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. 7, No. 15, July 28

British and American Intelligence Have Concluded That Rogue Elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Were Behind the June 7 Attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul That Killed 41 People and Injured 140
British and American intelligence have concluded that rogue elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence were behind the June 7 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed 41 people and injured 140. If that assessment is correct, it would...
Catholics without Borders
The Church struggles to balance national sovereignty and Christian charity.AT THE PHILADELPHIA Convention for the Common Good, a gathering of Catholics committed to "social justice," Sister Kathleen Erikson testified about the changes she's witnessed...
Catholics without Borders: The Church Struggles to Balance National Sovereignty and Christian Charity
AT THE PHILADELPHIA Convention for the Common Good, a gathering of Catholics committed to "social justice," Sister Kathleen Erikson testified about the changes she's witnessed at the U.S. border at Anthony, New Mexico. "Fifteen years ago, border agents...
Deep Background
British and American intelligence have concluded that rogue elements in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence were behind the June 7 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed 41 people and injured 140. If that assessment is correct, it would...
Free Falling
Last time President Bush's delusions were permitted to dictate policy, we set out to democratize the Middle East at gunpoint. Now he's turned to fiscal matters and is convinced that we can stimulate, drill, or perhaps just smile our way out of a thicket...
Free Falling
[ECONOMY]Last time President Bush's delusions were permitted to dictate policy, we set out to democratize the Middle East at gunpoint. Now he's turned to fiscal matters and is convinced that we can stimulate, drill, or perhaps just smile our way out...
Going off the Rawls
Libertarians have adopted the Left's favorite modern philosopher, but that doesn't make him right.WRITING IN THE Times Literary Supplement, the British philosopher Jonathan Wolff recently observed that while there might be a dispute about the second...
Going off the Rawls: Libertarians Have Adopted the Left's Favorite Modern Philosopher, but That Doesn't Make Him Right
WRITING IN THE Times Literary Supplement, the British philosopher Jonathan Wolff recently observed that while there might be a dispute about the second most important political philosopher of the 20th century, there could be no dispute about the most...
Losing Afghanistan
[graveyard of empires]Prolonging this good war may be worse than persisting in the bad one in Iraq.F. SCOTT FITZGERALD observed, The test of a flrst-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain...
Losing Afghanistan: Prolonging This Good War May Be Worse Than Persisting in the Bad One in Iraq
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD observed, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." From that perspective, some of the proud members of Washington's reality-based...
Modem Operandi
I wonder whether a sort of totalitarianism, or something readily convertible to it, isn't the natural end point of advanced nations. Technology may make it inevitable.A popular illusion is that we use technology to serve our ends. In fact, we seem to...
Modem Operandi: I Wonder Whether a Sort of Totalitarianism, or Something Readily Convertible to It, Isn't the Natural End Point of Advanced Nations. Technology May Make It Inevitable
A popular illusion is that we use technology to serve our ends. In fact, we seem to follow it to ends inherent in the technology. It has a will of its own. For example, the automobile once invented made a dense network of roads inevitable, which...
Potemkin Missiles
Earlier this month, the front pages of the world press blossomed with photos of four Iranian rockets, fired in salvo, heading skyward.The image was powerful and the message reinforced by the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Should Israel attack...
Potemkin Missiles: Earlier This Month, the Front Pages of the World Press Blossomed with Photos of Four Iranian Rockets, Fired in Salvo, Heading Skyward
The image was powerful and the message reinforced by the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Should Israel attack Iran, said Ali Shira, Tel Aviv will be "set on fire." U.S. reaction was swift and bristling. "Rice Says U.S. Will Defend Gulf,"...
Power Failure
The energy crunch emerges as the 21st century's top national-security issue.ON MAY 2, 2008, Goldman Sachs finally called it: the super-spike endgame in oil has begun. The price per barrel of crude could reach $200 in the next six to 24 months, with continued...
Power Failure: The Energy Crunch Emerges as the 21st Century's Top National-Security Issue
ON MAY 2, 2008, Goldman Sachs finally called it: the super-spike endgame in oil has begun. The price per barrel of crude could reach $200 in the next six to 24 months, with continued extreme volatility. The report confirmed what the U.S. Department...
The Gropes of Roth
PARADOXICALLY BUT PROFITABLY, Hollywood assumed that America's youth wanted to spend May and June, the two months of the year with the nicest weather, inside watching blockbuster movies. Now that the dog days of summer are here, the big movies are...
The Man from Hyde Park
On the eve of Independence Day, Barack Obama signaled that he was altering aspects of his position on the war in Iraq. The Democratic nominee had previously promised a firm 16-month timetable for withdrawal. But addressing reporters in Fargo, North...
The Right Democrat
South Carolina Senate candidate Bob Conley is more conservative than his GOP foe.ON JUNE 11, "The Morning Buzz" radio show on WTMA1250 AM in Charleston, South Carolina was bombarded with phone calls from listeners railing against Sen. Lindsey Graham,...
The Right Democrat: South Carolina Senate Candidate Bob Conley Is More Conservative Than His GOP Foe
ON JUNE 11, "The Morning Buzz" radio show on WTMA 1250 AM in Charleston, South Carolina was bombarded with phone calls from listeners railing against Sen. Lindsey Graham, who the day before had secured the GOP nomination. Not a single pro-Graham call...
These Colors Run
At the 1908 London Olympics, the Irish American Athletic Club brought home gold for the red, white, and blue.MOST FANS of the Olympics Games recall that the United States boycotted the quadrennial event in 1980 as a protest against the Soviet invasion...
These Colors Run: At the 1908 London Olympics, the Irish American Athletic Club Brought Home Gold for the Red, White, and Blue
MOST FANS of the Olympics Games recall that the United States boycotted the quadrennial event in 1980 as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Many may still remember that black sprinters Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised gloved fists...
Uncle Sam's Blacklist
Ted Kennedy may be a threat to Americans' liberties, but he is not technically a terrorist. That might come as news to the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, which included him--or someone with the same name--on its no-fly watch list. Senators have...
Uncle Sam's Blacklist
[RIGHTS]Ted Kennedy may be a threat to Americans' liberties, but he is not technically a terrorist. That might come as news to the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, which included him-or someone with the same name-on its no-fly watch list.Senators have...