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. 8, No. 2, January 26

Another War, Another Defeat
The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure.ISRAELIS AND THEIR American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy...
A Scholar & a Gentleman
Remembering Samuel HuntingtonSAMUEL HUNTINGTON died on Christmas Eve at age 81 after a long and slow decline. We have lost not only an astute public intellectual but a fine man. Fortunately, he left a rich legacy: pathbreaking scholarship in all four...
Blue Dogs Bite
Can Bush Democrats and progressives get along?DESPITE A BRUISING primary, Democrats swiftly resolved their differences. On the eve of the Denver convention, Time magazine called the party "more united than perhaps at any other point in the last 30 years."...
Captive Nation
How Gaza became a Palestinian prisonTHE ONLY WAY to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through historical context Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly...
Deep Background
Intelligence analysts are concerned that blowback from the fighting in Gaza could weaken the governments of key allies in the Arab world, including Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia and lead to greater regional instability. U.S....
Dickens in Bombay
FILM[Slumdog Millionaire]Dickens in BombayAFTER SWEEPING the Golden Globe awards, "Slumdog Millionaire," the plucky movie about an uneducated underdog from the slums of Bombay who wins 20 milUon rupees on the local version of the quiz show "Who Wants...
Ecumenical Revolutionary
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, one of the leading Catholic public intellectuals in America, parish priest, and editor of the religion and culture journal First Things, diedJan. 8 at the age of 72. The author of several books of cultural and theological reflection,...
Iron Gates
Obama's secretary of defense is still a Bush man.SHORTLY AFTER Robert Gates replaced Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, New York Times columnist David Brooks called him a "godsend." That was hardly the first or last time Brooks failed to see through...
League of Our Own
If it's January, the Buffalo Bills must be scattered to the greens of 50 golf courses, far from the howling winds and abundant snows of their autumnal "home." Onlyone Bill, backup linebacker Jon Corto, is native to the region. The remainder are about...
Operation Cast Ballot
The political calculation behind Olmert's warACCORDING TO THE ISRAELI media, four days before Gaza was attacked, Hamas offered to extend the ceasefire and end all rocket fire into southern Israel. In return, they asked for a lifting of the blockade choking...
Picking Up the Peace
Toward a settlement without illusionsAT THIS WRITING, the Gaza crisis continues, exacting a painful toll on the civilian population, hammering Israel's image in ways unseen since Lebanon in the early 1980s, and relegating talk of peace to the funny pages....
Ronald Reagan & the Six Dwarfs
[GOP]The race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee has been like a long night of karaoke, as the contenders belt out the camp standards of decades past Sometimes they get the lyrics wrong - "Puff the Magic Dragon" became "Barack...
Unanimous Consent
When Israel acts, Congress applauds. No debate required.IN MOST OF THE WORLD, the Israeli attack on Gaza is viewed as an intensely controversial act and, more commonly, an excessive, unjustifiable, and brutal assault on a trapped civilian population....
Up from Conservatism
America needs a better Right than the GOP can provide.WAY BACK IN THE EARLY 1950s, when I was in my twenties, a favorite pastime was to take the first sentence of that day's lead editorial in the New York Times and, putting the newspaper aside, deduce...
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