The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 6, June

Hawks for Dissent: A Pro-Iraq War Ex-Soldier Defends the Generals Who Took on Rumsfeld
Pop quiz: Who was our secretary of war--the closest figure we had to a secretary of defense--in 1942? Too hard? Then who was FDR's trusted adviser on how to wage the Second World War? The secretary of war was Henry L. Stimson. But it is General...
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Investi-Gate: What's Really at Stake in the November Elections
There are plenty of reasons why George W. Bush managed to eke out a 51 percent reelection victory in 2004: John Kerry was a lousy candidate; Iraq had not yet descended into civil war; and anti-gay-marriage ballot initiatives in several swing states...
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Leaving the Fold
Thank you so much for the article by Amy Sullivan ("When Would Jesus Bolt?" April). You give hope to those of us who are Biblical Christians and who have long held that our faith calls us to what the world often calls progressive politics. The Bible...
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Mark & Silvio: A Historical Reenactment
Mark Penn, the American pollster ... is now advising Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian premier.--The Independent, March 2006 Berlusconi called opposition voters 'coglioni' or testicles. He also compared himself to Jesus Christ and offended Beijing...
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Pardon Us, Mr. Ford
Thirty years ago, Gerald Ford was rejected by the American public when he sought four more years in the White House after succeeding Richard Nixon in August 1974. Yet, before he pardoned Richard Nixon a month later, Ford had seemed to be on one of...
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Poor Sports: The Tepid Fandom of Washingtonians
"... such district (not exceeding ten mile square) ... [shall] become the seat of the government of the United States.--THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES If you grew up in Michigan in the 1980s, as I did, you pretty much had to be a Detroit...
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The End of Legal Bribery: How the Abramoff Case Could Change Washington
So far, the scandal surrounding disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has produced some vivid and memorable examples of modern Washington graft--skybox tickets, pricey restaurant meals, golf junkets to Scotland. Yet at the center of the scandal is something...
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The Fireside Chat That Roosevelt Threw Away: In a Time of National Crisis, FDR's Advisors Urged Him to Assume Dictatorial Powers. He Knew Better
President Bush is under criticism for asserting "inherent" presidential authority to go around the back of Congress and secretly authorize warrantless wiretaps, in violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. During an equally dire...
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The "Our Snack Room Is Filthy" Whistle Blower
The American Foreign Service Association presents four annual awards for "constructive dissent." This year there were only eight nominations for the awards, even though there are 10,000 foreign service officers. Last year, there weren't many more--17,...
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The Pruner: Is Rep. Jeff Flake the House's John McCain?
Insubordination was not exactly a hallmark of the DeLay era, so when two young Republican congressmen led a drive to force leadership elections and summarily toss Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) from his majority leader post, it was a pretty clear sign that...
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