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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Revenge of the nerds

Gary Brecher confirms what we've known all along: Charles' favorite columnist is a grade-A wanker.

Here's a small taste:

This fool passes himself off as a military historian, writing columns about Iraq and Afghanistan and everything else he feels like babbling about, but he doesn't have a clue about contemporary warfare. Every war nerd on the net knows more about what's happening in Iraq than he does. But that doesn't stop him. He teaches Classics, he's written a half dozen books on ancient warfare, and he never lets you forget that he's a professor and you're not.

Read the whole thing. Or, as Hanson would put it, "legite haec omnia" (or words to that effect -- our Latin is a bit rusty).


Pablo said...

Let's see here.

VDH's curriculum vitae:

Victor Davis Hanson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He was a full-time farmer before joining California State University, Fresno, in 1984 to initiate a classics program. In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country's top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin.

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 is the author of some 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited thirteen books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed. University of California Press, 1998); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Hoplites: The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (Routledge, 1991; paperback ed. 1992); The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (Free Press, 1995; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Fields without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (Free Press, 1996; paperback ed. Touchstone, 1997); The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer (Free Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999, paperback ed. Anchor/ Vintage, 2000); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001; Anchor/Vintage, 2002); An Autumn of War (Anchor/Vintage, 2002); and Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003), Ripples of Battle (2003).

His new book, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, will be published in October 2005 by Random House.

Hanson coauthored, with John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Free Press, 1998; paperback ed. Encounter Press, 2000) and, with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (ISI Books, 2001).

Hanson has written essays, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Post, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Republic, National Review, American Heritage, Policy Review, Commentary, National Review, the Wilson Quarterly, the Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and Washington Times and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and C-Span's BookTV. He is a weekly columnist for the National Review Online and serves on the editorial board of Arion, the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.

Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 1975), the American School of Classical Studies (1978–79) and received his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980.

He lives and works with his family on their forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.

Gary Brecher's CV:

Since I never even finished my AA degree, I took that kind of personally.

But he's got some intellectual firepower, doesn't he?

And Hanson graduated from there in 1975. I can only dream about what it must've been like to be a student at Santa Cruz back then, at the climax of the hippie days. I seriously doubt if anybody on that campus was un-stoned from enrolment to graduation, or un-laid for more than a week.

So here's a question for you, Professor Hanson, Mister Morality: how many coeds did you screw when you were at UC Santa Cruz? And how many drugs did you take? Hanson...must have done lots of drugs, you know? was at UC Santa Claus...dude. Like Santa Cruz totally partied...

Winston, you should ask this knucklehead if he wants to write for LGF Watch. He'd probably jump at the chance, and he'd help you ramp up the production of slander.

I'm suprised you'd even post a piece of crap like this, but it is pretty funny.

Read the whole thing. :-)

Electronic Occupation said...

Brecher should be offecnded. He is every bit as brilliant as Madonna, Richard Gere, and Robert Redford.

Electronic Occupation said...

Hanson is a hypocrite because he went to a university where some people got stoned and now he's in favor of the liberation of Iraq. Brilliant. I think this man's intellect actually surpasses Madonna, if that is possible.

Electronic Occupation said...

Such subtle rhetoric. Reminds me of the philosophical musings of Kim Jong Il, famous for their paradoxical and nuanced approach to deep problems:

"I don't really think he's insane-just a traitor, a liar willing to keep shoving American troops and money into a meatgrinder just so he doesn't have to admit he was wrong. Sooner or later we're going to have to face it: these NeoCons don't care about America any more than Stalin cared about Russia. They're not just wrong. They're traitors."

Electronic Occupation said...

Brecher should be offecnded. He is every bit as brilliant as Madonna, Richard Gere, and Robert Redford.

Winston Smith said...

Ooh, touchy.

Today's logical fallacy is appeal to authority.

Want more? OK, give me an hour or two and I'll provide a list of Juan Cole's academic accomplishments.

Electronic Occupation said...

That's funny Winston, I thought LGF Watch-Electronic Hamas was appealing to the majestic intellectual authority of the bitter, morbidly obese, excessively perspiring junior college dropout history buff, Gary Brecher.

Electronic Occupation said...

Making Cole slaw of the inept and incompetent Juan:

Winston Smith said...

Here, as promised, is the list of Cole's academic accomplishments:

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the History Department of the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. He has given numerous media and press interviews on the War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001, as well as concerning the Iraq War in 2003. His current research focuses on two contemporary phenomena: 1) Shiite Islam in Iraq and Iran and 2) the "jihadi" or "sacred-war" strain of Muslim radicalism, including al-Qaeda and the Taliban among other groups. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam, and lived in a number of places in the Muslim world for extended periods of time. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War (IB Tauris 2002). This volume collects some of his work on the history of the Shiite branch of Islam in modern Iraq, Iran and the Gulf. He treated Shi`ism in his co-edited book, Shi`ism and Social Protest (Yale, 1986), of his first monograph, Roots of North Indian Shi`ism in Iran and Iraq (California, 1989). His interest in Iranian religion is further evident in his work on Baha'i studies, which eventuated in his 1998 book, Modernity and the Millennium: The Genesis of the Baha'i Faith in the Nineteenth Century Middle East (Columbia University Press). He has also written a good deal about modern Egypt, including a book, Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt's `Urabi Movement (Princeton, 1993). His concern with comparative history and Islamics is evident in his edited Comparing Muslim Societies (Michigan, 1992).

Professional History

# 1975 B.A. History and Literature of Religions, Northwestern University
# 1978 M.A. Arabic Studies/History, American University in Cairo
# 1984 Ph.D. Islamic Studies, University of California Los Angeles
# 1984-1990 Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan
# 1990-1995 Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
# 1992-1995 Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
# 1995- Professor of History, University of Michigan

Scholastic Awards and Grants ; Hudson Research Professorship, Winter, 2003 ; Award for Research in Turkey, May, 1999, International Institute, U-M ; Research Excellence Award, College of LSA, U-M, August, 1997 ; OVPR and LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grants, June, 1995 ; LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grant, March 1994 ; Rackham Research Partnership, 1992-93 ; National Endowment for the Humanities, Jan.-June, 1991 ; Office of the Vice-President for Research, U-M (Pakistan), Summer 1990 ; Horace H. Rackham Faculty Grant, Egypt, Summer 1988 ; SSRC/ACLS Post-Doctoral Award, England, Summer 1986 ; Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award, Egypt, 1985-86 ; SSRC/ACLS Doctoral Fellowship, Pakistan, India, UK, 1981-83 ; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship, India, 1982

Cole's roots are in the Shenandoah Valley, though he did not spend much time there. Rather, he grew up in a peripatetic military family that happened to be in Albuquerque, N.M., when he was born, and had two long tours in France (a total of seven years) and one 18-month stay at Kagnew Station, in Asmara, Eritrea (then Ethiopia), and which lived all over the U.S. After going to Northwestern and becoming interested in Islamics and the Middle East, he went on to live six years in the Arab world, and another two and a half in South Asia (India and Pakistan, mainly Delhi, Lucknow and Lahore). He writes primarily about three broad areas: the social and cultural history of modern Egypt; the religious and cultural history of modern Iran; and religion in South Asia.

Recent National Service

Middle East Studies Association of North America:
o 1999-2004. Editor, The International Journal of Middle East Studies (Published by Cambridge University Press for the Middle East Studies Association of North America).
o 1998 Program Committee chair, MESA annual conference
o 1996, 1989 Officer Nominating Committee
o 1991, Book Award Committee, Middle East Studies Association
o 1988-1992 Book Review Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies
o 1987-1989 Society for Iranian Studies: Council
o 2003- Editor, H-Mideast-Politics Electronic Forum.
o 1997- Editor, H-Bahai Electronic Forum and Journal
o 1995-2000 Editorial Board, Critique
o 1993-1996 Social Science Research Council: Joint Committee on the Near and Middle East
o 1993 Columbia University, Middle East Institute: Outside Reviewer.
o 1992-1994 Eastern Consortium of Middle East Centers: Chairman, Persian-Turkish Summer Programs
o 1992-1995 American Institute of Iranian Studies: Board of Directors
o 1992 American Council of Learned Societies: Fellowship Selection Committee
o 1991- Editorial Board, Iranian Studies

Just keep all that in mind the next time some mouth-breathing wingnut moron (like the one you quoted above) bashes Cole, mkay?

Winston Smith said...

Hey, LGFWW, thanks for mentioning this on LGF! (#62 on the Saturday Morning Open Thread, in case anyone wants to look).

But why didn't you mention which 'moonbats' brought this to your attention?

We're hurt. Deeply hurt. Why, it's almost as if you didn't want to acknowledge this site's existence over there, or something.

FGL said...

Hey, LGFWW, thanks for mentioning this on LGF! (#62 on the Saturday Morning Open Thread, in case anyone wants to look).

LMAO! That really is hysterical.

Ooooh. He said "asshole"!

Can you believe it? Potty mouth "bitches dumbfuck" Pablo is criticising someone for using the word asshole!


Pablo said...

You'll have to generate your own traffic, Winston.

You might want to have a word with dr, also.

Unlike Charles Johnson, who often finds it necessary to delve into left-wing blog comments in search of nutty rhetoric, we at LGF Watch have tended to stay out of the fetid swamp that is the LGF comments section.

Pablo said...

BTW, "appeal to authority" doesn't apply here, Winston. The topic it a hit piece on Professor Hanson's credentials. His CV is relevant to the discussion.

Your reference to the logical fallacy "appeal to authority" is itself a logical fallacy. Therefore, today's logical fallacy is Irrelevant Conclusion.

I'll bet you're glad you can use more than one of these a day!