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. 21, November 5

All in the Family
[Gone Baby Gone] WITH "THE SOPRANOS" wrapped up, there's a general feeling that the Italian mafia has finally been exhausted as grist for movies and TV. What Hollywood needs now is a new favorite crime-prone immigrant group, of which there is no...
Deep Background
An Oct. 13 New York Times front-page story claiming American and foreign intelligence confirmation that the Israeli strike on Syria last month was on a nuclear reactor being constructed with North Korean aid was based on misleading information leaked...
Dust in the Wind
I was reading in the upstairs bedroom when an angry whine came, high in pitch, rising and falling, that set my nerves on edge. It was a hornet, or something of the ilk, that had wandered in through the patio door. It was looking for a way out. The...
Forum
AMERICA THE OBLIVIOUSIn the Oct. 8 issue, one of your Fourteen Days items described a photo of German guards and staff at Auschwitz enjoying their leisure-young women giggling with an accordionist, untouched by the death around them.It made me think...
Looking for Mr. Right
"I was conservative yesterday, I'm a conservative today and I will be a conservative tomorrow," declared Fred Thompson to the Conservative Party of New York, billing himself as the "consistent conservative" in the GOP race--in contrast to ex-mayor...
Obama's Odds
The politics of hope might catch on-if the purveyor's name didn't rhyme with Osama.THE TITLE OF HIS 2006 bestseller notwithstanding, Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been anything but audacious-and many supporters are starting to lose hope. Among...
Obama's Odds: The Politics of Hope Might Catch On-If the Purveyor's Name Didn't Rhyme with Osama
THE TITLE OF HIS 2006 bestseller notwithstanding, Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been anything but audacious--and many supporters are starting to lose hope. Among Washington political observers, there is a growing sense that the freshman...
Only So Much Moral Clarity
ON OCT. 10, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 27-21 in favor of a resolution recognizing the organized deportations and mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during WWI as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador from...
Putin's Progress
With the end of his presidential term in sight, Russia's leader digs in.IS THERE SUCH A THING as Slavophobia? To be sure, not all Slavic nations are vilified in the West, but the recent demonization of the Serbs and the Russians has an especially vicious...
Putin's Progress: With the End of His Presidential Term in Sight, Russia's Leader Digs In
IS THERE SUCH A THING as Slavophobia? To be sure, not all Slavic nations are vilified in the West, but the recent demonization of the Serbs and the Russians has an especially vicious quality. Perhaps it results from unconscious memories of Dracula...
Recalling the Forgotten War
Recalling the Forgotten War [The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, David Halberstam, Hyperion, 736 pages]By Walttr M. HadtaaTHE FIRST YEAR of the Korean War, so terrible and so filled with shattering human error, is the subject of David Halberstam's...
Secular Fundamentalists
Can atheists form a movement around shared disbelief?THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Crystal Clear Atheism Conference is making the audience uncomfortable: "It seems to me that we are consenting to be viewed as a cranky subculture," warns Sam Harris, author...
Secular Fundamentalists: Can Atheists Form a Movement around Shared Disbelief?
THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Crystal Clear Atheism Conference is making the audience uncomfortable: "It seems to me that we are consenting to be viewed as a cranky subculture," warns Sam Harris, author of the anti-religion bestseller The End of Faith....
Taiwanese Linchpin
Taiwanese Linchpin [A War Like Ho Other: The Truth About China's Challenge to America, Richard C. Bush and Michael E. O'Hanlon, John Wiley and Sons, 232 pages]By Ted Galon CarpenterIN RECENT YEARS, most writers who deal with U.S. policy toward China...
The Boss Is Back
[Magic]The Boss Is BackBy A.G. GancarskiWHEN MOST POP STARS have an album to promote, they dutifully go to the expected outlets, like MTVs "Total Request Live." But Bruce Springsteen is no ordinary pop star. He's a cultural institution, and it seemed...
The Boss Is Back: Magic
WHEN MOST POP STARS have an album to promote, they dutifully go to the expected outlets, like MTV's "Total Request Live." But Bruce Springsteen is no ordinary pop star. He's a cultural institution, and it seemed natural that promotion for his new chart-topping...
The Creativity Conceit
America will always be number one, won't it?TOKYO-Almost everything the Apple computer company sells these days comes with this memorable statement of origin: "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China." The implication is obvious: a few brilliantly...
The Creativity Conceit: America Will Always Be Number One, Won't It?
TOKYO -- Almost everything the Apple computer company sells these days comes with this memorable statement of origin: "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China." The implication is obvious: a few brilliantly creative, latte-quaffing, hybrid-driving...
The Myth of the Oil Weapon
Our foreign-policy establishment believes the U.S. must intervene to keep oil flowing from the Mideast. In reality, all America needs to do is demand it.[peaceful pipeline]IN A RECENT INTERVIEW with Charlie Rose to drum up publicity for his book, The...
The Myth of the Oil Weapon: Our Foreign-Policy Establishment Believes the U.S. Must Intervene to Keep Oil Flowing from the Mideast. in Reality, All America Needs to Do Is Demand It
IN A RECENT INTERVIEW with Charlie Rose to drum up publicity for his book, The Age of Turbulence, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan argued that the reason to make war on Iraq was that an unchecked Saddam Hussein would have threatened the...
There's Something about Barry
Goldwater has many claimants to his legacy, but most lack his rebellious spirit.IN THE YEARS LEADING up to Barry Goldwater's death, conservatives wondered what had happened to their hero. They had wondered for some time, actually-since at least 1976,...
There's Something about Barry: Goldwater Has Many Claimants to His Legacy, but Most Lack His Rebellious Spirit
IN THE YEARS LEADING up to Barry Goldwater's death, conservatives wondered what had happened to their hero. They had wondered for some time, actually --since at least 1976, when Goldwater endorsed moderate incumbent Gerald Ford over insurgent conservative...
We Have Ways
The Bush administration continues to disavow torture-and to officialize its practice.ON OCT. 4, the New York Times blew another ten-foot hole in the Bush administration's torture cover-up. The Times revealed that the Justice Department produced a secret...
We Have Ways ... the Bush Administration Continues to Disavow Torture-And to Officialize Its Practice
ON OCT. 4 , the New York Times blew another ten-foot hole in the Bush administration's torture cover-up. The Times revealed that the Justice Department produced a secret legal opinion in early 2005 permitting CIA interrogators to use "combined effects"...