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. 19, October 9

Back to the Future
Sustainable communties to come will be smaller and more beautiful.BACK IN THE EARLY 20th century, when the cheap oil fiesta was just getting underway and some major new technological innovation made its debut every month-cars, radio, movies, airplanes-there...
Beware: Blue Eyes
[IDEAS]The pace of efforts to smear University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer and Harvard's Stephen Walt has picked up, an indication that the pair's influence continues to grow. Six months ago, the two published a London Review of Books essay...
Cartoon Castro
The reality of the Cuban dictator bears little resemblance to his admirers' fantasies.IN SOME COUNTRIES the visitor wishes for a mighty hand to reach down from the clouds and take away the tyranny and squalor he sees around him. Cuba is one such place....
Chanteuse of Strange Fruit
Chanteuse of Strange FruitHOW MANY ARE LEFT of the old jazz aficionados who listened to Billie Holiday decades ago in New York's West 52nd Street nightclubs? Not many. I still remember Billie singing "Strange Fruit" in the eddying smoke of Café Society....
Deep Background
The White House has overcome resistance from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has ordered plans to attack Iran after the November congressional elections. President Bush has made it clear, both publicly and privately, that Iran will not be allowed to develop...
Forum
SEE OUR NEW WEBSITEI just read your article by Michael Brendan Dougherty called "Suicide of Brewster" (Sept 11), and I am amazed that he is so obviously unaware of many pertinent facts. Especially troubling is his apparent ignorance about the village's...
GOP Safety Valve
Can the Republicans' advantage on national security overcome their weakness on Iraq?STANDING IN THE EAST ROOM nearly five years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks before an audience that included some of the victims' family members, President Bush might...
He Wrote the Book on Torture
[War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror, John Yoo, Atlantic Monthly Press, 224 pages]He Wrote the Book on TortureGEORGE W. BUSH has made absolutism respectable among American conservatives. And no one has done more pimping for...
Liberating Ourselves
[all's well that ends]Failure to achieve the easy victory the hawks promised in Iraq doesn't mean that we must continue to lose.THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION originally sold the Iraq War to the public, Congress, and the world with two propaganda packages appealing...
Losing the Will to Fight
Five years have elapsed since the war on terror began on 9/11. Yet even before nearly 3,000 were killed that day, there had been attacks by Islamic radicals on the World Trade Center, Khobar Towers, our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the USS Cole.U.S....
Provoking Pakistan
Making Musharraf our puppet stokes the Kashmir crisis.ONE OF THE ODDER ASPECTS of President George W. Bush's campaign to export democracy is that Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, whom Bush hails as one of his closest allies in these struggles,...
Recovering the Lost Liturgy
[The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background, Klaus Gamber, Roman Catholic Books, 198 pages]Recovering the Lost LiturgyKLAUS GAMBER'S BOOK The Reform of the Roman Liturgy was and is a publishing event, one of the most significant in...
The Morons Shall Inherit the Earth
FILM[Idiocracy]The Morons Shall Inherit the EarthPERHAPS THE MOST GIFTED populist conservative in the entertainment industry is Mike Judge, creator of the TV animated comedies "Beavis & Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" (now scheduled for an 11th...
Tortured Logic
[JUSTICE]Last week's East Room speech was a tale of two Bushes: the stalwart defender of the rule of law and the War President who claims privilege to suspend it.The headline didn't surprise-suspected terrorists have been held in secret prisons outside...
Trading Places
How to rekindle conversation between Left and RightI REMEMBER WHEN liberals and conservatives used to be able to talk to each other. Sure, liberals had an important advantage, since they controlled most of the prestigious media. On the other hand, we...
We Need to Talk
Five years on from the WTC tragedy, the war on terror is not only far from won, the blunder of Iraq is radicalizing countless young Muslims the world over. It seems at times that this administration is not only dumb but also deaf. Cheney recently said...