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. 17, September 8

A New Musharraf in Town
As America's vassal general steps down, Pakistan faces an uncertain future.MOST PAKISTANIS hailed the Aug. 18 resignation of the nation's widely despised president and former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf. But his long-expected departure comes...
A New Musharraf in Town: As America's Vassal General Steps Down, Pakistan Faces an Uncertain Future
MOST PAKISTANIS hailed the Aug. 18 resignation of the nation's widely despised president and former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf. But his long-expected departure comes as Pakistan plunges ever deeper into political uncertainty and rising violence....
Appetite for Destruction
Never have so many shoppers owed so much ...NO LESS THAN IN 1776, a passion for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness remains at the center of America's civic theology. The Jeffersonian trinity summarizes our common inheritance, defines our aspirations,...
Appetite for Destruction: Never Have So Many Shoppers Owed So Much
NO LESS THAN IN 1776, a passion for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness remains at the center of America's civic theology. The Jeffersonian trinity summarizes our common inheritance, defines our aspirations, and provides the touchstone for...
Back in the USSR
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, Belarus has yet to warm to democratic capitalism-for good and ill.I STILL REMEMBER the first time I passed through the fence that once separated our world from the other one, a somnolent spring afternoon on...
Back in the USSR: Two Decades after the End of the Cold War, Belarus Has Yet to Warm to Democratic Capitalism-For Good and Ill
I STILL REMEMBER the first time I passed through the fence that once separated our world from the other one, a somnolent spring afternoon on the border between what were then West Germany and Czechoslovakia. Until that day, I never knew how mixed my...
Biden Time
Obama finds his Dick Cheney.THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY didn't set out to hand its nomination to the least experienced major presidential candidate. But if Democrats wanted a nominee who stood from the beginning with the majority of their voters against the...
Biden Time: Obama Finds His Dick Cheney
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY didn't set out to hand its nomination to the least experienced major presidential candidate. But if Democrats wanted a nominee who stood from the beginning with the majority of their voters against the invasion of Iraq--and they...
Day by the Pool
My poolside reading in Tuscany this summer was not Life With My Sister Madonna or Obama Nation or even Andrew Bacevich's The Limits of Power (though I packed it), but, alliteratively, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. The pool, incidentally,...
Deep Background
The fighting between Georgia and Russia is yet another U.S. foreign-policy disaster in which Washington might have encouraged a war where there was no conceivable American interest. It is also, by all accounts, the latest major intelligence failure....
General Principles
[pulling rank]While other top brass played press agents for the administration's war, William Odom told the truth about Iraq-though few listened.MUCH AS THE CAPITAL loves ceremony, Washington won't pause on Sept. 8 when Lt. Gen. William Odom is laid...
General Principles: While Other Top Brass Played Press Agents for the Administration's War, William Odom Told the Truth about Iraq-Though Few Listened
MUCH AS THE CAPITAL loves ceremony, Washington won't pause on Sept. 8 when Lt. Gen. William Odom is laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery. While he is worthy of his laurels, he did not court the favor of the Beltway political class. Instead, he disdained...
It's All Georgian to Me
When Joe Lieberman (ex-D, Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (RINO, S.C.) team up to write an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the results can't exactly be called bipartisan. After all, both senators are card-carrying members of the McCain Party--whichever...
It's All Georgian to Me
[POLITICS]When Joe lieberman (ex-D, Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (RINO, S.C.) team up to write an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the results can't exactly be called bipartisan. After all, both senators are card-carrying members of the McCain Party-whichever...
Left Behind
The Aug. 16 forum at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church confirmed the role religion plays in the 2008 campaign: both major candidates felt compelled to appear at the megachurch to answer uncomfortable questions. The event also served as a timely reminder...
Radical Chic
Why liberals love TibetWHENEVER A PROTESTER wins the fulsome praise of politicians, the media, and especially the radical's own mother and father, I get suspicious.In 1993, as an angry 19-year-old, I marched against police racism in East London, coming...
Radical Chic: Why Liberals Love Tibet
WHENEVER A PROTESTER wins the fulsome praise of politicians, the media, and especially the radical's own mother and father, I get suspicious. In 1993, as an angry 19-year-old, I marched against police racism in East London, coming nose-to-nose with...
Stalin's Willing Executioners
IT OFTEN SEEMS as if humanity's seven-decade struggle with Communism has disappeared down the memory hole. While Nazis in glistening black leather remain our culture's omnipresent exemplars of evil, Communists are apparently too dowdy to bother remembering....
The Asquith Analogy
Georgia is the new Belgium.THE ABORTIVE WAR over South Ossetia and Abkhazia has inspired a surge of historical analogies. According to overwrought commentators like Roger Kimball of The New Criterion, "August 8 was the date when Russia began reassembling...
The Asquith Analogy: Georgia Is the New Belgium
THE ABORTIVE WAR over South Ossetia and Abkhazia has inspired a surge of historical analogies. According to overwrought commentators like Roger Kimball of The New Criterion, "August 8 was the date when Russia began reassembling the former Soviet empire...
Unpatriotic Conservative
Who is Randy Scheunemann? He is the principal foreign-policy adviser to John McCain and potential successor to Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski as national security adviser to the president of the United States. But Randy Scheunemann has...