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. 17, No. 7, July-August

$1.27 Trillion: The Price Is Wrong: Depending on Which Administration Official You, Um, Believed, the Iraq War Was Going to Cost Anywhere from $200 Million to Zero. but It's Going to Fly over $1 Trillion. Awaiting the Arrival of a Sane Administration, We Offer a List of 11 Ways Not to Waste Money and Lives, to Improve America's Moral Standing in the World, and to Make the Country Safer
ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, THE UNITED STATES was hit by devastating terrorist attacks perpetrated by a transnational terrorist network. Less than a year later, it was apparent that the Bush administration wanted to invade Iraq, allegedly as part of the...
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Body Politics
FOR YEARS, PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS HAVE feared The Moment when abortion rights disappear in America. But there is not going to be A Moment. There is a movement, and it is chipping away at choice in many small moments. Start with the Supreme Court....
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Cash-and-Parry: Bolton Pushes toward a Shutdown, but Developing Nations Push Back
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE United Nations ran out of money? Will unpaid translators show up to work at the Security Council? Will Con Edison simply turn the lights off at First Avenue and 42nd Street? More importantly: Will peacekeeping troops across...
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Chicken Wing: The West Wing Will Live on, and on, in Syndication and on Disc. but Its Real-Time Demise Thankfully Brings an End to a Potent Liberal Allegory
BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, THE West Wing will have ended weeks ago. Matt Santos will have picked out his Oval Office rug, and Josiah Bartlett will be boring building contractors with rapid-fire trivia as they haggle over the final details of his library....
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Fairy-Tale Failure
EVEN IN AN ADMINISTRATION FAMOUS FOR ITS contempt for science, the President's tortured case for abstinence stands out. He committed $1 billion to abstinence-only programs abroad without a shred of scientific evidence that they prevent disease. Casting...
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Hard Labor: Change to Win Leaders Had Big Plans Last Year When They Left the AFL-CIO to Do More Organizing. the Resolve Is There-But So Are All the Usual Impediments
IT'S A COOL, SMOGLESS NOONTIME AT THE LOS ANGELES-LONG Beach harbor, and the guys who could be the future of American labor have lined up for lunch. Three weeks earlier, on May 1, the day that immigrants had stayed away from work, these truck drivers...
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Is It Good for the Jews? the Recent Controversy over the Israel Lobby Has Focused on How It Distorts U.S. Foreign Policy. Forgotten Is Whether It Helps Israel (and the Peace Process)
ON MAY 23, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES passed Resolution 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, by a vote of 361 to 37. Nothing remarkable about that. But the passage of H.R. 4681 had all the ingredients of the worrying way in which the Israel-Palestine...
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Is the Common Good Good? Five Responses to "Party in Search of a Notion," Michael Tomasky's Much-Discussed Essay on the Future of the Democrats from Our May Issue
"Party in Search of a Notion," the essay by Prospect editor Michael Tomasky, provoked a tremendous response from readers, other writers, and political leaders. Press attention included a front-page article in The New York Times on May 9. To keep...
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It Takes a Movement
IF THE CURRENT REVIVAL OF PROGRESSIVE POLITICS were the civil-rights movement, the role of Rosa Parks would be played by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Every child in America learns each February the story of how Parks one day decided that she...
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Solidarity Man: Can Tom Vilsack Really Get New Democrats to Back Organized Labor?
ON APRIL 3, AT AN UNPUBLICIZED strategy meeting, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack assembled AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, AFSCME president Gerry McEntee, and several other senior labor leaders with officials of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), including...
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The Tchotchkes of War
TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN BAGHDAD IS NOT A DREAM of many travelers, but it was what The New York Times assigned me to do in 1998. American bombs were raining down on the Iraqi capital that season, as they did periodically during the 1990s. Each morning...
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They've Got a Secret: A Scholar Learns That Even 40-Year-Old Papers Are Suddenly off Limits
LARRY BERMAN DIDN'T REALLY believe that a journal article he was writing in 2004 would break much new ground in telling the story of Lyndon B. Johnson and his conduct of the Vietnam War. Berman, a political science professor at the University of California...
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Watching the Detectives: Other Shoes Begin to Drop in the Duke Cunningham Bribery Scandal
WHEN NICK SCHWELLENBACH went down to the House of Representatives" legislative resource center in May to look into the widening Duke Cunningham corruption probe, he noticed a couple of other visitors at a neighboring table--a man and a woman, both...
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What's the Matter with Class?
ON JUNE 6, CALIFORNIA VOTERS DECISIVELY REJECTED a ballot initiative to provide tax-supported public pre-kindergarten. A special surtax would have touched only residents making at least $400,000 or $800,000 for a couple. It's hard to think of a better...
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