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. 9, No. 4, April

Barack's Broken Promises
WINDING DOWN THE WAR ON TERROR "It is time to bring our troops home because it has made us less safe." --Barack Obama, New York Times, Aug. 12, 2007 "President Barack Obama has approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan. ... The increased...
Barack's Broken Promises
WINDING DOWN THE WAR ON TERROR"It is time to bring our troops home because it has made us less safe."-Barack Obama, New York Times, Aug. 12, 2007"President Barack Obama has approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan... The increased troop...
Counterfeiting Conservatism
CONSERVATISM IS THE "ISM" that came into being to resist the existence of "isms." This makes for potentially insurmountable challenges: How to evince a political belief that avoids the rigidity of ideology? Can one take a political position without becoming...
Counterfeiting Conservatism: Are You Sure You Want a Revolution?
CONSERVATISM IS THE "ISM" that came into being to resist the existence of "isms." This makes for potentially insurmountable challenges: How to evince a political belief that avoids the rigidity of ideology? Can one take a political position without...
Deep Background
Even in World War II, the United States did not attempt to assassinate U.S. citizens who went over to the enemy, but that has now changed with President Obama's overseas contingency operations. On Feb. 3, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair...
Failure to Launch
Did Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is telling the world that Iran, unable to get fuel rods from the West for its U.S.-built reactor, which makes medical isotopes, had begun to enrich its own uranium to 20 percent. From...
Hail to the Chiefs
When the president does it, it isn't illegal.Mr. Yoo served from 2001-03 in George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel, where he wrote the memos authorizing the use of torture on 9/11 detainees. Yoo is a law professorat the University of California, Berkeley,...
Hail to the Chiefs: When the President Does It, It Isn't Illegal
PERHAPS NO ASPECT of George W. Bush's presidency has been more controversial than his expansive use of executive power, an assertiveness that has earned him much condemnation. But have our greatest presidents faced grave national challenges by deferring...
Haitian-Building
From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Port-au-PrinceThe great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.- George Washington, Farewell...
Haitian-Building: From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Port-Au-Prince
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. --George Washington, Farewell Address THE MARINES HAVE LANDED in Haiti--again....
Heartbreak Hill
For the past nine years, I've spent two hours a week at a volunteer job on Capitol Hill. When I tell the newer counselors when I started they exclaim, "Nine years? You must've seen everything!" I wonder how Parisians--or Athenians--must feel when they...
Hoosier Hopeful
Antiwar Republican John Hostettler aims for the Senate.IN DECEMBER, John decided to take on a job few members his party wanted: RepubUcan to popular Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). national GOP did not place Bayh's very high on its list of 2010 opportunities,...
Hoosier Hopeful: Antiwar Republican John Hostettler Aims for the Senate
IN DECEMBER, John Hostettler decided to take on a job few members of his party wanted: Republican challenger to popular Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). The national GOP did not place Bayh's seat very high on its list of 2010 pickup opportunities. In 2008,...
Mindless Missiles
The Pentagon's drone budget is on autopilot.TODAY'S PENTAGON is led by its most widely respected secretary of defense in decades, one more in control and feared by the generals than any since the muchhated Robert McNamara. One would hope that with this...
Mindless Missiles: The Pentagon's Drone Budget Is on Autopilot
TODAY'S PENTAGON is led by its most widely respected secretary of defense in decades, one more in control and feared by the generals than any since the much-hated Robert McNamara. One would hope that with this stature, Robert Gates is nurturing a plan...
No Life on MARs
This latest populist revolt is not the rise of the Right.The social class on which [Will Herberg] and I both once pinned our hope of national regeneration, those whom we jokingly referred to as the Archie Bunkers,' has gone the way of the dinosaur. It...
No Life on MARs: This Latest Populist Revolt Is Not the Rise of the Right
The social class on which [Will Herberg] and I both once pinned our hope of national regeneration, those whom we jokingly referred to as 'the Archie Bunkers,' has gone the way of the dinosaur. It has been replaced by a multitude of vastly more radicalized...
Nothing to Declare
The most exciting thing about the Mount Vernon Statement, a concatenation of secondhand platitudes served up by the likes of Kathryn Jean Lopez and Ed Meese, was the overreaction it elicited from the FrumForum, which blared the headline, "Conservative...
Nothing to Declare
[CONSERVATISM]The most exciting thing about the Mount Vernon Statement, a concatenation of secondhand platitudes served up by the likes of Kathryn Jean Lopez and Ed Meese, was the overreaction it elicited from the FrumForum, which blared the headline,...
Old and Right
CONTEMPORARY CONSERVATIVES place a higher value upon private property, the free market, and production for profit than do liberals and radicals, past and present. A substantial segment of the American people also appears to believe along these lines,...
Sour Vintage
Raising a glass to Kingsley AmisIN THE LAST CENTUBY, English writers came in crops or vintages. Maybe the greatest was the first, born in the reign of Edward VJJ during the first decade of the century: Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, and...
Sour Vintage: Raising a Glass to Kingsley Amis
IN THE LAST CENTURY, English writers came in crops or vintages. Maybe the greatest was the first, born in the reign of Edward VII during the first decade of the century: Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, and Anthony Powell all began life...
Southern Cross
The meaning of the Mel Bradford moment"YOU JUST CAN'T attack Lincoln and get away with it- you just can't." Hearing these words, spoken in front of a portrait of Lincoln at the Rockford Institute in 1989, is my first memory of Mel Bradford. That remark,...
Southern Cross: The Meaning of the Mel Bradford Moment
"YOU JUST CAN'T attack Lincoln and get away with it--you just can't." Hearing these words, spoken in front of a portrait of Lincoln at the Rockford Institute in 1989, is my first memory of Mel Bradford. That remark, delivered in an accent characteristic...
Speak No Evil
An al-Qaeda PR man tests America's constitutional commitment to freedom of speech.IT'S DISORIENTING to sit across from a pair of bright, bespectacled military attorneys a metro stop away from the Pentagon talking about freeing a convicted terrorist from...
Speak No Evil: An Al-Qaeda PR Man Tests America's Constitutional Commitment to Freedom of Speech
IT'S DISORIENTING to sit across from a pair of bright, bespectacled military attorneys a metro stop away from the Pentagon talking about freeing a convicted terrorist from a life sentence. Discussions about "fundamental rights" extending to noncitizens,...
Switch Hitching
Cavil as we may--and must--Christopher Hitchens is an extraordinarily gifted polemicist and was once great fun. Much of his stuff from the cheesy days of Thatcher and Reagan would sit happily in this magazine today. But you can't stop progress. Having...
Tea Party Crashers
[elephant in the room]While the movement boasts of independence, it is little more than a GOP adjunct: loud, colorful, but still advancing the establishment's ends.JUDY PEPENELLA, co-director of New York's Tea Party Patriots, insists that she has just...
Tea Party Crashers: While the Movement Boasts of Independence, It Is Little More Than a GOP Adjunct: Loud, Colorful, but Still Advancing the Establishment's Ends
JUDY PEPENELLA, co-director of New York's Tea Party Patriots, insists that she has just blown my mind. "It's 'We the People'," she repeats. "That's the Tea Party--those three silly words: We. The. People." She says it's impossible to explain to an...
Third World War
The real showdown between Christians and Muslims isn't in the Mideast.NOBODY IS SURE how it started. Perhaps Christian activists sent text messages warning that Muslims were trying to poison them. Maybe Muslims tried to storm a church. Whatever the cause,...
Third World War: The Real Showdown between Christians and Muslims Isn't in the Mideast
NOBODY IS SURE how it started. Perhaps Christian activists sent text messages warning that Muslims were trying to poison them. Maybe Muslims tried to storm a church. Whatever the cause, the consequence this past January was mayhem for the Nigerian...
Visit to a Small Planet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOUR SCORE AND ZERO years ago in Flagstaff, Arizona, Clyde Tombaugh, a bespectacled 24-year-old just off the farm from Burdett, Kansas, joined an exclusive fraternity of merit from which he has been posthumously booted. Clyde...
While England Sleeps
The Iraq inquiry that is certain to uncover nothingTHERE IS A GRAVE anxiety that gnaws away at Sir John Chilcot as he daily conducts his inquiry into the war in Iraq. By 11 o'clock each morning, as some former Foreign Office mandarin is dissembling about...
While England Sleeps: The Iraq Inquiry That Is Certain to Uncover Nothing
THERE IS A GRAVE anxiety that gnaws away at Sir John Chilcot as he daily conducts his inquiry into the war in Iraq. By 11 o'clock each morning, as some former Foreign Office mandarin is dissembling about weapons of mass destruction or the legality...
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