The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 5, May

Credit Bush's Rhetoric, Not His Actions
In speaking about the Middle East, President Bush recently said "a critical mass of events is taking that region in a hopeful new direction." For the Middle East, historically bereft of democracy and clotted with autocrats and despots, the promise...
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Credit, Deserved or Not, Goes to the Winner
It would be unwise to assume that recent and apparently promising developments in the Middle East are the intended consequences of the administration's policies or that they permanently enhance U.S. interests. Take, for example, the issue of the Iraqi...
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Everything but War Made the Difference
If President Bush is right about the way to build democracy in the Middle East--to eject forcibly a bad government, install a formally democratic replacement, and let the spillover begin--then we know where we should look for democracy's greatest triumphs...
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How Should Liberals Think about Liberty?
Michael Lind writes: In his insightful and important essay "Taking Liberty" (Washington Monthly, April 2005), William Galston, one of contemporary America's leading social and political thinkers, is right to insist that liberty should be at the...
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Is Arnold Losing It? Gov. Schwarzenegger Is Looking Less like Reagan and More like Ventura
The governor of California is seated in his office at Oak Productions, smoking a cigar and sipping espresso, his black cowboy boots propped on the distressed wood table before him. A plate of apple strudel sits untouched. The Santa Monica outpost,...
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Micro-Profile: The Democrats' Tom DeLay
It was a typical Tuesday evening at the Capitol. Most lawmakers, many straight from the airplane, rushed past the ushers to cast the week's first vote before slumping in their seats, quietly chatting with pals while adjusting to the pace of Congress....
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Out of the Club: Why a Conservative Powerhouse Booted Its Founder
If they ever make a political "Behind the Music"--and at this point, anything is possible at the networks--the Club for Growth is a sure candidate for one of the first episodes. That may surprise many liberals, who often think of the entire conservative...
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Praise the Message, Blame the Messenger
I didn't react to President Bush's second inaugural address with quite the same degree of hair-stiffening alarm that many liberals did. I grasped, obviously, the moments of dark irony: his line about "the unfinished work of American freedom"; and the...
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Statehouse to White House: 10 Hot Policy Ideas for the Governor Who Would Be President
By The Editors For of our last five presidents, and seven of the last 14 party nominees, have been governors. There's a good reason for that. Unlike, say, senators, who debate and vote for a living, governors are executives who create and manage...
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The New Water Wars: On the Missouri and Rivers Further East, Dying Industries Control the Flow and Leave Emerging Businesses High and Dry
Bob Shadwell, the proprietor of the Point of View Lodge in Pollock, S.D., and a professional fisherman, is in the habit of sending emails to the White House on Monday mornings. He is not sure if they are ever read, and, if they are, they have certainly...
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Turns out Diplomacy Works
There are hopeful signs of historic progress on foreign policy as President Bush passes the first hundred-day mark of his second term. Iraq is headed in the right direction; Israelis and Palestinians appear poised for the first real progress in four...
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War Didn't, and Doesn't, Bring Democracy
Operating on the theory that if you say something enough times people will believe it, the Bush administration and its allies have in the last few years confidently put forth an array of assertions, predictions, and rationalizations about Iraq that...
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War Was a Catalyst, but for What?
Give President Bush credit where it's due: Iraq's January 30th elections could not have taken place without the U.S. military intervention. Filipino-style "people power" would not have brought down Saddam Hussein. Despite decades of wars and sanctions,...
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