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. 20, October 22

Ahmadinejad's Transfer Credits
Rarely has such an irrelevant foreign politician generated so many headlines. And Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would never have received all the attention he did during his visit to New York, where he was invited to speak at Columbia University,...
Bipolar Disorder
In Britain, the two parties have converged into one self-interested class.OXFORD-In a classic episode of the 1970s comedy series "Fawlty Towers," hotelier Basil Fawlty has to hastily improvise a menu for his guests, as the only meat on the premises is...
Bipolar Disorder: In Britain, the Two Parties Have Converged into One Self-Interested Class
OXFORD -- In a classic episode of the 1970s comedy series "Fawlty Towers," hotelier Basil Fawlty has to hastily improvise a menu for his guests, as the only meat on the premises is duck. Colonel Hall: Duck with orange; duck with cherries; duck surprise....
Brown-Eyed Girl
Oh, the hope-draining, soul-crushing tiresomeness of it. I find in Psychology Today a piece called "Ten Politically Incorrect Truths about Human Nature," explaining various aspects of behavior in Darwinian terms. The smugness of that "politically incorrect"...
Forum
AGAINST THE MACHINEI just read with interest "Mutiny in the Valley" by Michael Brendan Dougherty (Oct. 8).I, too, decided to get involved in the local races in Putnam County and ran against an incumbent for a legislative seat in the 5th District. My...
Ideology Arms Itself
Ideology Arms Itself [The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, David A. Bell, Houghton Mifflin, 432 pages]DURING A BUDGET DEBATE in February 1792, William Pitt the Younger informed the House of Commons that never...
It Takes an Agenda
Conservatives cannot live by Hillary-hate alone.IT'S A BALMY, beer-drinking evening in the middle of August, and the conservatives trickling in to a meeting of the Robert A. Taft Club can't enjoy it. They're mostly under-30 Washington professionals,...
It Takes an Agenda: Conservatives Cannot Live by Hillary-Hate Alone
IT'S A BALMY, beer-drinking evening in the middle of August, and the conservatives trickling in to a meeting of the Robert A. Taft Club can't enjoy it. They're mostly under-30 Washington professionals, and they're fed up with the Republican Party....
Machiavellians in the Mideast
Machiavellians in the Mideast [Treacherous Alliance: The secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the U.S., Trita Parsi, Vale University Press, 361 pages]AT A TIME WHEN Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declares, "the regime occupying Qods [Jerusalem]...
Malaise on the Right
The New York Times report that social conservatives are talking of bolting to a third-party candidate, should Rudy Giuliani get the GOP nomination, is another sign of the disintegrating Reagan coalition. In truth, that coalition--the 49 states and...
Morningside in America
Don't bother us with war; we're protesting homophobia.NEW YORK, N.Y.-"It's him!" shouted one pedestrian, pointing at the video screens in the FoxNews truck, "The Iranian dude!"That dude was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, the subject of screaming...
Morningside in America: Don't Bother Us with War; We're Protesting Homophobia
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- "It's him!" shouted one pedestrian, pointing at the video screens in the FoxNews truck, "The Iranian dude!" That dude was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, the subject of screaming headlines in New York's tabloids ("The...
Overkill in the Wild West
[The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford] WHILE HOLLYWOOD is routinely scorned as a haven for illiterates, the modern movie industry's clean little secret is its inordinate veneration of writers. Increasingly, screenwriters are...
Phantoms over Syria
Eveything Israel wants you to know about its secret airstrikeON SEPT. 6, Israeli F-15s and F-16s attacked a site near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria, though the strike wasn't confirmed for nearly two weeks. The Washington Post reported on Sept. 13 that...
Phantoms over Syria: Eveything Israel Wants You to Know about Its Secret Airstrike
ON SEPT. 6, Israeli F-15s and F-16s attacked a site near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria, though the strike wasn't confirmed for nearly two weeks. The Washington Post reported on Sept. 13 that according to a former Israeli official, "it was an attack...
Rudy Bombs in London
America's mayor poses as the heir to Churchill and Thatcher.LAST MONTH, Rudy Giuliani traveled to London to establish his bona fides as an international statesman. A Downing Street chat with Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accompanied by meetings with...
Rudy Bombs in London: America's Mayor Poses as the Heir to Churchill and Thatcher
LAST MONTH, Rudy Giuliani traveled to London to establish his bona fides as an international statesman. A Downing Street chat with Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accompanied by meetings with Tony Blair and Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Celia...
Superpower Trip
Plagued by narcissism and impatience, U.S. foreign policy betrays all of the symptoms of Criminal Thinking.OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER recently printed comments from our esteemed senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Responding to General Petraeus's report, both...
Superpower Trip: Plagued by Narcissism and Impatience, U.S. Foreign Policy Betrays All of the Symptoms of Criminal Thinking
OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER recently printed comments from our esteemed senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Responding to General Petraeus's report, both roundly denounced the hapless Iraqi government for, as Max put it, "failing to do what they need to do...
The Mystery of Minot
Loose nukes and a cluster of dead airmen raise troubling questions.THE UNAUTHORIZED Aug. 29 cross-country flight of a B-52H Stratofortress armed with six nuclear-tipped AGM-29 Advanced Cruise missiles, which saw these 150-kiloton warheads go missing...
The Mystery of Minot: Loose Nukes and a Cluster of Dead Airmen Raise Troubling Questions
THE UNAUTHORIZED Aug. 29 cross-country flight of a B-52H Stratofortress armed with six nuclear-tipped AGM-29 Advanced Cruise missiles, which saw these 150-kiloton warheads go missing for 36 hours, has all the elements of two Hollywood movies. One would...
The Unquiet Graham Greene
President Bush's invocation of Alden Pyle reveals his dangerous naïveté.THERE WAS SOMETHING bizarre, indeed something almost surreal, about George W. Bush's recent reference to Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American in his speech to the National Convention...
The Unquiet Graham Greene: President Bush's Invocation of Alden Pyle Reveals His Dangerous Naivete
THERE WAS SOMETHING bizarre, indeed something almost surreal, about George W. Bush's recent reference to Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American in his speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Attempting to draw a parallel...
Two Knights and a Dragon
Two Knights and a Dragon [The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 496 pages]THERE ARE books that change people's consciousness and change history. Some tell a story, like Harriet Beecher...