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. 6, March 27

An Empire Built of Paper
BOOKS[Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis, William Bonner and Addison Wiggin, John Wiley & Sons, 370 pages]An Empire Built of PaperTWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, when the United States was a modest commercial republic, the president could...
Are We Up to the Empire Game?
In the green room of "The McLaughlin Group," where the topic was the Dubai ports debacle, someone mordantly observed how very much better the Brits were at this empire game.After the events of February, it seems a fair question as to whether America...
Cheney of Command
Ask the veep which laws bind the White House.THE BIGGEST SURPRISE from the shooting of Harry Worthington was Dick Cheney's announcement that he is entitled to declassify national security secrets. Such declassiflcations raise the question of whether...
Counterfeit Conservative
[Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, Bruce Bartlett, Doubleday, 320 pages]Counterfeit ConservativePRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH took office to the sustained applause of America's conservative movement. In 2000,...
Deep Background
A likely consequence of U.S. military action against Iran would be the unleashing of an unprecedented wave of suicide-bombing attacks. In all the countries bordering the Persian Gulf there are considerable Shi'ite minorities that the Iranians have been...
Downhill Olympics
The vulgarized Winter Games feature pranks and petulance, not grit and beauty.ON FEB. 19, 1968, a 19-year-old American sylph in a blue dress sewn by her mother won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. It was the first Olympics broadcast...
Fighting for Fiction
[IRAQ]In the wake of what may be the first battle in a full-scale Iraqi civil war-1,300 Iraqi casualties, mostly by execution, in two days-pollster John Zogby published a stunning survey of the attitudes of American soldiers serving in the country. The...
Forum
FIGHTING OURSELVESFinally, someone who will say what has needed to be said since the Cheney/ Rumsfeld administration launched the U.S. on its moronic war on terror. Mr. Bacevich is absolutely right, and virtually everything this administration has done...
From Russia with Blood
FILM[Night Watch]From Russia With BloodRUSSIA'S TRIUMPHANT RISE from cultural backwater to dazzling center of creativity and profundity during the century before the Bolshevik Revolution was mirrored by its sad decline under Communism. The collapse of...
Hillary the Hawk
The Democrats' Athena only differs from Bush on the details.WHEN "THE MOOSE" TALKS, Democrats listen-just like the Republicans did when he was flacking on their behalf. And the Democrat listening the closest to this Trotskyist-turned-neoconservative...
Mission Improbable
Even the neocons, who long for war with Iran, concede it isn't feasible.THOSE SEEKING INDICATIONS that George W. Bush's "global war on terror" will next target Iran have had much to point to. With little prompting beyond the newly elected Iranian president...
Race War Behind Bars
In Los Angeles prisons, Mexican gangs target black inmates.THE RACIAL VIOLENCE that has plagued Los Angeles County, particularly South Central Los Angeles and the adjacent city of Compton, has erupted in the county jails. In the lockups, Mexicans and...
Six Ports and a Storm
The Dubai debacle shows Americans looking inward.IT'S NOT EVERY NEWS CYCLE that the columnists for the anti-interventionist Antiwar.com and for the internationalist op-ed page of the New York Times find themselves echoing the same line-of-the-day spun...
Suburban Commandos
The miliarization of local police puts innocents at risk.LOCAL POLICE in Fairfax, Virginia suspected that Salvatore Culosi Jr., a 37year-old optometrist, was running an illegal gambling operation. On Jan. 24, after a three-month undercover investigation,...
The Radical Lasch
The Marxian social historian saw past the limits of liberalism to a true middle-class populism.HAD NATURE TAKEN a more typical course, Christopher Lasch would still be with us. Only 61 years old when on Valentine's Day 1994 he succumbed to cancer in...
The Reverse of the Medal
[Patrick O'Brian: The Making of the Novelist, Nikolai Tolstoy, W. W. Norton and Company, 512 pages]The Reverse of the MedalNIKOLAI TOLSTOY'S new biography of Patrick O'Brian is a useful, if painful, contribution to our understanding of a writer who elevated...
Ugly Americans on the March
"This is not an easy time to be American. Your motives are questioned, actions vilified, values mocked. ... Many Americans venturing overseas feel that they are held to be culpable merely for the sound of their accent. ... There is a grave danger in...
We Hold These Truths
[LIBERTIES]There isn't much novel to say about an Austrian court's sentencing of British historian David Irving to three years in prison for violating a law against denying or minimizing the Holocaust. Virtually every soul who has published an opinion...