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. 20, October 23

Christians in the Crossfire
Pro-war evangelicals have made exiles-and martyrs-of Iraqi believers.THE KILLING IN IRAQ continues, and support for the occupation is waning even among Christian conservatives. It would likely fall further if they were aware of what Fred Markert, director...
Deep Background
The Pentagon continues to develop a series of contingency plans to respond to the likely scenarios that the U.S. will face in the event the president orders direct military action against Iran after the November elections. The following scenario, based...
Exit Stage Right
Democratic votes, conservative victories?UNDER ORDINARY circumstances, a Washington Monthly symposium calling for an end to the Republican congressional majority might be interesting to read but not terribly surprising. The noted liberal magazine would...
Forum
I WITNESSOn behalf of a score of CIA officers who risked their lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide President Clinton with the chance to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, I can only shake my head with wonder over the former president's unwillingness...
George Winston Bush?
Invocations of Munich and a parade of new Hitlers won't be enough to convince Americans that this is a good war.SIR-Please do not ever mention George Bush, And Winston Churchill in the same sentence again, even if you must break all the rules of grammar...
Kingfish for a Day
FILM[All the King's Men]Kingfish for a DayAT THE 2005 OSCARS, host Chris Rock asked, "Who is Jude Law? Why is he in every movie I have seen the last four years? Even the movies he's not acting in, if you look at the credits, he made cupcakes or something....
New Deal for U.S. Manufacturers
In July, our trade deficit hit yet another all-time record, $68 billion, an annual rate of $816 billion. Imports surged to $188 billion for the month, as our dependency on foreigners for the necessities of our national life ever deepens.China's trade...
On the Offense
No matter what the facts say, President Bush insists that we stay the course.STEP BY BLOODY STEP the Iraq War moves toward its denouement. Having set this tragedy in motion, the United States today finds itself consigned to the role of bystander, the...
Pieties of Silence
In his waning years, Philip Rieff positioned himself as a "remembrancer" in silent protest of modernity's deathworks.BY THE TIME HE DIED on July 1 at the age of 83, Philip Rieff had, quite intentionally, slipped into obscurity. His seminal Triumph of...
Racist Revving & Other Inanities
If you thought comedy was dead, you should have been in Britain after the pope cited the opinion of a Byzantine emperor who died 600 years ago.As the Muslim furor broke, a British motorist was arrested by the fuzz for revving his motor in a "racist"...
Reconnecting with the Reality-Based Community
[Ethical Realism: A Vision for America's Role in the World, Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman, Pantheon, 200 pages]Reconnecting With the Reality-Based CommunityAT NO TIME since the Vietnam War has there has been greater domestic discontent with American...
Riveting Account
[Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon, James Sullivan, Gotham Books, 320 pages]Riveting AccountYOU CAN WALK into any trendy bar in New York City and see a woman whose hips, thighs, and other assets are sculpted in denim, her thin, almost boyish...
Separation of Church and Truth
[The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back, Andrew Sullivan, HarperCollins, 294 pages]Separation of Church and TruthANDREW SULLIVAN is a skilled political journalist, and in The Conservative Soul he makes some excellent criticisms of...
Size Matters
[molehills into mountains]The push for military strikes against Iran rests on inflated assessments of a minor threat.WE HEAR A LOT about the menace of Islamic terrorism. In the run-up to the Iraqi invasion, our secretary of state told us about the risk...
Tour De France
We could learn from the country neoconservatives call our oldest enemy.CONTRARY TO RECEIVED postwar wisdom, Marshal Pétain could be both witty and trenchant. But he undeniably plumbed an abyss of falsehood when, in a 1941 broadcast, he announced: "Frenchmen,...