give TV interviews to showcase their new moderate and engaged attitude. 7) Obama will reference “Bush” and “Iraq” if ever asked about what’s up in Syria. 8) The American public will have a vague idea that about a year earlier something happened sometime to someone in Syria, but what and when and where and why they are not quite sure. 9) A periodic op-ed in the New York Times will deplore the ongoing violence in Syria. 10) Ignore the above if Assad is stupid enough to use WMD yet one more time just to embarrass further the U.S.; the pressure on Obama would be such that he really would have to order an unbelievably small shot across the Syrian bow.