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. 7, April 9

Amnesty Impasse
Bush's immigration bill bogs down.ON MARCH 6, federal agents raided a leather goods factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts, arresting 361 illegal immigrants. The news hounded President Bush during his diplomatic tour of Latin America. Guatemalan President...
Ant Farm
Inflating a disorganized menace into a global predator elevates al-Qaeda and imperils us.OVER FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED since the 9/11 attacks, and we still cannot agree on how to handle the problem of terrorism. In order to have a strategy, you have to...
Appointment in Al-Adhamiya
With American forces on Baghdad's mean streets, frontline of the last chanceBAGHDAD-"In the last 48 hours our route has not had many IEDs," lieutenant Lao explains to his soldiers, a dozen standing next to his humvee. "But there has been a lot of small...
Beyond Red and Blue
Beyond Red and Blue [Eight Ways To Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Right and Left, Brian Mitchell, Praeger Publishers, 161 pages]IT SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY that a mass commercial press would have published Brian Mitchell's study. Unlike those...
Deep Background
Those who have harbored concerns that the new Democratic Congress would differ little from the Republican one on foreign policy have noted with dismay recent developments regarding Iran. On March 12, the Democratic Party leadership announced that it...
Flowers for the Liberators
Five years after beating back the Taliban, rampant corruption and the persistence of the poppy economy make victory in Afghanistan elusive.IN THE SHADOW of the Iraq misadventure, the Taliban has mounted a brazen comeback in the badlands of Afghanistan....
Forum
A WISER ZIONBy chance I happened upon Scott McConnell's article, "Bloggers vs. the Lobby" (March 12), and recognized my "regrettably anonymous" comment from Ezra Klein's blog that was quoted at length. I was flattered by the citation, as well as his...
Hagel's Dilemma
The senator is vague about his political future but clear in his opposition to the Iraq War.SOMETHING HAPPENED to Sen. Charles T. "Chuck" Hagel on the way to the press conference. The man of seemingly impenetrable defenses and unshakable disposition...
Hegemony Lite
How different would a Hagelian foreign policy be?CHUCK HAGEL has walked the walk. His experience in military service, not to mention his medal-winning heroism in Vietnam four decades ago, distinguishes him from most of those who make American foreign...
Invisible Hand
Invisible Hand [George Mason: Forgotten Founder, Jeff Broadwater, University of North Carolina Press, 352 pages]GEORGE MASON was the esteemed colleague of Virginia revolutionaries Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the early days the Republic, but...
It's All Greek to Me
If you think stand-up comedy is in a rut, you should hear Gholamhossein Elham, an Iranian government spokesman. Old Gholam had me in stitches when he stood up and screamed foul over the blockbuster "300" a couple of weeks ago. He called the movie an...
The Pleasure of the President
The Pleasure of the President [Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America's Future, Geoffrey Perret, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 436 pages]I SUSPECT THAT the title of Geoffrey Perret's excellent...
The Pluck of the Irish Rebels
FILM[The Wind that Shakes the Barley]The Pluck of the Irish RebelsNeoconservatives who extol Winston Churchill's adamancy never mention that in 1921, after Britain suffered no more than 700 army and police deaths in Ireland, he played a key role in negotiations...
The Starbucks Delusion
Consumerism isn't guaranteed to turn China democratic.A FEW YEARS AGO, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof gave voice to one of the most common American misconceptions about China's political future. It was June 2004, the 15th anniversary of the...
Twilight Zone
Pass through the portal to the alternate reality of the War Party's propagandists.I THINK ALMOST EVERYBODY has wondered what would have happened if they had made a different choice in life, taken a different path. If you didn't think of it by yourself,...
We Don't Live in Lake Wobegone
Two weeks ago, a jolting report on American education hit the headlines, was discussed by the punditocracy, and forgotten.It needs to be revisited for what it says of the success of our having plunged trillions of tax dollars into public education to...