The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 8, August

Bubblehead: Californian Chris Cox, the President's Choice to Reverse the Reforms at the SEC, Could Be Bush's Single Most Destructive Regulatory Appointee
MOST ECONOMISTS EXPECT something bad to happen to the U.S. economy sometime this decade, due to the deficit and debt overhang, the trade imbalance, the dependence on foreign borrowing, the sundry asset bubbles, and more. When the history of the next...
Dossier: To Arms, to Arms
Global military expenditures topped $950 billion in 2003 ... Arms transfers accounted for $25.6 billion of this figure ... 60 percent of all arms sales from 52000-03 were made to developing nations ... The five permanent members of the United Nations...
Down Is Up (or So Some Say)
NEW PROJECTIONS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL Budget Office suggest that this year's deficit will be $75 billion or so less than last year's record level. Similar figures will be reported by the Bush administration just after this column goes to press. The...
Downsizing, Iraq-Style: This Fall, the "Coalition of the Willing" Will Become the Coalition of the Shrinking. and No, It's Not Because of the Bombings in London
ON JULY 6, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush celebrated his 59th birthday in Copenhagen with a friend, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. It was an important moment for Bush, and not only because of the Greenland stamp collection he received as a...
Dreamers without Borders: What Happened to the EU Treaty Looks a Lot like What Happened in America Last Year. Leaders in Both Places Should Think about That
EUROPE IS IN SHAMBLES: FRANCE SLEEPWALKING, Germany in a tailspin, the euro falling, the left in disarray. Now, just weeks after the defeat in France and Holland of the innovative new treaty that was supposed to usher in a new constitutional era for...
Exit with Honor
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT OUT OF IRAQ, BUT critics of the Iraq War seem stymied by the mess that the Bush policy has created. Here is an exit strategy that makes sense as geopolitics and domestic politics: The U.S. commits to leave Iraq on a date certain,...
Four Wars
IN THE IRAQ WAR, WE FAILED TO COMMIT THE troops necessary to secure the country, and now we are in a mess. In the Terrorism War, we are creating more terrorism. In the Afghanistan War, we have yet to capture Osama bin Laden. And in the Trade War, our...
Gaza-Cons
FOR YEARS, WASHINGTON'S neoconservative establishment has uniformly cheered Ariel Sharon for his aggressive promotion of Israel's occupation policy. But as the Israeli prime minister's vaunted Gaza disengagement revs up this August, the familiar chorus...
High Court, High Stakes: On Morality, Regulation, and Privacy, the Right Seeks a Supreme Court Revolution. Senate Hearings Have One Job: To Block It
AS WE GO TO PRESS, WE DON'T KNOW THE NAME of President Bushs Supreme Court nominee o nominees. But it is clear that he will eventually get two, and maybe more--enough to lead a radical transformation of constitutional law. The challenge is to keep...
Howard's Beginning: Love Him, Hate Him-And Different Democrats Do Each-Howard Dean Is Taking the Fight to the GOP. the Question Is, Can He Do More Than Fight?
THERE IS LITTLE ROOM LEFT TO STAND IN THE ATLANTA nightclub Eleven50, a cavernous former opera house that sports an outsized mirror ball and the thumping electronic dance music favored by the hip, scantily clad, under-35 set. But on this humid weeknight...
Judge-Ment Day: Bork Earned His "Borking"-But It Took 55 Democratic Senators to Do It. Fighting a Bush Supreme Court Nominee Today Is a Different Game
THE VERB "BORK" IS ONE OF THE more tendentious entries in Webster's New Millennium Dictionary. Webster's records "bork" as meaning "to seek to obstruct a political appointment or selection; also, to attack a political opponent viciously." While the...
London Bawling: Conservative Reactions to the Bombings Offer a Case Study in Wing-Nuttery: Protect Bush and Emphasize State Terrorism (So We Can Invade Someone New!)
IF IT'S TRUE THAT CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, LIKE QUICK-dry cement, usually hardens within 48 hours of an event--think of the January 1998 Lewinsky revelations and the immediate pronouncements that the matter would lead to impeachment--the reactions to the...
Nan in Action
OBSESSING OVER A POSSIBLE Supreme Court retirement comes naturally to Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, a Washington-based association of environmental, civil-rights, mental-health, and other progressive organizations that monitors judicial...
Pulling Punches
DEMOCRATS WHO'VE been touting plans to nationalize the midterm elections next year with a good-government ("goo-goo," in the parlance of political pros) campaign centered on Republican corruption seem to need a refresher course on how to play hardball....
Rove on the Ropes: Sure, Let's Gloat: The President's Guru Has Been Flirting with This Kind of Scandal for Years. It's Time the Bill Came Due
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THE WHITE HOUSE propaganda assault against former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, a longtime officer in the CIA, looked like the work of Karl Rove. The malicious leaks against the Wilsons--which...
Self-Made TV
AL GORE MAY NOT HAVE invented the Internet, but this August he and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt are taking the technology to the next level with the launch of Current, a new youth-focused, Internet-inspired cable channel. Current, which will be broadcast...
The Fraud Caucus: To Hear the Media Tell It, Moderate Republicans Are the Greatest Thing to Hit Washington since Air-Conditioning. Enough Already
ON THE EVENING OF MAY 23, A BIPARTISAN GROUP of 14 senators emerged from a series of semi-secret meetings to announce that they'd brokered a deal ending the standoff over Democratic filibusters of several of President Bush's judicial nominees. The...
The Wrong Litmus Test
THE BATTLES OVER GEORGE W. BUSH'S SUPREME Court nominees are about to be waged on the wrong terrain--on the bloody fields of America's culture wars. Sandra Day O'Connor was the swing vote on many of the nation's most divisive social issues, and activists...
Vast Write-Wing Conspiracy: Ed Klein's Scurrilous the Truth about Hillary Should Serve as a Warning to New York Houses. Unfortunately, It's More of an Augury
IDEA AND REALITY ARE OFTEN MILES apart, especially when it comes to business schemes. It's a Panglossian truism displayed a few weeks ago with the release of Ed Klein's The Truth About Hillary, the first high-visibility title from Sentinel, the imprint...
With God on Our Side? the Next Big Debate for Democrats Concerns the R-Word: Do They Need to Get-Or at Least Start Talking About-Religion? A Progressive Evangelist and Anaggressive Secularist Have at It
Time to Take Our Faith Back "RELIGION DOES NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY ON morality." I've made that statement virtually every night on the tour for my recent book, God's Politics. We've been holding town meetings disguised as book signings; 56 cities over...