The American Conservative

The American Conservative: The Magazine for Thinking Conservatives is published by The American Conservative. This magazine focuses on Social and Political issues in all aspects of morality and conservatism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 13, July 2

An American for All Seasons
An American For All Seasons [George Kennan: A Study of Character, John Lukacs, Yale University Press, 207 pages]GEORGE F. KENNAN (1904-2005) was and remains best known for the doctrine of containment. He was the man of the hour in 1947, when Foreign...
Better Dead Than Rude
[cultural revolution]Political correctness began as a reasonable adjustment of manners, but as an ideology, it corrupts language and dulls thought.Cant, n. The expression or repetition of conventional, trite, or unconsidered ideas, opinions or sentiments;...
Deep Background
Secretary off State Condoleezza Rice is angry at remarks made to media sources by David Wurmser, an aide to Vice President Cheney. Wurmser said that Cheney is still in favor of bombing Iran and is working assiduously on President Bush to get him on board....
Edith Piaf: The Struggles of the Sparrow
FILM[La Vie en Rose]Edith Piaf: The Struggles of the SparrowWHY IS THE "struggle with inner demons" such a staple of movies about musicians and actors?Part of the reason is selection bias: producers aren't dying to make "The Johann Sebastian Bach Story"...
Fool Me Twice
[ELECTION]Political rhetoric has long been vacuous, calibrated to communicate as little as possible in the most fervent tones. But the last Republican debate plumbed a new low.Asked if invading Iraq was a mistake, Romney flopped between "nonsequitor"...
Forum
LOBBYING FOR DEBATEThank you for publishing Philip Weiss's "Mondoweiss: Chapter One" (June 4). His candid disclosures about how Jewish concerns reverberate though American politics and media are an important step toward uncovering potent - though often...
Hidden Wounds
More veterans survive Iraq, but the war's signature injury isn't immediately apparent.WHEN SAMUEL VAUGHAN WILSON III speaks, he periodically stops midsentence to rub his jaw, still pained by the rocket-propelled grenade that ripped through his vehicle,...
Is That All There Is?
A revamped primary calendar will produce a quick winner-and leave voters unsatisfied.THE MIDTERM BALLOTS had hardly been counted when the 2008 presidential candidates commenced their twoyear-long marathon. From televised debates to YouTube videos, a...
Press 0 for Arabic
Washington tries to fight the war on terror in English only.ON NOVEMBER 7, 2005, I sat in seat 13C on American Airlines flight 4631 from Austin to Raleigh, which then connected to another flight to Washington. America's representative to the Arab world,...
Pro-Life Warmongers
Truly remarkable are those uncomproiriising foreign-policy moralists on the Right who boast of "clarity" yet manage to make generous allowances for moral compromise in the conduct of war. Their certitude of the justice of the cause is matched only by...
Snakes, Snails, and Puppy-Dog Tails
Hands are gnashed and teeth wrung over the current superiority of girls over boys in school. The probable consequences, both economic and social, are grave, going far beyond cutesy gender-wars sparring. Why are boys crashing?Some writers imply that boys...
The Case for Not Sharing
The Case for Not Sharing [The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City, Dore Gold, Regnery, 384 pages]IF YOU'RE MICHAEL LEDEEN, you're going to love Dore Gold's Fight for Jerusalem. It is a fever dream of conspiracies...
The Martyr of Mosul
On April 1, Palm Sunday, after bullets were fired into the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul during mass, the pastor, Fr. Ragheed Ganni, a Chaldean Catholic, e-mailed friends at the Asia Times: "We empathize with Christ, who entered Jerusalem in full...
True Believer
Bush's commitment to amnesty isn't political but personal, which is why he's willing to buck the conservative base.AFTER HIS "comprehensive immigration reform" package stalled in the Senate, President Bush remained defiant: "I'll see you at the bill...
We Are the War Party
Congressional Republicans who doubt the Bush Doctrine face a primary purge.WHEN PRAISING one of his colleagues, Congressman Walter Jones is quick to commend steady commitment to principle. It's a trait he knows something about. Since winning his House...
Will This God Also Fail?
Will This God Also Fail? [Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion, David Gelernter, Doubleday, 240 pages]IN AMERICANISM, a book-length discussion of the "American fourth rehgion," David Gelernter fleshes out a theme he broached last year in Commentary....