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. 8, April 23

Algeria, the Model
Fifty years ago, another Western power fought "Islamofascism"-then walked away.WHEN CONTEMPLATING IRAQ, Americans look into a murky crystal ball. History naturally presents itself as a tool to clarify the choices and possibilities that lie before us....
A Poodle Shall Lead Him
Much as the British PM is derided as the U.S. president's pet, Blair popularized his "ethical foreign policy" long before Bush fell under the neocon spell.LONDON-On both sides of the Atlantic, it has become fashionable to refer to British Prime Minister...
Deep Background
The existential "axis off evil" threat from North Korea has turned out to be no threat at all. After evaluation of all the intelligence collection data obtained over the past five years, Department of Energy analysts have concluded that North Korea has...
Executive Privilege or Power Grab?
Don't Give up RoveBy Patrick J. BuchananIf the Senate Judiciary Committee issues a subpoena for Karl Rove to testify to his role in the firing of the eight U.S. attorneys, President Bush should defy the subpoena, accept the contempt citation, and fight...
Forum
BAUER'S NO BUSHIEIf 24 is a favorite show of the neocons ("What Would Jack Bauer Do?" March 12), one can only wonder why. While the nuclear bomb that detonated in California on the show is undoubtedly a neocon dream, the show seems less than complimentary...
La Belle France
"Last Chance For France" cries the London Spectator in a cover story, which means that tout va bien in the land of cheese. The Anglo-Saxons have been predicting the end of France since time immemorial, but if I were a Brit I'd worry more about what is...
Land of the Free
Private solutions propel the conservation boom.WILL ROGERS reportedly said, "Buy land. They ain't makin' any more of the stuff." This has long been sound advice for making money. Of late, it has also become a call for the conservation of nature and its...
Making Much of Thomas Hardy's Well-Beloved
Making Much of Thomas Hardy's Well-Beloved [Thomas Hardy, Claire Tomalin, Penguin, 486 pages]THE POSTHUMOUS reputation of the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) has continued to grow since his death almost 80 years ago. Nowadays, the...
Old Pacts & New Realities
Old Pacts & New Realities [The End of Alliances, Rajan Menon, Oxford University Press, 272 pages]THE PUBLIC IS FOCUSED on Iran and Iraq, but in his new book, Rajan Menon looks beyond today's crises to argue that the U.S. "is in the early stages of...
Portrait of the Artist
BOOKS Portrait of the Artist [A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005, Annie Leibovitz, Random House, 472 pages]ANNIE LEIBOVITZ is almost as famous as the celebrities she displays: her name inevitably conjures up countless iconic images created over a 37-year...
Reality Cinema
Reality CinemaSoldiers armed with cameras make gritty, if conflicted, auteurs.The popular D.C. rock club, the Black Cat, is a place young Washingtonians go to forget about politics. Among indie-rock aficionados, it is known for introducing alternative...
The Howard Hughes He Never Knew
FILM[The Hoax]The Howard Hughes He Never KnewIN THE 1970s, billionaire Howard Hughes's name was as omnipresent as Donald Trump's is today, even though the paranoid recluse was never seen. Since then, Hollywood has treated Hughes's legend well, with Martin...
The War Party
Support for George W. Bush's foreign policy now defines the GOP.LITMUS TESTS MUST GO. That is the rallying cry of those who believe Republicans should drop their insistence that the party's 2008 presidential candidate toe the Une on taxes, abortion,...
Tuning out Free Speech
Mandating broadcast balance makes a casualty of the First Amendment.IN THE NAME of liberating speech and promoting what he calls the "uninhibited marketplace of ideas," Congressman Dennis Kucinich may be ready to revive a rule with a long record of stifling...
Working for the Clampdown
What might the president do with his new power to declare martial law?HOW MANY PIPE BOMBS might it take to end American democracy? Far fewer than it would have taken a year ago.The Defense Authorization Act of 2006, passed on Sept. 30, empowers President...