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. 7, No. 11, June 2

Admitting Failure
The Armed Forces couldn't man the surge until they lowered standards.SGT. THOMAS X. HAMMES knew that, unlike some bad Hollywood movie, the band of thieves, social misfits, even murderers under his leadership would not transform into perfect Marines through...
Admitting Failure: The Armed Forces Couldn't Man the Surge until They Lowered Standards
SGT. THOMAS X. HAMMES knew that, unlike some bad Hollywood movie, the band of thieves, social misfits, even murderers under his leadership would not transform into perfect Marines through some magic formula of tough love and fatherly motivation. Half...
Agenda for Anti-Statists
[The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right, and Threats to Our Liberties, David Boaz, Cato Institute, 329 pages][Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, Graver G. Norquist, HarperCollins, 338 pages]Agenda...
Bernanke's Bind
The Fed chairman is in the impossible position of trying to raise the price of real estate while lowering the costs of food and fuel.YOU MAY BE ABLE to go up the down escalator or you may be able to go down the up escalator, but until now nobody has...
Bernanke's Bind: The Fed Chairman Is in the Impossible Position of Trying to Raise the Price of Real Estate While Lowering the Costs of Food and Fuel
YOU MAY BE ABLE to go up the down escalator or you may be able to go down the up escalator, but until now nobody has been able to do both at the same time, which is what the U.S. is attempting. The United States is struggling to hold down the price...
Brand New
A safe Democratic district in Virginia tests out a different kind of GOP candidate.ON MAY 14, the GOP lost yet another seat in Congress, this one, to the alarm of Republicans nationwide, in the once solid South. Mississippi's First Congressional District...
Brand New: A Safe Democratic District in Virginia Tests out a Different Kind of GOP Candidate
ON MAY 14, the GOP lost yet another seat in Congress, this one, to the alarm of Republicans nationwide, in the once solid South. Mississippi's First Congressional District went the way of Louisiana's Sixth and Illinois's 14th, all of them supposedly...
Burma Needs You
The slow burn of the Iraq conflict has done little to cool Washington elites' enthusiasm for intervention. After Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, killing at least 60,000, Robert D. Kaplan's first thought was, send in the Marines. By chance, "American...
Burma Needs You
[WAR]The slow burn of the Iraq conflict has done little to cool Washington elites' enthusiasm for intervention. After Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, killing at least 60,000, Robert D. Kaplan's first thought was, send in the Marines. By chance, "American...
Diplomatic Games
The Olympics proved to be a poor political lever, but now President Bush is boxed.SHOULD PRESIDENT George W. Bush attend the 2008 Bering Olympic Games, even in his capacity as a "sports fan"? In the aftermath of the protests that have recently convulsed...
Diplomatic Games: The Olympics Proved to Be a Poor Political Lever, but Now President Bush Is Boxed
SHOULD PRESIDENT George W. Bush attend the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, even in his capacity as a "sports fan"? In the aftermath of the protests that have recently convulsed Tibet, as well as the series of vocal demonstrations against a variety of Chinese...
Exo-Strategy
As I watched the new hit movie "Iron Man," starring a guy in a flying armored suit, I asked myself: Why don't we fight our wars like that? You know, so that we win, using the maximum amount of technology, suffering the minimum amount of bloodshed?...
Forum
SUPERSIZE USYour review of Farm Sanctuary by Rod Dreher (April 21) deserves comment. Dreher promotes localism in fanning and decries the inhumanity of large farms. He also states that he is willing to pay the price for food that is grown and raised on...
Judge Not
Obama's Supreme Court appointees would not upset the balance of the bench.LET US STIPULATE that Barack Obama is a man of the Left. He has learned to dulcify his liberalism with grandiloquent equivocations about "moving beyond our divisions" and "change...
Judge Not: Obama's Supreme Court Appointees Would Not Upset the Balance of the Bench
LET US STIPULATE that Barack Obama is a man of the Left. He has learned to dulcify his liberalism with grandiloquent equivocations about "moving beyond our divisions" and "change we can believe in." But Obama's speeches are like Donne's "gold to airy...
Necessary Evil
[Churchill, Hitler, and the Unneces-sary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, Patrick J. Buchanan, Crown, 501 pages] Necessary EvilBy John LukacsPATRICK BUCHANAN'S new book contains two themes under one cover. One is addressed...
Our Town
We know how movement conservatives feel about Paul Krugman: reading him is discouraged, agreeing is a worse sin than taking Reagan's name in vain. But a recent column struck a chord. "OK, I know that these days you're supposed to see the future...
Our Town
[CULTURE]We know how movement conservatives feel about Paul Krugman: reading him is discouraged, agreeing is a worse sin than taking Reagan's name in vain. But a recent column struck a chord."OK, I know that these days you're supposed to see the future...
Play the Hand You're Dealt
"GIVE ME A BREAK. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." So said Bill Clinton in New Hampshire of Obama's claim to have been a constant opponent of the war. Clinton cited Obama's voting record, which was the same as Hillary's in...
Russia's Backyard
IN LATE MAY, tensions between Russia and Georgia increased after Moscow accused its Caucasian neighbor of spying and aiding rebels in Chechnya and Dagestan. Russian authorities accused Ramzan Turkoshvili, an ethnic Chechen born in Georgia, of funneling...
Smart Money
Political futures markets are better predictors than polls.IN NOVEMBER 2004, a man with half a million dollars was looking to double Ms money. He could have gone to a highstakes table in Vegas. He could have put his money in a hedge fund and waited....
Smart Money: Political Futures Markets Are Better Predictors Than Polls
IN NOVEMBER 2004, a man with half a million dollars was looking to double his money. He could have gone to a high-stakes table in Vegas. He could have put his money in a hedge fund and waited. Instead, he signed on to a Dublin-based website, Intrade,...
The Lion King
[The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian] THE MEDIEVALIST and popular theologian C.S. Lewis began publishing his seven fantasy novels for children, The Chronicles of Narnia, in 1950, four years before his close friend and Oxford colleague, the...
The Politics of Bad Feith
[War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, Douglas J. Feith, Harper, 688 pages]The Politics of Bad FeithBy Lawrence WilkersonNEOCONSERVATIVES such as Douglas Feith are not conservatives by any means, despite the label....
The Power of Influence
America's early triumphs negotiating oil contracts in the Mideast prove that sometimes second is best.ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, at a remote spot in the Persian mountains, the earth suddenly started to rumble and, as men shouted with jubilation and trepidation,...
The Power of Influence: America's Early Triumphs Negotiating Oil Contracts in the Mideast Prove That Sometimes Second Is Best
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, at a remote spot in the Persian mountains, the earth suddenly started to rumble and, as men shouted with jubilation and trepidation, a stinking black torrent burst through the ground. After several years of seemingly fruitless...
The Spy Who Loves Us
[reading the classifieds]Pay no mind to the Mossad agent on the line.AFTER ISRAELI SPY Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1986, the U.S. negotiated an understanding with Israel-a "gentlemen's agreement" -stipulating that neither nation...
The Spy Who Loves Us: Pay No Mind to the Mossad Agent on the Line
AFTER ISRAELI SPY Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1986, the U.S. negotiated an understanding with Israel--a "gentlemen's agreement" --stipulating that neither nation would thenceforth conduct espionage operations in the other's...