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. 6, March 24

Come Home, America
So Mike Huckabee gets out of the presidential race, and the liberal establishment is once again emboldened to target homeschoolers. It never takes long for the empire to strike back. OK, so it's not a precise cause-and-effect, but the plain facts...
Dangerous Liaison: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Courts Iraq
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's triumphant state visit to Iraq earlier this month offered particularly grim evidence of the epic failure of U.S. policy and ambitions. Iran's controversial leader, the Bush administration's public enemy number...
Deep Background
The recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Baghdad has resulted in a serious problem for the United States, and not only because it is another sign of the amicable relationship between Iran and Iraq that is further isolating Washington...
Give Medvedev a Chance
Dmitri Medvedev's election to the Russian presidency with 70 percent of the vote was as lopsided as it was pre-arranged. It seems clear that he will govern in concert with a United Russia Duma majority under a very popular Putin ministry. The one conventional...
Happy Ending
In his gubernatorial campaign, Eliot Spitzer promised that on "Day One Everything Changes." But a play date with 22-year-old hooker/soul-singer ended his reign in the Empire State after just one year. In that time, little changed in New York, and nothing...
Hear No Reason
For five years now, President Bush has summoned the authority of generals to extinguish unwelcome questions about his Mideast policies. Occupation not working out in Iraq? Well, says the prez, I'm just listenin' to what my commanders on the ground...
Into Africa: Once as a Colonial Project, Now as a Moral Playground, the Ancient Continent Remains the Object of Great Power Maneuvering
George W. Bush's seven-day, five-country trip around Africa generated much surprised comment about how popular our president is over there. The leaders of the nations Bush visited beamed with pride through their photo-ops. In Tanzania, local artists...
Right at the End: William F. Buckley's Last Gift to Conservatism May Have Been His Opposition to the Iraq War
Soon after Bill Buckley died, William Kristol published a column called "The Indispensable Man" in the New York Times. He celebrated Buckley as the founder of the conservative movement, and his tone was not only celebratory but affectionate. And surely...
Shaking Down Uncle Sam: "Warsaw Ups Ante for U.S. Shield" Ran the Headline over the January Story in the Washington Times. What Was It All About?
Poland, whom we have lately undertaken to defend from a revanchist Russia, was shaking down Uncle Sam for hundreds of millions in military aid before it would agree to let us put a missile defense on Polish soil, a missile defense designed to protect...
Sweet Nothing
[Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day] Although the dialogue in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces is widely considered the funniest of any American novel of recent decades, the movie business has never been able to get its act together to film...
The Guns of April: The Choices Are Intervene or Intervene
April 18, 2009 Pundits warned that the Middle East would present the newly elected president with his first international crisis. Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr could revive his forces' attacks on U.S. troops. The Iranians might try to test...
The Right Choice? the Conservative Case for Barack Obama
Barack Obama is no conservative. Yet if he wins the Democratic nomination, come November principled conservatives may well find themselves voting for the senator from Illinois. Given the alternatives--and the state of the conservative movement--they...
We're All Globalists Now: Free Trader A, B, or C?
WARNING: campaigning in the Rust Belt may cause headaches. Other known side effects include pandering fever, severe bouts of self-contradiction, and a temporary lack of faith in free trade. In 2008, the candidates from both parties entered the race...
What Would Bismarck Do? in the Balkans, 1914 Is Never Far Away
There is an old saying that the problem with the Balkans is that they produce more history than they can consume locally. Events in, and over, the Serbian province of Kosovo may soon give this adage new relevance. Last month, an Albanian government...