The American Conservative

The American Conservative: The Magazine for Thinking Conservatives is published by The American Conservative. This magazine focuses on Social and Political issues in all aspects of morality and conservatism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 4, February 26

A King without a Kilt
FILM[The Last King of Scotland]A King Without a KiltTHE HOTTEST TREND on the London stage has been political drama offering fictionalized surmises about recent matters of state. Now playwright Peter Morgan's two fly-on-the-wall historical screenplays...
Deep Background
A special group at the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center, very similar to the group that tracked the activity off al-Qaeda through the 1990s, has been working on the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah over the past three years. In the wake of the...
Foreign Affairs Advice
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in hot water with women in general and his wife in particular, but don't feel too sorry for him. He's got 25 million Italian men behind him, plus a large majority of Latin males throughout the world....
Forum
BACK TO THE FUTUREIn his response to your Feb. 12 cover story by Paul Weyrich and William Lind, James Pinkerton says, "going backward isn't really an option." Further on, he asserts that conservatives have a great fear of "progress." I disagree, and...
Hide and Seek with Scooter
As the Plame affair plays out in court, Americans may learn who manipulated pre-war intelligence.IN A COURT OF LAW, everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but there was a moment during the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's...
Honest Broker
Jimmy Carter's book stirs a critical debate.SINCE THE PUBLICATION last November of Jimmy Carter's book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, his critics have pretty much held the floor. In fact, days before the book was available, its argument that Palestinians...
Kidnapping Kirkpatrick
[NEOCONS]The Weekly Standard's Feb. 5 cover story, an unfinished account of Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick's "American girlhood" written by Peter Collier, is nothing short of strange. Certainly Kirkpatrick's Feb.6 memorial service at the National Cathedral deserved...
Mind the Marriage Gap
[Marriage and Caste in America, Kay S. Hymowitz, Ivan A. Dee, 192 pages] Mind the Marriage Gap"IF THERE'S ONE THING men fear it's a woman who uses her critical faculties," complains Maureen Dowd in her most recent book on gender relations and, specifically,...
Persian Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Spoiling for another fight, the United States may try to provoke Iran.THE IRAQ WAR has produced many, sometimes contradictory, historical analogies, ranging from Munich to the fall of Saigon, as pundits highlight their dubious relevance to Mesopotamia.Following...
Real Kantian
[The American Way of Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life, Michael Lind, Oxford University Press, 304 pages] Real KantianACCORDING TO THE New America Foundation's Michael Lind, the "American way of strategy" has consistently provided...
Rotten in Durham
How Duke's academic mandarins became a lynch mobTHE PHENOMENON of the "Duke Lacrosse Case" has left serious people with a sense that something has gone terribly wrong with Duke's academic culture. Following news of the allegations, students predictably...
Suburban Peaceniks
The antiwar movement is leaving the far Left behind in pursuit of mainstream appeal.ERICA IS NOT PLEASED with this anti-war demonstration. Gesturing to some other activists a few yards away she asks, "Dance for peace? What is that?" Her full cheeks were...
The Fall of Modernity
Has the American narrative authored its own undoing?WE ARE LOSING OUR WARS in the Muslim world because our vision of history is at odds with reality. This is a well-established condition of successful societies, a condition that inevitably grows more...
The God Gene
[The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins, Houghton Mifflin, 406 pages & Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel Dennett, Viking, 448 pages] The God GeneRICHARD DAWKINS'S The God Delusion and Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion...
What If We Leave?
When nightmare scenarios are used to justify endless war, it's time to wake up.IT IS CONTINUALLY proclaimed that an American withdrawal from Iraq would carry grim consequences. President Bush calls it a "nightmare scenario," and Frederick Kagan predicts...
Who Will Stop the Next War?
If Americans sickened by the carnage of Iraq wish to stop an even more disastrous war on Iran, they had best get cracking.For the "On-to-Baghdad!" boys are back, warning us that the only way to prevent an atom bomb from being detonated in an American...
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