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. 2, January 3

All the President's Power
[the men who would be king]Contrary to liberal mythology, abuse of executive authority has deep roots in both parties.VICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney recently told the Washington Post that when the Bush administration entered office, it was determined to...
Come Home, America
Liberals need another George McGovern-and perhaps conservatives do too.TO THE SLANTING WALL above my desk is taped a large "Come Home America/ Vote McGovern Shriver '72" poster. Designed by artist Leonard R. Fuller, the collage fills an outline of the...
Deep Background
No actual al-Qaeda terrorists have been identified and caught, but some American journalists might have been among the targets off the post-9/11 presidential order to the National Security Agency (NSA) to tap terrorist communications secretly without...
Executioner's Song
FILM[Munich]Executioner's SongCONSERVATIVES HAVE MUCH reason to complain about the movie industry, but it could be worse. For example, the critics' darling is the morally irresponsible Quentin Tarantino, yet within Hollywood, he is treated as an amusing...
Exit, Don't Escalate
[MIDEAST]On Jan. 2, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested much that during his December visit, CIA Director Porter Goss did not-as had been reported-request overflight rights or intelligence assistance for a possible attack on Iran."These...
Forum
GREEK VS. GEEKThe recent caricature in The American Conservative (Dec. 19) of my book by one Gary Brecher is not just a mishmash of factual errors but unhinged and, sadly, nothing new. The author writes as the "War Nerd" for The Exile, "a Moscow-based...
God and Man at the Box Office
The Christian fable of Narnia charms believers and skeptics alike.DON'T BUY INTO the hype: the life of a right-wing journalist is not all glitz and glamour. Not all of us pass our evenings sipping Glenfiddich with Ann Coulter at the Pierre, trying to...
Mogadishu, Mass
[CULTURE]All is not onward and upward with the 90 Somali refugees in the Springfield, Massachusetts school system. Last month the New York Times did an inquiry. One Somali fourth grader, two years in the United States, could not read the words "for"...
Of Borders and Ballots
2006 may be immigration reform's year.WILL IMMIGRATION be a major factor in this year's campaigns? Many poll watchers think so, calling it the gay marriage of 2006-the definitive social issue on many voters' minds despite the political class's manifest...
Peace Candidate, '68 Vintage
TAC's publishing schedule did not allow for a timely obituary of Eugene McCarthy, but the late senator deserves notice in these pages: his views-and particularly his long frustration with the limitations of two-party hegemony-have a great deal of common...
Permission to Speak Freely
Back in February 2003, The American Conservative ran an editorial under the heading "Free Taki." Mind you, it was a shot across the bow of Scotland Yard's "Diversity Division," which was investigating me for an article I had written in the Spectator...
Political Climate
The success of democracy may depend less on culture than geography.WHEN STAFF SGT. Larry Simmons, a Floridian from a Marine reconnaissance unit, saw the Euphrates River for the first time on March 23, 2003, he was not impressed. Guardian correspondent...
Rousseau Was Wrong
The freedom-promoting foreign policy of the Bush administration rests on the assumption that democracy is the natural condition of human beings and that undemocratic societies are survivals of a past that progress has not yet corrected.Everyone understands...
Rumsfeld's Remote-Control War
[Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, Sean Naylor, Berkley Caliber, 425 pages]Rumsfeld's Remote-Control WarTHE MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN are a less than ideal setting for a war-or for much of anything else. They are remote and...
Russian Roulette
No issue did more to bring Ronald Reagan to power than the failed policy of détente, the absurdity of which was revealed when Russia invaded Afghanistan as Carter fretted over hostages at the embassy in Tehran.Among Reagan's first moves was to abort...
The Faith of the Poet
[Auden and Christianity, Arthur Kirsch, Yale University Press, 240 pages]The Faith of the Poet"IN EACH OF US, there is a bit of a Catholic and a bit of a Protestant," Arthur Kirsch quotes the poet W.H. Auden as saying. "For truth is catholic, but the...
The Irrepressible Mencken
The bad boy of Baltimore has lost none of his punch-or relevance.FOR A MAN dead 50 years this month, H.L. Mencken remains remarkably prolific. No fewer than three volumes of wholly original Mencken material have seen print since 1989-first The Diary...
The Pen and the Cross
The Pen and the Cross [Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, Joseph Pearce, Ignatius Press, 425 pages]JOSEPH PEARCE'S CAREER, at least as gleaned from public sources, is almost a Chesterton fantasia in itself. From a poor, increasingly Pakistani-dominated...