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. 17, September 10

Balancing Act: The U.S. Could Be More Secure by Doing Less
IT WILL BE A STUNNING development if Gen. David Petraeus's September report on the Iraq War fails to argue that progress is being made, the surge should be given more time to work, and the United States can achieve a stable Iraq if it is willing to...
Chinese Hostage Crisis
Fed up with American demands that it let its currency rise, and congressional threats of tariffs if it does not, China last week issued a threat of its own. Beijing rolled out its "nuclear option." Two Chinese financial experts close to the regime...
Feeling a Draft? the Question of Reviving Military Conscription in the U.S. Recently Made a Fleeting Reappearance in the American National Debate, with Curiously Little Reaction
Lt. Gen Douglas Lute, named in June as President George W. Bush's "war czar," gave his first interview on Aug. 10 to National Public Radio. But his remarks seem to have vanished into the void of news Washington does not want to hear. Questioned...
In Good Faith: By Bringing Back the Latin Mass, Pope Benedict Has Revived a Great Western Tradition
CHAMPAGNE CORKS popped around the Catholic world this summer in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's liberation of the Church's traditional liturgy, which was all but abandoned in the wake of the "reformed" version that followed Vatican II. It must...
Long Division: The Brewing Confrontation with Iran Isn't Just about Nukes or Neoconservative Ambition. It's about Regional Hegemony
THE WAR DRUMS have been beating for so long in Washington that the neocons' sensationalist predictions about Iranian designs have become part of the background noise. Few raise their eyebrows when they hear of Vice President Cheney's behind-the-scenes...
President Bush Has Agreed in Principle to a Proposal by Vice President Cheney That Limited Retaliatory Air Strikes against Some Iranian Military Facilities Should Take Place If Tehran Continues to Interfere in Iraq
DEEPBACKGROUND President Bush has agreed in principle to a proposal by Vice President Cheney that limited retaliatory air strikes against some Iranian military facilities should take place if Tehran continues to interfere in Iraq. The Pentagon is...
Running for Life Coach: Mike Huckabee Excels at Winning Hearts and Minds. but He May Come Up Short on Votes
MANCHESTER, N.H.--"I love Grand Funk!" Mike Huckabee tells Mary Ann Shakir at her home, overlooking the White Mountain National Forest. "They're nice guys, and we got to know them." In style and substance, Huckabee is a different kind of Republican....
Terrorized Rights
On Aug. 16, a federal jury found Jose Padilla guilty of terrorism conspiracy. It made the right call: only the cosmically clueless inadvertently vacation in al-Qaeda training camps. But this is a significantly lesser charge than Americans anticipated...
Test Case: Aptitude Exams Raised the Caliber of Civil Servants-And the Objections of the Left
YOU MIGHT THINK that liberals who want to expand government and conservatives who want to shrink it could at least agree to improve how it works. Yet good government projects, such as boosting the quality of the federal workforce, have largely dropped...
The Bushian Barrack
Barack Obama decided to end the media debate about his lack of foreign-policy experience by demonstrating decisively that he is out of his depth when it comes to international affairs. In the space of a few days in late July and early August, he stated...
The Once & Future Christendom: From Death of the West-To Knights of the West
THE CALL OF DUTY--AND DESTINY In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. "I wish," he sighs, "none of this had happened." The hero's wise...
The Unbound West: Today, Thunderous Matters of Cosmic Import: Why Has the West Dominated Scientific and Technological Advance Practically Forever?
This has certainly been the truth for many years. From--take your pick: 1500 on?--the West has produced both the scientific giants and the fields in which they flourished. Many of the towering figures are unknown today, but they towered. The modern...
Welcome to the Global Market: Work the Same Hours for a Smaller Paycheck
PAUL KRUGMAN, the Princeton economist and head cheerleader for free trade in the op-ed pages of the New York Times, recently made an extraordinary confession. Global free trade indeed depresses wages among low-skilled American workers. He admitted,...