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. 7, April 1

An October Surprise?
President Bush says Iranians are behind the more lethal IEDs, the roadside bombs killing our troops in Iraq. Rumsfeld warns the Iranian Revolutionary Guard may now be in Iraq. Cheney says Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. McCain says,...
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California Dreamin'
[Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003, Kevin Starr, Alfred A. Knopf, 765 pages] California Dreamin'KEVIN STARR has an encyclopedic knowledge of California history and a novelist's gift for writing. He uses both to advantage in Coast of...
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Deep Background
Many Washington insiders regard the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the worst legacies of the Bush administration. Big government at its most excruciating, DHS is hugely expensive, overstaffed, and dysfunctional. It has...
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Downhill in Iraq
If I told you I was skiing with a friend up in the Swiss Alps last week, and my friend had been skiing in Iraq two days before that, you'd probably think I'd been smoking exotic cheroots. But you'd be wrong. Peter Galbraith is the son of Ken Galbraith,...
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Forum
MISTAKEN IDENTITYI could not help but comment upon your craven and duplicitous cover (March 27), apparently bashing Sen. Hillary Clinton for being too supportive of the war in Iraq.Now, I already knew I was strongly to the left of Hillary Clinton-but...
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How to Handle Hamas
The Holy Land needs a more modest peace plan. Think Cyprus.GOOGLE "respected pollster" and "Palestinian" and you'll get quite a few hits leading to Khalil Shikaki, who is described as "the most respected Palestinian pollster." This view is shared by...
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Iran: The Logic of Deterrence
[one war at a time]Tehran's quest for nuclear weapons is a rational response to a real threat, which makes diplomacy a more prudent option than regime change.AT THIS WRITING it is not known if the United Nations, when it receives the report of the International...
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Let Me Shine Your Shoes, Sir
BOOKS [Rebel-in-Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush, Fred Bornes, Crown Forum, 224 pages] Let Me Shine Your Shoes, SirTHE BIGGEST QUESTION raised by Fred Barnes's Rebel-in-Chief is whether the author's embarrassment...
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Lighting Up the Screen
FILM[Thank You for Smoking]Lighting Up the ScreenAS THE AVERAGE American ages, public interest in music and film declines while the obsession with politics grows. Baby boomers, who spent the 1960s arguing over the Beatles vs. the Stones and then the...
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Madness of Crowds
Rampant Republican partisanship equates criticism of President Bush with liberalism.KENNETH TOMLINSON, the Bush-appointed chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, long argued that public broadcasting is saddled with a severe liberal bias....
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Minding Our Manners
Egalitarianism's assault on class aims to make us all equally rude.MY PARENTS HAD conflicting views about the nature and origin of good manners. My father took the Romantic view that they were the expression of man's natural goodness of heart and that...
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Red-Ink Rebellion
House conservatives turn against their party's spending.THERE IS A FORMULA for rallies on Capitol Hill: political activists demand the expansion of their favorite federal programs while being addressed by members of Congress who boast of their eagerness...
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Remember Kosovo?
Nation-building enthusiasts would rather forget.THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION is busy attempting to deal with its many foreign-policy successes-incipient civil war in Iraq, the democratic emergence of Hamas and Hezbollah, and the chaotic election in Haiti....
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Rachmaninoff
[Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings, Max Harrison, Continuum International Publishing Group, 422 pages] Rhapsody on a Theme of RachmaninoffBORN 1873, DIED 1943, reborn circa 1975. This is as neat a précis of Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff s existence...
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Second Thoughts
[IDEAS]In what may constitute significant defections from the warmongering intellectuals camp, Robert Kaplan and Christopher Kitchens have recently published very wise short pieces. Both are talented writers with considerable followings, and if it may...
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What Victory Lost
Where would America be if we hadn't invaded Iraq?PRESIDENT BUSH has enunciated an ambitious standard for success in Iraq, albeit a much more modest one than his original vision of a democratic transformation of the entire Middle East. However, even if...
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