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. 7, April 7

Bush's Black List
ON READING George W. Bush's discourse to the New York Economic Club last week, Cicero's insight came to mind: "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." With the Iraq War entering its sixth year, the dollar...
Deep Background
Israel is the only country in the world that has a policy of "directed assassinations" of its enemies and U.S. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is apparently prepared to go along with Tel Aviv's efforts to conceal that activity. Israel...
Dixiecrats' Revenge
How women co-opted the civil-rights movementBLACK MEN cross swords with white feminists at their peril. That's the hard lesson Barack Obama has learned over the last three months.In Iowa, Senator Obama claimed the support of 35 percent of Democratic...
Dixiecrats' Revenge: How Women Co-Opted the Civil-Rights Movement
BLACK MEN cross swords with white feminists at their peril. That's the hard lesson Barack Obama has learned over the last three months. In Iowa, Senator Obama claimed the support of 35 percent of Democratic female caucus-goers, compared to 30 percent...
East Side Story
[Under the Same Moon] THE ONCE LIVELY Mexican film industry stagnated after it was nationalized in the late 1950s but revived in the 1990s with the loosening of the government's velvet stranglehold on the arts. Last year three art-house films by...
Fallon Gong
The relentless campaign to bring down a realist"IF, IN THE DYING LIGHT of the Bush administration, we go to war with Iran, it'll all come down to one man," the April issue of Esquire argued. "He is the rarest of creatures in the Bush universe: the good...
Fallon Gong: The Relentless Campaign to Bring Down a Realist
"IF, IN THE DYING LIGHT of the Bush administration, we go to war with Iran, it'll all come down to one man," the April issue of Esquire argued. "He is the rarest of creatures in the Bush universe: the good cop on Iran, and a man of strategic brilliance."...
How I Found Allah and Quit the Jihad
[The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left, Ed Husain, Penguin, 304 pages] ED HUSAIN--the Ed is short for Mohammed, not Edward--was born in Britain to Muslim parents from the Indian subcontinent and raised...
Made in Manhattan
[The New York Intellectuals Reader, Neil Jumonville, ed., Routledge, 456 pages] The New York Intellectuals Reader is a sequel of sorts to editor Neil Jumonville's earlier work Critical Crossroads, which dealt with some of the same figures of the...
Obama's Mr. Wright
He ain't heavy, he's my brother.MILLIONS OF WORDS have been devoted to Barack Obama and his "post-racial" and "post-partisan" presidential campaign. As a candidate whose policy platform is almost identical to Hillary Clinton's, Senator Obama has been...
Obama's Mr. Wright: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
MILLIONS OF WORDS have been devoted to Barack Obama and his "post-racial" and "post-partisan" presidential campaign. As a candidate whose policy platform is almost identical to Hillary Clinton's, Senator Obama has been running largely on the charisma...
Papering over the Problem
[brother, can you spare a billion?]Killing the dollar to save Bear StearnsAS THE NEWS BROKE on March 14 that the Federal Reserve would backstop the rescue of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase, it's unlikely that many of the drivers paving record-high prices...
Papering over the Problem: Killing the Dollar to Save Bear Stearns
AS THE NEWS BROKE on March 14 that the Federal Reserve would backstop the rescue of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase, it's unlikely that many of the drivers paying record-high prices at the gas stations off the West Side Highway thought to glance toward...
Pushing Latin America Left
South America briefly seemed primed to explode in early March with the escalation of an international incident between Colombia and its neighbors, Venezuela and Ecuador. The episode was the result of a strike inside Ecuador's territory by the Colombian...
Red State
[depression medicine]Forget campaign promises. The next president will face a stack of unpaid bills.IMAGINE THREE well-dressed people on a sidewalk: a white-haired man in his early 70s, a woman in a pantsuit with the tails of her jacket splitting over...
Red State: Forget Campaign Promises. the Next President Will Face a Stack of Unpaid Bills
IMAGINE THREE well-dressed people on a sidewalk: a white-haired man in his early 70s, a woman in a pantsuit with the tails of her jacket splitting over a protuberant behind, and a young, spaghetti-thin African-American man. They are absorbed in a dispute,...
Slaves to Fashion
A colorblind society may be an impossible dream. The biggest obstacle isn't racism but the class of professional anti-racists, whose latest occasion for grievance is the cover of Vogue. Basketball superstar LeBron James became the first black man (and...
Slaves to Fashion
[CULTURE]A colorblind society may be an impossible dream. The biggest obstacle isn't racism but the class of professional anti-racists, whose latest occasion for grievance is the cover of Vogue. Basketball superstar LeBron James became the first black...
The Audacity of Pope
Will the Pontiffs call for peace faze the warmongers?ON TUESDAY, April 15, a plane carrying Pope Benedict XVI will land at Andrews Air Force Base. Inside the aircraft, the pontiff, a quiet-some say shy-old man, will brace himself for perhaps the busiest...
The Audacity of Pope: Will the Pontiff's Call for Peace Faze the Warmongers?
ON TUESDAY, April 15, a plane carrying Pope Benedict XVI will land at Andrews Air Force Base. Inside the aircraft, the pontiff, a quiet--some say shy--old man, will brace himself for perhaps the busiest and most important few days of his life. It...
The Geek Shall Inherit
The United States remains the world's technological leader--for now. Various factors probably contribute, from the entrepreneurial spirit to a certain maverick attitude: "Who says I can't do that? Watch me." The crucial element, however, has to be...
The Gentleman's Page
Men's magazines cultivate virtue-for those who can afford it.JUST AS MEN'S MAGAZINES are growing old, they're growing up. Last year, GQ marked its 50th anniversary, and Esquire is currently celebrating its 75th year. These mags are survivors. Esquire...
The Gentleman's Page: Men's Magazines Cultivate Virtue-For Those Who Can Afford It
JUST AS MEN'S MAGAZINES are growing old, they're growing up. Last year, GQ marked its 50th anniversary, and Esquire is currently celebrating its 75th year. These mags are survivors. Esquire managed to promote luxury during the Depression, then cheered...
The Man from UNHCR
[Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World, Samantha Power, Allen Lane, 640 pages] BOOKS NOW OFTEN come with both title and subtitle to tweak the customer's attention. The subtitle of Samantha Power's new book certainly...
Women at War
The strain of Iraq forced the shock integration of women into the military. The results aren't all pretty.A HIGH POINT of Kayla Williams's service as a noncommissioned Army officer in Iraq was receiving a commendation for her support on missions in Baghdad....
Women at War: The Strain of Iraq Forced the Shock Integration of Women into the Military. the Results Aren't All Pretty
A HIGH POINT of Kayla Williams's service as a noncommissioned Army officer in Iraq was receiving a commendation for her support on missions in Baghdad. Low points included getting molested by one of her own men and being asked to mock a naked Iraqi...