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. 24, December 18

Arizona Dreamin'
[DIVERSITY]Political scientists will be mining the midterm exit-poll data for years, and certain questions-"Will the GOP maintain its hold over the evangelical vote?"-have become perennials of contemporary American politics. At least people know there...
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David out of the Lions' Den
David Out of the Lions' Den [Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, David Kuo, Free Press, 283 pages]THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT has long targeted those many Christians have seen as the devil's political helpers-Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, People...
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Deep Background
Using a block of clay to simulate a bomb, Paris airport workers have made a video demonstrating how easy it is to smuggle an explosive onto a civilian airliner at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airport's principal union is supporting seven Muslim employees...
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His God Must Be Crazy
His God Must Be Crazy [Showdown With Nuclear Iran, Michael D. Evans and Jerome R. Corsi, Nelson Current, 288 pages]IF YOU COULD WAIT half a lifetime before getting revenge, we nerds would die happy because every nerd dreams of vengeance on the guys who...
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How to Lose an Army
Plow deep into Iraq and dare Iran to strike.LOSE A WAR, lose an election. What else did the Republicans expect? That is especially true for a "war of choice," which is to say a war we should not have fought. It is difficult to imagine that, had Spain...
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Message in a Ballot
On his first foreign trip after the "thumpin'," President Bush headed for Hanoi. Prior to departure, his lame-duck Republican Congress gave him a reminder of the election-a swift boot, setting aside his trade treaty with Vietnam.It is a harbinger of...
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No Mandate for Amnesty
Some recriminations and finger-pointing are to be expected in the aftermath of the Republican loss of both the House and Senate, but some partisans are trying to distort the election data to fit their own agenda. Vocal advocates of amnesty for illegal...
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Operation Rescue
In bringing back Robert Gates, Bush recalls the wisdom of his elders.COLLEGE STATION, home to Texas A&M University, is a pleasant place-at least for nine months of the year. Though George H.W. Bush's presidential library is here, after that it's...
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Pence None the Richer
House conservatives come up short in their bid for reform.IF CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS, bloggers, and pundits were allowed to vote in congressional leadership elections, Congressman Mike Pence would have won the race for House minority leader in a walk....
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Prisoners' Dilemma
Indefinite detention of terrorist suspects poses a challenge to America's most valuable legal traditions.THE RECENTLY ENACTED Military Commissions Act and the Supreme Court Hamdi and Hamdan decisions, which tried to limit the suspension of the protections...
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Shaken but Not Stirring
FILM[Casino Royale]Shaken But Not StirringJAMES BOND is the most popular English fictional character since Sherlock Holmes, the hero of 23 movies raking in $4 billion at the global box office. The essence of his screen appeal has been the paradox embodied...
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Sins of Commission
For Bush, being tough on terror requires torture, secret prisons, and no accountability.HAVE REPUBLICANS become the party of torture, secret prisons, and indefinite detention? In his speech last month on signing the Military Commissions Act (MCA), President...
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Stranger Than Fiction
Last year was a bad one for Mohammad Bijeh, an Iranian chap who killed a couple of innocent people and got caught. Iran, as the neocons tell us, presents a clear and present danger-to Bijeh, that is. In front of a baying crowd, he was flogged at the...
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Taliban, Take Two
Five years later, our original foe in the war on terror is reversing an easy American victory.FIVE YEARS AFTER the Taliban fled to the mountains, Kabul felt normal. French Army Capt. Eric Morgand of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force...
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The Party's Over
The 2006 midterms were more significant than Republican strategists want to admit.SHRED THE PREDICTABLE SPIN that the midterm elections were of no consequence. What happened on Nov. 7 was seismic: the Fall of the House of Neocon has begun. Bush partisans...
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They Only Look Dead
[down but not out]Neoconservatives lobbied for an unnecessary war and are getting blamed. But they have made comebacks before.REPUBLICANS MAY HAVE gotten "a thumpin'," but the neocons appear to be suffering a full-fledged rout The intellectual faction...
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