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. 7, No. 4, February 25

Bridge to Nowhere
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he talked of a new generation of Americans taking charge, of heading out bravely for a New Frontier. He did not call up the shades of FDR or Harry Truman or go back 45 years to Woodrow Wilson. The...
Deep Background
The increasingly unstable situation in Pakistan is now the principal topic at meetings of the National Security Council. There is apprehension that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal is vulnerable, a concern that the Indian government has shared privately...
Defining Deterrence Down
[nuclear family]What's the return address of a non-state actor with a bomb?THE NUCLEAR AGE was inaugurated by the largest and most advanced industrial power in history, the United States. Only the greatest of great powers had the capacity to mobilize...
Defining Deterrence Down: What's the Return Address of a Non-State Actor with a Bomb?
THE NUCLEAR AGE was inaugurated by the largest and most advanced industrial power in history, the United States. Only the greatest of great powers had the capacity to mobilize the vast and diverse resources necessary to acquire the first nuclear weapons....
Forum
IDENYIt is impossible to find ways strong enough to deny the reckless and absurd allegations about me in Philip Giraldi's article ("Found in Translation," Jan. 28). They are completely false and malicious.MARC GROSSMANWashington, D.C.MISSING MITTThank...
Grand Old Party
High spirits and low expectations at CPACAT LAST YEAR'S Conservative Political Action Conference, a man in a dolphin suit stood outside the Omni Shoreham hotel mocking Mitt Romney's flip-flopping on abortion, the Reagan presidency, and other issues dear...
Grand Old Party: High Spirits and Low Expectations at CPAC
AT LAST YEAR'S Conservative Political Action Conference, a man in a dolphin suit stood outside the Omni Shoreham Hotel mocking Mitt Romney's flip-flopping on abortion, the Reagan presidency, and other issues dear to conservative hearts. Attendees loved...
In Search of Dear Leader
The problem with partisanship: not enough of itIT IS A CLICHÉ that the masses crave a strong leader. It is also demonstrably true. It is also true that the political class covets the uncomplicated efficacy of dictatorial rule. This impatience with republican...
In Search of Dear Leader: The Problem with Partisanship: Not Enough of It
IT IS A CLICHE that the masses crave a strong leader. It is also demonstrably true. It is also true that the political class covets the uncomplicated efficacy of dictatorial rule. This impatience with republican limits can only resolve itself in disdain...
Look Homeward
The identification of the Republican Party with conservative institutions has become so complete that establishment leaders react to candidates in the GOP primaries as if the eventual Republican nominee were the de facto head of the movement as well....
Make the World Safe for Hope
[heralding the hawk]Can Barack Obama, who campaigns as an icon of peace, actually be more bellicose than Bush? Yes, he can.OBAMA-MANIA is getting out of hand. Full-grown and well-educated menfrom swooning Andrew Sullivan to the entire staff of GQ magazine-are...
Make the World Safe for Hope: Can Barack Obama, Who Campaigns as an Icon of Peace, Actually Be More Bellicose Than Bush? Yes, He Can
OBAMA-MANIA is getting out of hand. Full-grown and well-educated men--from swooning Andrew Sullivan to the entire staff of GQ magazine--are developing "man crushes" on Barack Obama, going weak in the knees for his immaculately pressed suits, oratorical...
Mitt's Meltdown
The checklist conservative and his $35-million haircutMITT ROMNEY ended his presidential campaign the same way it began: with a concerted effort to convince movement conservatives that he is one of them. After an introduction by talk-show host Laura...
Mitt's Meltdown: The Checklist Conservative and His $35-Million Haircut
MITT ROMNEY ended his presidential campaign the same way it began: with a concerted effort to convince movement conservatives that he is one of them. After an introduction by talk-show host Laura Ingraham that likened Romney to Ronald Reagan, the former...
Out for Justice
Out for Justice [The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith B Politics in a PostReligious Right America, Jim Wallis, Harperone, 352 pages]By Peter Suderman"ADMITTEDLY," Jim Wallis begins The Great Awakening, his newest manifesto on religion and politics, "religion...
Pardon the Ex-President
Bill Clinton spent his public life making a legacy and his legacy years making money. What trouble will he make for Hillary?BILL CLINTON fought so hard against becoming an ex-president in his trial in the Senate that he may not have thought about how...
Pardon the Ex-President: Bill Clinton Spent His Public Life Making a Legacy and His Legacy Years Making Money. What Trouble Will He Make for Hillary?
BILL CLINTON fought so hard against becoming an ex-president in his trial in the Senate that he may not have thought about how an ex ought to behave when his time in office was up. There are models he might have copied. He might have meditated on...
Rush to Judgment
The backlash against McCain reveals signs of life in the conservative movement.AS THE REPUBLICAN nomination process lumbered along for more than a year, the collection of publications, institutions, and media personauties known as the "conservative movement"...
Rush to Judgment: The Backlash against McCain Reveals Signs of Life in the Conservative Movement
AS THE REPUBLICAN nomination process lumbered along for more than a year, the collection of publications, institutions, and media personalities known as the "conservative movement" found itself in a state of a dissatisfied stability. All potential...
Stuffing the Jukebox
ACCORDING TO THE New York Post, "As [Barack] Obama and his wife, Michelle, strolled triumphantly into his victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, Jay-Z's '99 Problems' was blaring. In it, Jay raps, 'I got 99 problems, but a b-tch ain't one.'"...
The Beholder of the Eye
[The Diving Bell and the Butterfly] DESPITE DESERVED Oscar nominations for Best Direction, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Cinematography, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," a sophisticated triumph of the human spirit movie, hasn't been able...
The Marathoner's Race
NORFOLK, VA .--I think it's safe to say that the Republican establishment doesn't want Mike Huckabee to be the GOP nominee. Good. The blessing of party panjandrums seems to be a kiss of political death. Consider: Just a little while ago, the Republican...
The Poet as Conservative
The Poet as Conservative [Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher, Peter J. Stanlis, ISI, 400 pages]By W. Wesleg McDonaldALTHOUGH ROBERT FROST was one of the most popular poets of the 20th century, he remains something of an enigma. His official biographer,...