Victor Davis Hanson

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

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Military historian and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; columnist for National Review online and author of A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War; syndicated columnist with Tribune Media Services

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John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for…

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John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for…

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John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for…

John Brennan, the CIA and National Security

John Brennan has been named to succeed David Petraeus as head of the CIA.  Will the agency focus on gathering intelligence—its original mission—or continue launching drones for…

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The Bush Administration reluctantly made good on its promise today and  partially nationalized American banks  with $250 billion.

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The Bush Administration reluctantly made good on its promise today and partially nationalized American banks with $250 billion.

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