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. 5, March 12

15 Minutes-20 Years Later
He died 20 years ago this month, and I went to his funeral as stoned as most of his entourage. Bianca Jagger made a ridiculously theatrical entrance. So did Cornelia Guest, the deb of the decade as the tabloids had dubbed her, who burst into tears as...
American Golden Set
Tilden and Budge were masterful tennis players, but they were also gentlemen who elevated the game by their good grace.BILL TILDEN did not just stroll into the West Side Tennis Club, he swept down the hallway that entered the main lounge and dining room...
Behind the Curtain
FILM[The Lives of Others]Behind the CurtainWHEN THE SOVIET SUBMARINE film "The Hunt for Red October" appeared in 1990, a magazine headline described it with a sigh of relief as "The Last Cold War Movie." And that proved largely prophetic. While the movie...
Bloggers vs. the Lobby
Israel's propaganda fortress faces a surprising new challenge.DESPITE THE FAILURE IN IRAQ, the repudiation of the president's foreign policy in opinion polls and the 2006 elections, and the collapse of respect for the U.S. in most other countries, support...
Breaking Ranks
The answer to military strain is not more troops but less war.LONG BEFORE they were clamoring for more troops in Iraq-30,000, 50,000, even 80,000 in Frederick Kagan's fondest imaginings-neoconservatives needed to swell the ranks of the American military...
Deep Background
The tentative nuclear agreement with North Korea, approved by President Bush, generated significant debate in the administration. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lobbied hard for the pact, looking for a tangible diplomatic victory to counter a string...
Enemies of the State
Enemies of the State [Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, Brian Doherty, PublicAffairs, 741 pages]By Daniel McCarthyTHE HISTORIAN JOHN LUKACS has remarked on the peculiarity of American conservatives...
Forum
Weyrich and Lind Answer Their CriticsWe appreciate the thoughtful responses James P. Pinkerton, John Derbyshire, and David Franke offered to our manifesto, "The Next Conservatism" (Feb. 12). But we would like to refute one theme common to them all: namely,...
GW and George W
On that day we now celebrate as Presidents Day, our 43rd president took Marine One down to Mount Vernon to pay homage to our first president. Excellent idea.It's time we junked Presidents Day and restored the Father of our Country to his rightful place...
Middle Men
The blue base is looking for old liberals, not new Democrats.TWO WEEKS BEFORE the midterm elections, Tennessee's Democratic Senate nominee, Harold Ford, received a boost most candidates can only dream about. The five-term congressman was featured on...
Nonconformist Conservative
Ralph de Toledano, 1916-2007I NEEDED A REVIEWER for Robert K. Landers's An Honest Writer: The Life and Times of James T. Farrell. This was early 2004, and I was the assistant editor overseeing TAC's book pages. Landers's volume, about an important writer-author...
On War It's Not
On War It's Not [War Made New: War, Technology, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today, Max Boot, Gotham Books, 624 pages]HISTORICAL SURVEYS of war and the way technological developments change the way it is fought are common-from the tours de force...
Saving Feith
A new report gives the Pentagon intelligence peddler a pass.PENTAGON INSPECTOR GENERAL Thomas Gimble's narrow report on the activities of Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans was not quite a whitewash, but neither was it...
Should We Fear Terrorism or Fear Itself?
Should We Fear Terrorism or Fear Itself? [Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, John Mueller, Free Press, 272 pages]By Wagne MerryIF, AS FRANTZ FANON SAID, "the aim of terrorism...
The Road Not Taken
As Beltway factions outdo themselves to portray Iran as a Mideast crazy state or the new Nazi Germany, it helps to examine some actual facts of the relationship. Tehran's May 2003 attempt to open a negotiation channel with Washington-the details are...
What Would Jack Bauer Do?
[all terror, all the time]Fox's hit drama normalizes torture, magnifies terror, and leaves conservatives asking why George W. Bush can't be more like 24's hero.AGENT JACK BAUER has tortured his own brother, used household appliances to electrocute a...