Obama: The Dream and the Reality: Selected National Review Essays

Obama: The Dream and the Reality: Selected National Review Essays

by Victor Davis Hanson



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984765003
Publisher: National Review Books
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in classics and military history at the Hoover Institution, a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson has written or edited seventeen books, including The Western Way of War, The Wars of the Ancient Greeks, The Soul of Battle, Carnage and Culture, Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, and his new novel, The End of Sparta. The National Review Online columnist lives on a forty-acre tree-and-vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Chapter 1 "Hope and Change"-the 2008 Campaign and Its Aftermath

Voting the War 3

The Queen Is Dead 5

The Crying Game 7

Absurd on the Left 8

Living History 10

Who Exactly Is Running for President? 11

Not Over Yet 12

The End of Journalism 17

Win One for the Messiah! 23

What Went Wrong? 27

Parallel Lives 33

Why Did Republicans Lose Their Appeal? 39

The Strange Summer of 2008 45

Chapter 2 When Things Don't Make Sense

Hardly the Best and Brightest 51

The Obsolescence of a Slur 53

Sun and Socialism 58

Chicago Does Socialism 62

Next Battle: Immigration 66

The Technocrats' New Clothes 71

Death of the Postmodernist Drama 74

The Law? How Quaint! 77

Not Obama Is Not Enough 81

The Cynical Brilliance of Imam Rauf 85

Wikileaks Selective Morality 89

The Obama Fabulists 91

Voting Present Beats Losing 95

Two Californias 98

The Obamaites About Face 104

Chapter 3 The "Good" War in Afghanistan, the "Bad" One in Iraq

Iraq Is Not the Worry 111

Mirror, Mirror 115

Iraq in Review 119

More Iraq Ironies 124

What Happened to Iraq? 127

Afghanistan Agonistes 132

October Surprises 137

Chapter 4 On Hating Israel

Nonviolence Nonsense 143

A Modest Proposal for Middle East Peace 146

The Gaza Rules 149

The Age of Middle East Atonement 152

Helen Thomas, Turkey, and the Liberation of Israel 154

Chapter 5 The Sorta War on Terror

Beating the Dead Terrorist Horse 163

Victory-How Quaint an Idea! 171

The Tragic Truth of War 176

Politically Correct Killings? 180

Chapter 6 The World Can Be a Scary Place

Yippee Ti Yi Yo, Europe! 187

When Success Is the Orphan 190

'This Is the Moment' 192

It's America, Obama 194

Moscow's Sinister Brilliance 196

The Other 9/11 Story 200

Fossilized Foreign Policy 204

Europeanizing Europe 209

President of the World 213

A Thug's Primer 218

From Preparedness to Appeasement 222

The 'I Am Not George Bush' Policy 226

Resetting Our Reset Foreign Policy 230

Obama's Nuclear Naivety 232

The Art of Seaborne Humiliation 236

The Great Anglo-American Spat 239

In Defense of Defense 243

Obama & Co., Growing Up Fast 248

Julian Assange's EgoLeaks 252

Chapter 7 The Bush and Palin Derangement Syndromes

Sarah Palin and Her Discontents 257

Sarah Biden 259

An Instructive Candidacy 262

Bush Considered 266

Bush Did it 271

Damnation of Memory 275

President Palin's First Hundred Days 279

Bush Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 283

Chapter 8 Obama, Dream and Reality

An Elegant Farce 289

The Obama Crash and Burn 291

An Elegant Farce 294

Who Is 'They'? 298

Appeasement and Its Discontents 300

Gone, but Not Forgotten 304

Dreams from His Grandmother 306

Obama: The Great American Hope 309

Time to Beam Down to Earth, President Obama 313

President Hamlet 315

The Audacity of Irony 318

President Obama's First 70 Days 323

Just Make Stuff Up 327

Obama's New Liberal Realism 331

Obama and the 'Noble Lie' 335

Once Upon a Time 339

Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama 344

Barack Obama, College Administrator 349

The Buck Passes Here 354

Obama's Theorems 357

America's Obama Obsession 361

Guantanamo Laureate 366

Who Are 'They'? 370

Obama's Prissy America 374

The New War Against Reason 378

Resetting the Reset Button 384

Obama's Wheel of Fortune 388

Obama and the Malleability of History 392

Our Year of Obama 397

Mr. President, Words Matter 402

Good and Bad Words 405

Obama's New Take on Partisanship 409

Obama's Real Problem 413

Obama: Not the Great Stone Face 416

Obama: Fightin the Yuppie Factor 420

Our Waning Obama Worship 424

The Great American Debt 428

What Went Wrong 432

Obama and 'Redistributive Change' 435

Why the Great and Growing Backlash? 440

Obama versus Obama 444

Mr. Obama's Nowhere Discussions 449

The Psychology of Recession 452

The Sources of American Anger 456

Obama's Washington Animal Farm 461

Obama's Glass House 465

Carly Fiorina: Robber Baron, Traitor-and Outsourcer! 469

The Gift of Obama's Foreign Policy 474

How to Turn a Recession into a Depression 477

Chapter 9 We are Going to Make It

Reflection Day 483

A Year Like None Other 487

A Funny Sort of Depression 490

Triumph of Banality 493

Our American Catharsis 497

The American 21st Century 502

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