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. 13, July 3

A Tale of Two Tyrants
A Tale of Two Tyrants[June 1941: Hitler and Stalin, John Lukacs, Yale, 169 pages]THOSE WHO ARE FAMILIAR with John Lukacs's work know that no historical figure, not even Winston Churchill, has claimed more of his attention than Adolf Hitler. Of course,...
Bleeding-Heart Libertarian
Charles Murray wants to give you $10,000.ONCE A DECADE, Charles Murray publishes a massive data-driven volume such as Losing Ground (1984), The Bell Curve (1994), and Human Achievement (2003). In between, he pens smaller, more philosophical books such...
Border Bargaining
The House must decide whether to block amnesty or split the difference with the Senate.IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG for the Senate's sweeping immigration program to face its first hurdle in the House of Representatives. The problem was process, not policy: the...
Compensating with a Yacht
As everyone who has ever been on the French Riviera knows, the bigger and more polluting the yacht, the shorter, more vulgar, and greedier the owner. Last month, I went to the Cannes film festival on my boat, and before anyone cries foul, my yacht may...
Deep Background
Israel, which carefully avoided public displays of aggressive advocacy of war against Iraq, is being considerably less circumspect about Iran. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's May 25 address before Congress received no fewer than 18 standing ovations. Olmert...
Divided & Conquered
[tear down this wall]A visit to Syria, Israel, and Palestine reveals the barriers-physical as well as political-to Mideast peace.OFFICIALLY, WE WERE a delegation from Churches for Middle East Peace, a noble but desperately underfunded Washington group...
Forum
NO HATE HEREDear Mr. Buchanan,I've always enjoyed reading your articles because you are a fair man. Please, in the future, do not use the words "Why They Hate Us" because it is not true that we all hate the American people! Yes, we dislike your administration...
Getting the Left into Fighting Shape
Getting the Left Into Fighting Shape [The Good Fight: Why Liberals-and Only Liberals-Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, Peter Beinart, HarperCollins, 288 pages]THIS BOOK HAS the wrong subtitle. Readers of the The Good Fight: Why...
Losing Liberties Left and Right
The Republican embrace of Big Government makes strange bedfellows.THE RIGHT HAS BECOME dangerous terrain for dissent. While President Bush and the Republican Congress were busy burying the traditional conservative agenda, neoconservatives created a political...
Monumental Mistakes
When honoring the dead, less is often more.A COUPLE OF MILES from my house in Vermont, up a deeply rutted forest road, over a stream, through a thicket of blackberry bushes, and up a pathless hillside, stands a marble obelisk. It is the gravestone for...
Nation Breaking
A soldier discovers that training the Iraqi army is not President Bush's priority.I DIDN'T GROW UP with dreams of spreading democracy. I was an all-American kid from a small southern town who went to college on a baseball scholarship and joined the National...
Outsider Intellectual
Outsider Intellectual [Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography, David S. Brown, University of Chicago Press, 291 pages]DAVID BROWN'S study of Richard Hofstadter (1916-70), the Columbia University historian and the author of the still popular American...
The Mild, Mild Midwest
FILM[A Prairie Home Companion]The Mild, Mild MidwestNOVELIST DOUGLAS COUPLAND once speculated about the existence of a Sheraton enzyme that kicks in at age 28 so that travelers can no longer imagine sleeping on friends' floors.Similarly, there may be...
Time for an "Agonizing Reappraisal"
Gazing across what Zbigniew Brzezinski once called the "arc of crisis," U.S. foreign policy appears to be disintegrating.On the Horn of Africa, Islamic warriors have seized Mogadishu. The warlords, our allies, are on the run. In Islamist Sudan, the Darfur...
Unfinished Business
Defeat in Iraq is a humiliation, but failure in Afghanistan produces a real threat.KABUL, AFGHANISTAN-When I arrived in Afghanistan a month ago, people were relaxed, optimism was in the air. Now Kabul has a nightly curfew, and military aircraft, are...
Where the Buck Stops
[WAR]The last weeks have seen a flurry of reports of war crimes by American troops in Iraq. It now seems likely that last November U.S. Marines, in the aftermath of an IED attack on a convoy, went on a rampage in the town of Haditha, killing two dozen...