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. 17, September 1

Balancing Act
The U.S. could be more secure by doing less.IT WILL BE A STUNNING development if Gen. David Petraeus's September report on the Iraq War fails to argue that progress is being made, the surge should be given more time to work, and the United States can...
Chinese Hostage Crisis
Fed up with American demands that it let its currency rise, and congressional threats of tariffs if it does not, China last week issued a threat of its own. Beijing rolled out its "nuclear option."Two Chinese financial experts close to the regime issued...
Christianity's Cheerful Prophet
Christianity's Cheerful Prophet [God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis, Philip Jenkins. Oxford University Press, 352 pages]By Michael S. RoseWHO SAYS there are no optimists left in Christendom? If you haven't already met...
Deep Background
President Bush has agreed in principle to a proposal by Vice President Cheney that limited retaliatory air strikes against some Iranian military facilities should take place if Tehran continues to interfere In Iraq. The Pentagon is already doing target...
Feeling a Draft?
The question of reviving military conscription in the U.S. recently made a fleeting reappearance in the American national debate, with curiously little reaction.Lt. Gen Douglas Lute, named in June as President George W. Bush's "war czar," gave his first...
In Good Faith
By bringing back the Latin Mass, Pope Benedict has revived a great Western tradition.CHAMPAGNE CORKS popped around the Catholic world this summer in celebration of Pope Benedict XVTs liberation of the Church's traditional liturgy, which was all but abandoned...
Long Division
The brewing confrontation with Iran isn't just about nukes or neoconservative ambition. It's about regional hegemony.THE WAR DRUMS have been beating for so long in Washington that the neocons' sensationalist predictions about Iranian designs have become...
Running for Life Coach
Mike Huckabee excels at winning hearts and minds. But he may come up short on votes.MANCHESTER, N.H.-"I love Grand Funk!" Mike Huckabee tells Mary Ann Shakir at her home, overlooking the White Mountain National Forest "They're nice guys, and we got to...
Sands of Empire
FILM[Lawrence of Arabia]Sands of EmpireWHEN YOUR TELEVISION DIES, a trip to the home-entertainment showroom, with its massed ranks of the latest monitors, all displaying the same glorious nature documentary for convenient comparison shopping, will quickly...
Terrorized Rights
[JUSTICE]On Aug. 16, a federal jury found Jose Padilla guilty of terrorism conspiracy. It made the right call: only the cosmically clueless inadvertently vacation in alQaeda training camps. But this is a significantly lesser charge than Americans anticipated...
Test Case
Aptitude exams raised the caliber of civil servants-and the objections of the Left.YOU MIGHT THINK that liberals who want to expand government and conservatives who want to shrink it could at least agree to improve how it works. Yet good government projects,...
The Bushian Barack
Barack Obama decided to end the media debate about his lack of foreign-policy experience by demonstrating decisively that he is out of his depth when it comes to international affairs. In the space of a few days in late July and early August he stated...
The Clash, Still Calling
The Clash, Still Calling [Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer, Chris Salewicz, Farrar, Strauss B Giroux, 640 pages]By A. G. GincarskiTHREE DECADES REMOVED from 1977-the year that punk rock emerged in Western consciousness, never to vanish completely-the...
The Once & Future Christendom
[separation of powers]From death of the West-to knights of the WestTHE CALL OF DUTY-AND DESTINYIn one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. "I...
The Senators Who Said No
The Senators Who Said No [Elites for Peace: The Senate and the Vietnam War, 1964-1968, Gary Stone, University of Tennessee Press, 302 pages]Bg Clark StooksburgTHE VIETNAM WAR remains a great festering wound on the American body politic. It lives on as...
The Unbound West
Today, thunderous matters of cosmic import: why has the West dominated scientific and technological advance practically forever?This has certainly been the truth for many years. From-take your pick: 1500 on?-the West has produced both the scientific...
Welcome to the Global Market
Work the same hours for a smaller paycheck.PAUL KRUGMAN, the Princeton economist and head cheerleader for free trade in the op-ed pages of the New York Times, recently made an extraordinary confession. Global free trade indeed depresses wages among low-skilled...
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