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. 10, May 21

Al-Qaeda's Waiting Game
Bush isn't winning in his battle against our real enemy.AMERICANS TEND TO FORGET that while we were surprised by the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaeda was not. The attacks' exact date was known to bin Laden and two or three others only six days before Sept. 11,2001,...
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Beyond Baghdad
The surge isn't ending the insurgency but dispersing it.MEET, IRAQ-From an Army colonel in Baghdad's International Zone to a private in a lonely combat outpost on the Euphrates River, I was told and retold that Anbar Province-birthplace of the Sunni...
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Buckley's Paradise Lost
[Strictly Right: William F. Buckleg Jr. and the American Conservative Movement, Linda Bridges and John R. Cogne Ir., John Wileg 6 Sons, 358 pages]Buckley's Paradise LostBy Robert W. MerryFOR CONSERVATIVES who recall William F. Buckley Jr. in his prime...
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Deep Background
Retired Air Force CoI. Sam Gardiner warned in late 2006 that a sign that the U.S. is preparing to go to war with Iran would be an increase in leaks and disinformation designed to sell the war to the American public. There has been a steady drumbeat of...
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Demography Is Destiny
Birth rates in the Holy Land may force a two-state solution.FROM TIME TO TIME, I visit an Israeli blog where much of the discussion has been focused on "demographic problems"-code words for the rising concern among Israelis that if rates of growth of...
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Doomed to Repeat
David Halberstam saw the ruin that can result from the best intentions.IF ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE had sat in the bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium for an entire summer, he would have been an even more interesting read. Fortunately, we had our own master...
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Forum
PRINCIPLED STREET-FIGHTERW. James Antle III has it wrong ("The War Party," April 23). Those of us who share the entire spectrum of conservative domestic policies don't give them up just because of our emphasis on the urgency of winning this war. We think...
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Globalization Bites
[gluttons for punishment]Depending on foreign sources may mean smaller grocery bills, but how secure is a country that can't control its food supply? Ask your pet.LEGEND HAS IT that Teddy Roosevelt was lustily enjoying his breakfast sausage when he happened...
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Greatest Hits of the Eighties
[The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World, John O'Sttllivan, Regnery, 360 pages]Greatest Hits of the EightiesBy Peter HitchensDISILLUSIONED ADULTS sometimes revisit the fairy tales of their childhood and wonder what...
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Middle Ground in the Middle Kingdom
[Hixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World, Margaret MacMillan, Random House, 432 pages]Middle Ground in the Middle KingdomBy Nikolas GvosdevMARGARET MACMILLAN'S Nixon and Mao tells the story of an American president visiting the capital of a country...
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Mississippi Compromise
The necessity-and peril-of trusting strangersAPRIL l, 2007 MARKED the sesquicentennial of the publication of Herman Melville's last novel, The ConfidenceMan. The actions the book describes also took place on April 1, year unspecified but near enough...
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Next Neoconservatism?
[ELECTION]With his recent address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Barack Obama put to rest the charge that he is running only on feel-good platitudes, smooth delivery, and a comparatively youthful face. He sketched out a foreign-policy program...
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One Nation, Divisible
In its quest to embrace the world, America sacrificed the unifying totem of equality for fractious diversity.PERHAPS THE MOST infuriating aspect of the illegal immigrant mass protests held in various American cities is the boldness and belligerence of...
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Sense and Sensibility
FILM[The Queen]Sense and SensibilityARRIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO one afternoon in 1983,1 saw on the news that Queen Elizabeth Ð was to dine that evening with President Reagan in Golden Gate Park. So I climbed into a cab and, feeling like the nursery rhyme...
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Silent Partner
The agency he headed found no cause for war, but George Tenet told the president what he wanted to hear.This letter was sent to retired CIA Director George Tenet by a group of former intelligence officers. Tenet reportedly received a $4 million advance...
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The Bill for Bush's War
Four years have elapsed since the triumphal "Mission Accomplished" address abroad the Lincoln and nearly five years since the inception of this magazine.A time for reflection.A founding purpose of TAC was to speak out with a conservative voice against...
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The Unfortunate Mrs. Middleton
How about a change of pace? Iraq, the neocons, Iran, Hillary-it's all bad news for the foreseeable future. As far as I can tell, the only two things that haven't changed are Wall Street greed and English snobbery. I am not an expert of the former, but...
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We Won, Let's Leave
[IRAQ]Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid upset the capital with his assessment that the Iraq War is "lost." In politics as in life, blunt candor isn't always the best instrument, and Reid's remark sent the keyboard warriors into a frenzy. He might have...
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