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. 2, January 28

After Bhutto
Did Pakistan's democratic prospects the with her?IN THE BITTER DAYS since Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, commentators around the world have cried martyrdom. The lofty narrative can trace its arc back to the beginning of last year, when the possibility...
After Bhutto: Did Pakistan's Democratic Prospects Die with Her?
IN THE BITTER DAYS since Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, commentators around the world have cried martyrdom. The lofty narrative can trace its arc back to the beginning of last year, when the possibility of a return from exile was first floated. She...
Dead Wrong
Selling out leaves one neocon poorer for ideas.WHEN DAVID FHUM'S first and best book, Dead Right, was published in 1994, William F. Buckley Jr. blurbed it as "the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation." That was a bit much, but even...
Dead Wrong: Selling out Leaves One Neocon Poorer for Ideas
WHEN DAVID FRUM'S first and best book, Dead Right, was published in 1994, William F. Buckley Jr. blurbed it as "the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation." That was a bit much, but even Frum's critics might agree that Dead Right was...
Deep Background
Israel's Sept. 6 bombing of a building in Syria continues to be shrouded in secrecy, but both American analysts and United Nations investigators now believe that the entire incident was the result of poor intelligence compiled by the Israelis and accepted...
Forgive Us Our Debts
Since it began to give credit ratings to nations in 1917, Moody's has rated the United States triple-A. U.S. Treasury bonds have been seen as the most secure investment on earth. When crises erupt, nervous money seeks out the world's great safe harbor,...
Forum
RUDY AWAKENINGMichael C. Desch helps to sound a much needed alarm to ensure that the warloving Giuliani does not get to the White House (Jan. 14). Giuliani has the idiotic notion, voiced here in Seattle, that the war in Iraq will be "over" when it is...
Found in Translation
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets.MOST AMERICANS have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's...
Found in Translation: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Spills Her Secrets
MOST AMERICANS have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington's highest levels--sale of nuclear secrets,...
Goldberg's Trivial Pursuit
[Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Jonah Goldberg, Doubleday, 496 pages]Goldberg's Trivial PursuitBy Austin W. BranwellNOT WITHOUT REASON was Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism widely expected...
Honor Killing
Losing a war isn't as great a stain on a nation's soul as refusing to admit defeat.CAN DEFEAT BE HONORABLE? Can a nation admit to error without incurring disgrace? For many, the answer to both questions is clearly "no, never," especially in matters of...
Honor Killing: Losing a War Isn't as Great a Stain on a Nation's Soul as Refusing to Admit Defeat
CAN DEFEAT BE HONORABLE? Can a nation admit to error without incurring disgrace? For many, the answer to both questions is clearly "no, never," especially in matters of war. Shakespeare, setting out the two sides of the argument in his play "Troilus...
Live Free or Die?
Many of the results from New Hampshire were surprising, but none was as disappointing as Ron Paul's fifth place showing. Coming off a decent 10-percent finish in Iowa, where no one had expected Paul to do well, the campaign seemed poised to strike...
Living Literally
[The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A.J. Jacobs, Simon & Schuster, 400 pages]Living LiterallyBy Peter SudermanA.J. JACOBS HAS A PROBLEM with seriousness. No matter what his topic, he's...
Motorized Mitt
As we go to press, Mitt Romney has won an impressive--and somewhat unexpected--victory in Michigan, routing John McCain and Mike Huckabee. By the time subscribers read this, the race may be reshuffled again. But Romney's success pulls his campaign...
Motorized Mitt
[ELECTION]As we go to press, Mitt Roraney has won an impressive-and somewhat unexpected-victory in Michigan, routing John McCain and Mike Huckabee. By the time subscribers read this, the race may be reshuffled again. But Romney's success pulls his campaign...
Right to Offend
Ezra Levant's case before Alberta's Human Rights Commission showcases the logical end of political correctness: the death of free speech. Two years ago, Levant, in his capacity as editor of the Western Standard, published the infamous Dutch cartoons...
Right to Offend
[CULTURE]Ezra Levant's case before Alberta's Human Rights Commission showcases the logical end of political correctness: the death of free speech. Two years ago, Levant, in his capacity as editor of the Western Standard, published the infamous Dutch...
Shotgun Offense
Who wins when football mania and heartland values collide? The Grizzlies, of course.BIG CHANGES ARE AFOOT in Grizzly country. The reintroduction of predators into our wilderness has reached a point where hunting season is no longer a oneway street. Hunters...
Shotgun Offense: Who Wins When Football Mania and Heartland Values Collide? the Grizzlies, of Course
BIG CHANGES ARE AFOOT in Grizzly country. The reintroduction of predators into our wilderness has reached a point where hunting season is no longer a one-way street. Hunters win most of the time, but the wildlife gets in more licks every year. As...
The Audacity of Huck
The Religious Right roils the establishment by backing one of its own.MIKE HUCKABEE was supposed to be an amusing sideshow. Just last August, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani dominated the GOP big tent, capturing the spotlight with their massive fundraising...
The Audacity of Huck: The Religious Right Roils the Establishment by Backing One of Its Own
MIKE HUCKABEE was supposed to be an amusing sideshow. Just last August, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani dominated the GOP big tent, capturing the spotlight with their massive fundraising efforts and early endorsements. Meanwhile, without a single reporter...
The Long Fuse to the Iraq War
The Long Fuse to the Iraq War [They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, Jacob Heilbrunn, Doubleday, 289 pages]by Philip WeissIT IS HARD TO IMAGINE a title more overdue than They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons. Ever since neoconservatism's...
The Oilman Bowls Alone
[There Will Be Blood] NO MOVIE OF 2007 sounded more promising than "There Will Be Blood," which stars the titanic Daniel Day-Lewis in a loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 roman-a-clef about prospector Edward L. Doheny, Oil! In 1893, Doheny...
Untested Savior
Barack Obama answers Democrats' longing for a candidate who is above politics, but he would probably lead them to disaster in November.THE NATION'S OBAMA swoon has eased, arrested by Hillary's swell of tears. But the force behind it gathers for resurgence....
Untested Savior: Barack Obama Answers Democrats' Longing for a Candidate Who Is above Politics, but He Would Probably Lead Them to Disaster in November
THE NATION'S OBAMA swoon has eased, arrested by Hillary's swell of tears. But the force behind it gathers for resurgence. Its intensity is driven by yearnings as old as society itself, for a politics of the transcendent. Some intellectuals who fled...
Voting with My Feet
WARREN, MICHIGAN -- I love Ed Rollins like a brother, but it's Mike Huckabee who inspired me to return to politics--for such a time as this. Rollins was my boss at the Reagan White House in the early '80s, and then I followed him to the Reagan-Bush...