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. 16, August 27

Bringing Diversity to the Debate
[Debating Immigration, edited by Carol M. Swain, Cambridge University Press, 316 pages] Debating Immigration grew out of papers presented at a conference held at Princeton in 2005, plus some additional contributions. The book is thus not animated...
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Can We Win the Ideological War?
Asked during World War II why the British continued to fight so ferociously, Churchill is said to have snorted, "If we stop, you'll find out."The question arises in the war on terror we know who the main enemy is, al-Qaeda, the men and movement responsible...
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Can We Win the Ideological War? Asked during World War II Why the British Continued to Fight So Ferociously, Churchill Is Said to Have Snorted, "If We Stop, You'll Find Out."
The question arises in the war on terror: we know who the main enemy is, al-Qaeda, the men and movement responsible for 9/11, but what are they fighting for? What is their war all about? A year ago, in Salt Lake City, President Bush, addressing...
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Deep Background
At a National Security Council meeting in mid-July, the principals discussed the actions the U.S. should take in the event off a domestic terrorist attack this summer, the possibility of which is highlighted in the classified version of the just published...
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Democracy Delusion
The misconception that values won the Cold WarFOR CLOSE TO TWO DECADES, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States has followed a security policy built around the ideology of democratic universalism and implemented through...
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Democracy Delusion: The Misconception That Values Won the Cold War
FOR CLOSE TO TWO DECADES, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States has followed a security policy built around the ideology of democratic universalism and implemented through residual Cold War institutions. Unlike 1945-47,...
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Ex-President McCain
From maverick to heir apparent to aging senator-and it only cost $28 million.JOHN MCCAIN is getting his first lucky break in weeks: I can't get into his conference call. It's only been days since his campaign manager Terry Nelson admitted that only $2...
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Ex-President McCain: From Maverick to Heir Apparent to Aging Senator-And It Only Cost $28 Million
JOHN MCCAIN is getting his first lucky break in weeks: I can't get into his conference call. It's only been days since his campaign manager Terry Nelson admitted that only $2 million was left in the coffers after almost $30 million had been raised....
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Forum
FRED HEADMichael Dougherty uses a fig-leaf argument to contend that Fred Thompson is all personality, devoid of ideas, and merely trying to assume the "brand" of Ronald Reagan (July 16).First, Thompson's weaknesses pale in comparison to the competition's....
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Let's Not Go Dutch
Amnesty's track record in Europe should discourage American imitators.AMERICA IS NOT THE ONLY nation debating amnesty for illegal aliens. The issue is a hot topic across the Atlantic as well. On June 8, the Dutch Parliament approved a proposal submitted...
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Let's Not Go Dutch: Amnesty's Track Record in Europe Should Discourage American Imitators
AMERICA IS NOT THE ONLY nation debating amnesty for illegal aliens. The issue is a hot topic across the Atlantic as well. On June 8, the Dutch Parliament approved a proposal submitted by Nebahat Albayrak, a Turkish-born member of the Dutch government,...
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Musharraf on the Edge
Almost six years ago, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf swore that he would begin combating radicalism and working to reform the religious schools that churn out Islamic militants. Last month in Islamabad, the Pakistani army's battle with militants...
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Nothing Doing
Taking time to be human in a workaholic worldI HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" contained one of the most bogus assertions ever put to music: "I see friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do' / They're really saying,...
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Nothing Doing: Taking Time to Be Human in a Workaholic World
I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" contained one of the most bogus assertions ever put to music: "I see friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do' / They're really saying, 'I love you.'" Not in D.C. they aren't....
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Novak Gets the Scoop on Novak
[The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington, Robert D. Novak, Crown Forum, 672 pages] SOME 36 YEARS AGO, when I was a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, I received a visit from a college chum who had become...
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One-Child Foreign Policy
Lower birth rates will alter both society and strategy.MILITARY ANALYSTS are always talking about strategy. Often they are proposing one that they have just invented and naturally think will be the solution to the nation's security problems. The present...
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One-Child Foreign Policy: Lower Birth Rates Will Alter Both Society and Strategy
MILITARY ANALYSTS are always talking about strategy. Often they are proposing one that they have just invented and naturally think will be the solution to the nation's security problems. The present time, filled as it is with the threat of Islamist...
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Opium of the Intellectuals
[Comrades!: A History of World Communism, Robert Service, Harvard University Press, 571 pages] SINCE THE COLLAPSE of communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR, scholars have busied themselves with a wealth of previously restricted archival material....
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Talk, Talk against the Dying of the Light
[Sunshine] ON MAY 28, 1942, the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, badly damaged at the Battle of the Coral Sea, squeezed into a Pearl Harbor dry dock needing an estimated 90 days of repair. But with four Japanese carriers steaming toward Midway Island,...
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The Chips Are Down
With our computers frozen, would the U.S. still be a superpower? China intends to find out.IN THIS GALAXY, in the not too distant future...The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan demanded that the U.S. military focus its attention-and muchof its research and...
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The Chips Are Down: With Our Computers Frozen, Would the U.S. Still Be a Superpower? China Intends to Find Out
IN THIS GALAXY, in the not too distant Future ... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan demanded that the U.S. military focus its attention--and much of its research and development--on how best to respond to low-tech threats such as primitive improvised...
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The Lost Summer
This is for us oldies. Remember when the summers lasted longer back then, when all men seemed to wear hats, and women acted like ladies?My best summer ever was 1952, when I came to New York from Blair Academy and my father informed me we were leaving...
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The Lost Summer: This Is for Us Oldies. Remember When the Summers Lasted Longer Back Then, When All Men Seemed to Wear Hats, and Women Acted like Ladies?
My best summer ever was 1952, when I came to New York from Blair Academy and my father informed me we were leaving for the south of France via ocean liner. I was 15 and terribly eager to lose my virginity. What better place than the fabled land of...
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What Hillary Hides
Passionate yet distant, pious yet deceptive, the former first lady is the most provocative of the 2008 presidential candidates - and perhaps the least known.IN HIS BIOGRAPHY of Hillary Clinton, Carl Bernstein writes of when Alan Simpson, a Republican...
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What Hillary Hides: Passionate Yet Distant, Pious Yet Deceptive, the Former First Lady Is the Most Provocative of the 2008 Presidential Candidates-And Perhaps the Least Known
IN HIS BIOGRAPHY of Hillary Clinton, Carl Bernstein writes of when Alan Simpson, a Republican senator from Wyoming and a man of great repute, paid a visit to Bill Clinton in the White House at the beginning of the president's second term. Simpson is...
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Zealous for Zion
John Hagee assembles the Amen Corner's Amen Corner.MEMBERS OF THE Cornerstone Church Orchestra wet their Ups for rehearsal, preparing to blow into their shofars, those curved horns used to mark Jewish feasts. In anticipation of the evening's event, organizers...
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Zealous for Zion: John Hagee Assembles the Amen Corner's Amen Corner
MEMBERS OF THE Cornerstone Church Orchestra wet their lips for rehearsal, preparing to blow into their shofars, those curved horns used to mark Jewish feasts. In anticipation of the evening's event, organizers arrange thousands of chairs, placing programs...
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