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. 9, May 7

AIPAC on Trial
The lobby argues that good Americans spy for Israel.IS THERE A First Amendment right to engage in espionage? Dorothy Rabinowitz seems to think so. Describing the actions of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former top officials of AIPAC, the premier...
A Women's Best Friend
FILM[The Year of the Dog]A Women's Best Friend"THE YEAR OF THE DOG," with "Saturday Night Live" veteran Molly Shannon as a spinster secretary looking for love, sounds like just another romantic comedy, such as "The Truth about Cats and Dogs" or "Must...
Deep Background
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice represented the United States at the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia in March 2006. America's senior diplomat, possibly suffering from jetlag after her long flight, seemed to be poorly briefed on the...
Exporting Idiocracy
Sending American-style education to China could stunt the dragon's rise.CHINA'S RISE from the nightmarish reign of Mao Zedong to maker-of-all-things WalMart typically rests as lightly as a feather on me. Or rather, many feathers: I think of China as...
Felt of Dreams
Blurring the line between vice and entertainment, the poker industry opened the gambler's game to the masses. Now the amateurs are stealing the show.LEDYARD, CONN.-The crew spent the morning erecting a mini-studio in the Grand Pequot ballroom. From a...
Forum
HAGEL'S PEACE PLANHaving read many speeches and watched many television appearances by Sen. Chuck Hagel, I disagree with James Pinkerton's characterization that the senator's foreign policy would be Bush "lite" (April 9). Senator Hagel has a deeper understanding,...
From MySpace to NoSpace
For Republicans, campaigning on the Web hasn't leveled the 2008 playing field.THE VIDEO STARTS with a grungy, bottomed-out guitar riff that sounds like the noodlings of a spunky high-school metal band. But when the drums kick in, we see no band. Congressman...
King of the Plastic Rambos
King of the Plastic Rambos [Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy, Andrew Cockburn, Scribner, 247 pages]REREADING SIEGFRIED SASSOON'S great poem of World War I, the sense is overwhelming that it was a vision of former U.S. Secretary of Defense...
Leaving the Left Bank
Leaving the Left Bank [Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys, Mary Eberstadt, ed., Threshold Editions, 291 pages]THE ATTACHMENT to conservatism by a broad swath of the American public has confused many...
Musharraf's Choice
Appease his countrymen or AmericaCOULD PAKISTAN be facing an explosion? America's most important ally in President George W. Bush's war on terror is unstable and violent at the best of times. But this writer, who has covered Pakistan since the early...
Spent Youth
[a nation of shoppers]The global marketplace aims to create a world of adolescents: children with consumer power and adults with the appetites of spoiled kids.IN THESE PALTRY TIMES of capitalism's triumph, as we slide into consumer narcissism, Shakespeare's...
State of Emergency
State of Emergency [Terror In The Balance, Eric A. Posner and Adrian Vermeule, Oxford University Press, 328 pages]The 9/11 abominations pulverized not only the Constitution's time-honored checks and balances but the scientific method for arriving at...
Street without Joy
Will Bush's surge secure Baghdad's bloodiest block?BAGHDAD-Rolling through Baghdad in a convoy of five heavily armed Humvees, we pass buildings pulverized into useless rubble. An Apache helicopter hovers on the horizon. Turning onto a narrow road, we...
Tale of Two Teams
[MEDIA]It's doubtful that any internal media story has approached the frenzy level of the Don Imus saga. The three-word insult he leveled at the Rutgers women's basketball team was of course undeserved and once widely broadcast robbed the young players...
The Good Neocon
In writing a book on the new era America is entering after the Iraqi debacle, I revisited the various contributions to a post-Cold War symposium organized by Owen Harries of The National Interest.Then, before the crack-up of conservatism, the most respected...
The Lovely Lady Buckley
The first time I met Pat Buckley was in 1964, and the circumstances were rather strange. It was at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, and a few friends and I were drinking around the large piano in the grill while the pianist was playing a spirited version...

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