A historian.....typically men with a much longer, clearer view of the world (except for Iggy, Dammit)
This is SO dead on; I am impressed, and intend to seek out more from this guy.
After Jimmy Carter failed not only to rescue the U.S. economy, but set in motion a deleterious series of foreign policy fiascos, voters turned to Ronald Reagan’s promise to fight Communism again, and free the hostages. The seriousness and credibility of Reagan’s threat of power was enough: Tehran released its remaining captives minutes after his inauguration. The tragic view of the world, he says, insists that keeping tyrants in check means raising the price of their mischief to an intolerable point.
“You have to be resigned to the fact that at some point, what makes Iran not shoot a missile at Israel, or North Korea cross the 38th parallel, is their fear of repercussions,” he says.
After Obama, Mr. Hanson predicts, Americans will surely remember the importance of a leader who intimidates the United States’ rivals. It may not feel as therapeutic, but, he believes, a world ruled by an unrepentantly hegemonic America is a lot less tragic a result than the alternatives.
Read more: The Saturday Interview: Victor Davis Hanson ?therapeutic? culture heart of U.S. problem
Oh, and I say "decline of the west" because , make no mistake , the decline of the USA IS the decline of the west. And that means you, and me, and our culture, and practically everyone on these threads.
And the alternatives are no less than horrendous.