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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. 19, October 8

Deep Background
There is an American citizen behind recent ai-Qaeda propaganda. According to intelligence sources, the new Osama bin Laden tape was scripted in major part by Adam Yahiye Gadahn (born Adam Perlman), who has been principally working in the group's propaganda...
Fire Fight
Only after America leaves Iraq can the conflagration we started be brought under control.[Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part essay. The first, entitled "Open Fire," appeared in our last issue and is available at www.amconmag.com/200_7_09_24/feature.html]THE...
Fire Fight: Only after America Leaves Iraq Can the Conflagration We Started Be Brought under Control
[Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part essay. The first, entitled "Open Fire," appeared in our last issue and is available at www.amconmag.com/2007_09_24/feature.html] THE FIRST HALF OF THIS ESSAY had one central message: the...
Forum
WESTERN VOLTAGEIn "The Unbound West," Fred Reed seems to have read my mind (Sept. 10). I have reflected lately on the predominance-in fact the near monopoly-of Westerners in the development of science and technology. Indeed, in my own field of electrical...
From Russia, without Love
[Eastern Promises] "EASTERN PROMISES" is a violent, sentimental, and efficient Russian immigrant mob movie with an overpowering star performance from Viggo Mortensen as Hollywood's favorite kind of hero, the dangerous man with a heart of gold. He...
Is Belgium Breaking Up?
ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL, said Tip O'Neill. Not so. It is more true to say all politics are tribal. For the 1991 prediction of Arthur Schlesinger--"Ethnic and racial conflict, it now seems evident, will soon replace the conflict of ideologies as the...
It's Not the Freedom, Stupid
A frequent theme nowadays is "Why do they hate us?" meaning why does so much of the world dislike the United States. The reasons given are usually absurd: they hate our freedom and democracy. Actually the reason is simple if unpalatable. They hate...
Mutiny in the Valley
Young immigration reformers in suburban New York challenge a complacent GOP establishment.SOUTHEAST, N.Y.-In the Hudson River Valley's picturesque Putnam County, Republican politicians typically just smile and nod and get elected. Not anymore. The problem...
Mutiny in the Valley: Young Immigration Reformers in Suburban New York Challenge a Complacent GOP Establishment
SOUTHEAST, N.Y. -- In the Hudson River Valley's picturesque Putnam County, Republican politicians typically just smile and nod and get elected. Not anymore. The problem isn't the Democrats--it's a mutiny in their own party. The rebellion began last...
Rose Garden of Good and Evil
[A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, Glenn Greenwald, Crown, 303 pages]Rose Garden of Good and EvilBy Tom PiatakTHE BOURBONS were famously said to have learned nothing and to have forgotten nothing. In A Tragic...
Slip Sliding Away
The mortgage crisis is only the beginning ...BAD FINANCIAL PAPER, like rust, never sleeps.The tropical paradise of Hedge Fund Island might seem tranquil for now, but worms are turning in the dumpsters of securitized alphabet debt (MBSs, CDOs, CLOs),...
Slip Sliding Away: The Mortgage Crisis Is Only the Beginning
BAD FINANCIAL PAPER, like rust, never sleeps. The tropical paradise of Hedge Fund Island might seem tranquil for now, but worms are turning in the dumpsters of securitized alphabet debt (MBSs, CDOs, CLOs), and the odor blowing around the world from...
Speaking Your Mind
[The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Steven Pinker, Viking, 484 pages]Speaking Your MindBy John DerbyshireBACK IN 1854, English mathematician George Boole published a book entitled An Investigation of the Laws of Thought. The...
Surge Protectors
The mixed motives behind the Freedom's Watch ad campaignLATE THIS SUMMER, just as American political armies were squaring off over the next, and likely last, act of President Bush's Iraq War policy, a new prowar group called Freedom's Watch announced...
Surge Protectors: The Mixed Motives Behind the Freedom's Watch Ad Campaign
LATE THIS SUMMER, just as American political armies were squaring off over the next, and likely last, act of President Bush's Iraq War policy, a new pro-war group called Freedom's Watch announced a $15-million ad buy over several months in key states....
Sycophant Savior
General Petraeus wins a battle in Washington-if not in Baghdad.IN COMMON PARLANCE, the phrase "political general" is an epithet, the inverse of the warrior or frontline soldier. In any serious war, with big issues at stake, to assign command to a political...
Sycophant Savior: General Petraeus Wins a Battle in Washington-If Not in Baghdad
IN COMMON PARLANCE, the phrase "political general" is an epithet, the inverse of the warrior or frontline soldier. In any serious war, with big issues at stake, to assign command to a political general is to court disaster--so at least most Americans...
The Waugh at Home
[Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family, Alexander Waugh, Nan A. Talese, 472 pages]The Waugh at HomeBy Daniel McCarthyTheyf- -k you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with faults they had, And add some extra,...
This Bloody Honor
It was the pivotal moment of the latest New Hampshire debate. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul locked horns over the future of Iraq policy and the obligations of the United States to Iraq, each one drawing cheers of support from the audience. While leading...
War Whisperers
The 2008 hopefuls promised a change in foreign policy then hired the old guard.IT MAY SURPRISE NO ONE that former deputy secretary of defense and ousted World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz still enjoys the red-carpet treatment among Washington's elite....
War Whisperers: The 2008 Hopefuls Promised a Change in Foreign Policy Then Hired the Old Guard
IT MAY SURPRISE NO ONE that former deputy secretary of defense and ousted World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz still enjoys the red-carpet treatment among Washington's elite. That he indulged in it at the screening of an HBO documentary about 10 wounded...
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