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. 17, September 11

Can We Win Their Civil War?
[IRAQ]Almost forgotten in the midst of the turmoil of the Lebanon war and the London airliner scare is the ongoing mess in Iraq. Earlier this month the Pentagon's top Iraq generals laid out the bad news before the Senate Armed Services Committee: Iraq...
Deep Background
The United States might be helping cover up Israeli war crimes in Lebanon. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton's blocking of a UN Security Council Resolution that would have condemned Israel's July 25 killing of four unarmed United Nations observers occurred...
Excessive-Or Not Enough?
The noted Israeli historian contemplates his country's reluctance to unleash the full might of its arsenal.FROM NEW YORK, from London, from Paris, from a dozen others places, people denounce Israel for using "excessive" force in Lebanon.Israel's relations...
False Prophets
Being a foreign-policy pundit means never having to say you're sorry.ON MAY 16, 2006, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting released a tongue-in-cheek report that triggered wide ridicule in the blogosphere. The report ribbed New York Times columnist (and...
Fascists under the Bed
"President Likens Dewey to Hitler as Fascist Tool." So ran the New York Times headline, Oct. 26, 1948, after what Dewey biographer Richard Norton Smith called a "particularly vitriolic attack in Chicago" by Harry Truman.What brings this to mind is President...
Fifteen Candles
Fifteen Candles[Quinceañera]THE MASSIVE May Day marches by illegal immigrants appear to have made film critics finally notice that the American entertainment industry has largely ignored the 28 million people of Mexican origin in this country. In compensation,...
Navigating the Age of Revolution
Navigating the Age of Revolution [A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783-1846, Boyd Hilton, Oxford University Press, 757 pages] Navigating the Age of RevolutionREVOLUTION AND WAR have defined the experience of most European countries from the...
Not So Clean Break
Israel bombed southern Lebanon on July 12 in response to the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah fighters. But the Israelis were said to have planned a military campaign weeks before the soldiers were kidnapped. According to Dr. John Pike, head...
Private Vices, Public Benefits
Private Vices, Public Benefits [In Defense of Hypocrisy: Picking Sides in the War on Virtue, Jeremy Lott, Nelson Current, 193 pages]IN 1714, the Dutch-bom, London-based pamphleteer and economic thinker Bernard de Mandeville stirred a scandal with his...
Slow Learners
Five years into the war on terror, Washington is no wiser.Several weeks ago, New York Times columnist David Brooks, citing as authority an unnamed administration source, tried to put the threat from alQaeda into perspective. Compared to the dangers posed...
State in War
The cycle of violence continues. No one wins.HAIFA, ISRAEL-There are three potential positions on a war. You can be for a war, against a war, or in a war. When in a war the arguments for and against are superfluous, importance having been reduced to...
Suicide of Brewster
James Burnham doesn't eat here anymore."WINNER GETS TO STAY in the country," I announced as I tossed them the basketball. My teammate, Justin, rolled his eyes. Dougherty, that's offensive. Then he laughed. But they don't understand a word. The only thing...
The Enemy of My Enemy
The U.S.-Israeli fixation on Hezbollah and Hamas undermines our pursuit of al-Qaeda.FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, the primary bulwarks against the spread of al-Qaeda's brand of Salafi Islamism into Lebanon and the Palestinian territories have been Hezbollah...
The Ghost of Suez
Fifty years on, America risks repeating Britain and France's imperial folly.THE SUEZ CRISIS OF 1956 has faded in historical memory for most Americans. What happened, and why, is often confused by the later Cold War rivalry in the Middle East. The episode...
The Islamic Way of War
Muslims have stopped fighting on Western terms-and have started winning.IN IRAQ, the world's only superpower finds itself mired in a conflict that it cannot win. History's mightiest military has been unable to defeat an enemy force of perhaps 20,000...
War on Toothpaste
[TERROR]Thank God for British intelligence, able to foil a horrendous plot that could have blown up several commercial airliners and killed thousands. Their success underscores a point lost on the American administration: effective law enforcement, not...
War & Peace Parties
Joe Lieberman's loss reveals the growing partisan divide over Iraq.UNLIKE MANY IDEOLOGICALLY outof-step politicians, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman didn't change parties. The two parties changed their take on him. After losing to antiwar Democrat...