Victor Davis Hanson’s Mar. 8 column leaves me feeling on the loser’s side of 3-card Monty.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu “came to the U.S. to outline Iran’s plan to remake the Middle East with a nuclear arsenal.” Netanyahu visited “over ... objections of the Obama administration.” President Obama “wants to cut a deal” with Iran, allowing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Peculiar that Hanson ignores Obama’s oft-repeated American commitment never to let Iran build nukes.
No mention that Netanyahu and Republican House Speaker John Boehner violated standard diplomatic practice, giving Obama no notice of Netanyahu’s congressional speech. Surprise!
Hanson writes that “lots of” America’s allies are “scared of this strange new diffidence” by the president (Obama as foreigner). It’s “as if,” Hanson writes, Obama weren’t committed to Western civilization and values. No accusation there! Hanson, a classics scholar, employs “as if.”
Obama ended President George W. Bush’s punitive economic measures against Russia. It’s “as if” —there you go again, classicist! — “somehow the United States, not Russia, was responsible for the growing estrangement.”
“Psychiatrist/mind-reader” Hanson divulges how Russian President Vladimir Putin interprets Obama’s desire for better superpower relations: “American guilt.”
Hanson should stick to Tacitus and Thucydides!