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Obama on National Security: A 'Great Gift' to Republicans? - Victor Davis Hanson

Complete video at: Hoover Institution fellows Victor Davis Hanson and Peter Robinson assess Obama's performance as Commander-in-Chief. While Hanson criticizes the President for breaking many of his campaign promises, he concedes that Obama has been a "great gift" to Republicans for legitimizing the War on Terrorism to many on the left. ----- Beginning with the assertion that "war is inseparable from the human condition," Victor Hanson proceeds to explain the ways in which the American way of war is distinctive. For one, "Americans are shared ideas and commitments, such as the ideals of equal opportunity and individual merit. Our military a reflection of our national meritocracy." He further reflects that Americans today, unlike previous generations, fail to understand the tragic nature of war because they have never come to understand the tragic nature of life itself, and that we are endangered by our lack of attention to the study of military history. "If we walked right over to the campus bookstore or looked in the university's catalog of classes, we would see gender studies...leisure studies, race studies, environmental studies. Military history? Not there." - Hoover Institution Victor Davis Hanson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor emeritus at California University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992-93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991-92), a recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), and an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001) and was named alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002). He was also the visiting Shifrin Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (2002-3). He received the Manhattan Institute's Wriston Lectureship in 2004, and the 2006 Nimitz Lectureship in Military History at UC Berkeley in 2006. Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge. Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
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