Military historian Victor Davis Hanson speaks with Peter Robinson as part of the Hoover Institution's interview series, Uncommon Knowledge.
Hanson discusses difficult issues facing the American military today: the war in Iraq, radical Islam and the prospects for military action against a nuclear-capable Iran.
Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, professor of classics, and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of more than a dozen and a half books. His most recent volumes are Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, which Dr. Hanson edited, and The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, a volume of Dr. Hanson's own essays.
Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007, the Claremont Institute's Statesmanship Award at its annual Churchill Dinner, and the $250,000 Bradley prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in 2008.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution'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.
Victor Davis Hanson believes President Bush may not have time left in his administration to deal effectively with Iran, but is setting the stage for the next president, Republican or Democrat, to work with Europe against Iran's nuclear program and to take decisive action if necessary.
Victor Davis Hanson shares his thoughts on General Petraeus and his leadership ability. Hanson believes Petraeus' surge strategy, though a risky gamble, is a necessary tactic for realizing quick results in Iraq.