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. 18, No. 11, November

Abolish the Air Force: What It Does on Its Own-Strategic Bombing-Isn't Suited to Modern Warfare. What It Does Well-Its Tactical Support Missions-Could Be Better Managed by the Army and Navy. It's Time to Break Up the Air Force
IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR, REPORTS EMERGED THAT BRITISH Army officers in Afghanistan had requested an end to American airstrikes in Helmand Province because the strikes were killing too many civilians there. In Iraq, the Lancet Study of Iraqi civilian...
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Bush's Neo-Imperialist War: Our Iraqi Occupation Not Only Rejects American Foreign Policy since Wilson, It's a Throwback to the Great Power Imperialism That Led to World War I
IN 1882 THE BRITISH OCCUPIED EGYPT. ALTHOUGH THEY claimed they would withdraw their troops, the British remained, they said, at the request of the khedive, the ruler they had installed. The U.S. Army Area Handbook aptly describes the British decision...
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Eyes Wide Open
SOMEWHERE ON THE ROAD TO A "JOHN EDWARDS FOR President" event at a middle school in an Iowa Mississippi River community, I took a wrong turn. This set me cruising along a battered Main Street before turning into a neighborhood of bedraggled clapboard...
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In Iraq Forever
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOOLISH LIBERALS. JUST DAYS AFTER President Bysh announced in January that he would deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq as a temporary "surge," liberals came up with a different buzzword. "Democrats oppose escalation...
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Parody
STEVE KROFT: Who's the [Anita Hill] you knew? CLARENCE THOMAS: Well, I think she could defend herself ... she responded very quickly. NARRATOR: In the book [Clarence Thomas' memoir, My Grandfather's Son], he remembers her as an average employee...
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Prince Wiliam's Folly: Northern Virginia's Nativists (Some Racist, Some Republican, Some Both) Are Hell-Bent on Driving Undocumented Immigrants Away. with Demonstrations and Lawsuits, the Immigrants Are Fighting Back
IT WAS A MAY AFTERNOON IN WASHINGTON'S MERIDIAN Hill Park. Forty-year-old Ricardo Juarez Nava was at a rally in support of immigrants when he saw a neatly dressed man approaching the group. As it turned out, the man, Tyler J. Froatz Jr., was protesting...
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The Iran Wedge
NOW IS THE SEASON OF REPUBLICAN LETHARGY AND discontent. A wave of retirements is dimming GOP congressional prospects, while the Republican presidential candidates have generated so little excitement that they are running behind the Democrats in fundraising...
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The Moral Equivalent of Optimism
You may have noticed a recurring theme in this column: that there is a set of assumptions about political possibilities that date from the late 1970s and have led to the timidity of more recent liberal politics--and that are overdue for questioning....
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The Revolt of the Comic Books: America's Superheroes Take on Preemptive War, Torture, Warrantless Spying, and George W. Himself
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A SUPERHERO KILLED THE president this summer. Moments later, a shocked White House press corps watched as John Horus, his gleaming white-and-gold costume still soaked in blood, explained why. Because "the war in Iraq is illegal...
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The Sisyphus from Searchlight: Harry Reid Has United Senate Democrats on Shutting Down the War, but the Republican Votes Just Aren't There. He'll Keep Forcing Votes on the War until, He Hopes, There Are More Democrats and Fewer Republicans in 2009
HARRY REID LOVES MOVIES. "GO TO THE MOVIES every chance I get," he says, sitting in a lavish conference room just off the Senate floor at the north end of the Capitol. It is noon on a Friday, and a narrow beam of sunlight shines in through the window...
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Tomorrow, the World: Flush with Cash and Ancient Hatreds, American Evangelicals Are Incubating a Christian Right in Secular Europe
IN THE ISOLATED SWEDISH ISLAND VILLAGE OF BORGHOLM, on a summer day in 2003, the Rev. Ake Green stepped to the front of his Pentecostal congregation. On this desolate isle, cut off from the mainland and dotted with ruins of a towering stone fortress,...
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When We Get Behind the Wheel
AS GOP SENATORS DROP OUT, THE WILD HOPE GROWS: Could the Democrats get a filibuster-proof Senate? If so, and if the party took the White House and kept the House, then at last the progressives would have the keys to the car. This would not be like...
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Who's to Blame for the Brave New Economy? Are We All Complicit in the Erosion of Economic Stability in American Life? or Are Corporate and Financial Elites the Culprits? Our Resident Roberts-Kutner and Reich, Each of Whom Has Authored a New Book on the Political Economy-Argue the Responsibility Question While Agreeing (Mainly) on How to Fix What Ails Us
Prosperity Squandered BY ROBERT KUTTNER FOR THREE DECADES THE ECONOMY HAS increasingly become more unequal and more precarious for ordinary people. During the same period, risks that used to be absorbed by large, stable employers or social programs...
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