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. 5, No. 10, May 22

Can We Win an Insurgents' War?
The U.S. Army is not going to be defeated in Iraq, said one U.S. general, and he added pointedly: If we lose this war, we will lose it here in the United States. Correct.The only war America ever "lost" was lost in the United States.When Nixon pulled...
Deep Background
Critics who have noted 80-year-old grandmothers and little children being searched by airport security screeners are now being joined by the most senior official in the Transportation security Administration (TSA), who has testified that the current...
Forum
ISOLATIONISM OR NON-INTERVENTIONISM?I wrote Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy and the Hazards of Global Ambition with a hope of generating debate. In that spirit, I welcome Charles V. Peña's thoughtful though at times critical...
Guilty until Proven PC
This Duke University lacrosse story stinks to high heaven-and the New York Times coverage of it even more so. Frontier justice is what comes to mind. Here's Jill Abramson, the managing editor of the Old Bag, on the paper's future: "We believe in a journalism...
How Whitey Bulger Bought Boston
BOOKS[The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century, Howie Carr, Warner Books, 342 pages]How Whitey Bulger Bought BostonPEGGY WESTCOAT was a woman of small skills and modest ambitions. Just before Christmas in 1980,...
Immorality Play
At Duke University, white male athletes are guilty until proven innocent.AMONG THE INTELLECTUAL fashions in higher education today, few are as pervasive as the belief that all human behavior is reducible to predictable, material causes. As much as I...
It's A Man's Man's World
[Manliness, Harvey C. Mansfield, Yale University Press, 289 pages]It's A Man's Man's WorldWE LIVE IN AN AGE of gender confusion. The days when, as Archie Bunker sang, "girls were girls and men were men" have long passed. Women today serve at or near...
It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid
Illegal immigration is about more than jobs - it's about national identity.GEORGE TAPLIN sometimes gets out of bed before dawn to keep watch at the local day-laborer site. The Washington Post Magazine once described him as having "the look of a man who...
Looking out for Numero Uno
While the country's poor flee, Mexico's elite take care of themselves.MEXICO CITY-A watchword of Mexican politics is "Show me a politician who is poor and I will show you a poor politician." In accord with this adage, many Mexican officials enjoy generous...
Mr. Quaid Goes to Washington
FILM[American Dreamz]Mr. Quaid Goes to Washington"... AND THE SCREENPLAY practically writes itself!"It's hard to avoid suspecting that's how filmmaker Paul Weitz ended his pitch to Universal of the clever concept and casting for his roman à clef comedy...
Populist Professor
Daniel Patrick Moynihan's courage often failed, but by the end of his career he had come to oppose imperial ventures and cherish localism.HAS THERE BEEN an American politician as complex and contradictory as Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan? He was an...
Special Relationship
The U.S. and Israel manipulate each other to mutual disadvantage.TEL AVIV-I don't usually tell these stories because they might give rise to the suspicion that I am paranoid.For example, 27 years ago, I was invited to give a lecture tour in 30 American...
The High Cost of Low Prices
[The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works-and How It's Transforming the American Economy, Charles Fishman, Penguin, 294 pages]The High Cost of Low PricesSAM WALTON HAD A DREAM: find out what people want and sell it to them...
The Weakness of Empire
[the sun always sets]History has not dealt kindly with imperial ambitions, and America, however benevolent her intent, cannot hope to be an exception.SOMETHING REMARKABLE happened on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Commentators began to declare,...
Unanimous Consent
[DIPLOMACY]The loyalty cult that so successfully insulates President Bush from critical counsel has cast its spell over the Foreign Service. Since 1969, the union that represents diplomats has given annual awards for "constructive dissent," but this...