Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

October 27, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson: chickenhawk

Filed under: Uncategorized — louisproyect @ 10:38 am
In today’s NY Times, there is an op-ed piece by this California professor and outspoken reactionary who makes the case that American casualties in Iraq are quite low by historical standards:
“AS the aggregate number of American military fatalities in Iraq has crept up over the past 13 months – from 1,000 to 1,500 dead, and now to 2,000 – public support for the war has commensurately declined. With the nightly ghoulish news of improvised explosives and suicide bombers, Americans perhaps do not appreciate that the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the effort to establish a democratic government in Iraq have been accomplished at relatively moderate cost – two-thirds of the civilian fatalities incurred four years ago on the first day of the war against terrorism.”
When you go to his website and look at his biography, you find out all sorts of information about him except his military record.
You have to go to a wiki on this chickenhawk professor to learn the following:
“Critics have pointed out that Hanson’s opinions on war and his attitudes toward combat–though founded on thorough scholarship–have no grounding in personal experience. He has never seen military service.”


More on Hanson at Counterpunch.

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