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. 11, No. 5, May

Afghan Exit Strategy
America can't let India dictate South Asia's mapIt appears that the United States will soon be leaving Afghanistan, and not on its preferred schedule. Early this year the U.S. lost two soldiers in combat with the Taliban and six killed by members of...
Afghan Exit Strategy: America Can't Let India Dictate South Asia's Map
It appears that the United States will soon be leaving Afghanistan, and not on its preferred schedule. Early this year the U.S. lost two soldiers in combat with the Taliban and six killed by members of the Afghan armed forces, formally our allies....
A Game of Drones
Precision-guided mythology masks a brutal truth.America's recent foreign policy has been enabled by a central idea: the United States does things differently. It wages wars differently. It suspends habeas corpus sparingly and with great restraint. It...
A Game of Drones: Precision-Guided Mythology Masks a Brutal Truth
America's recent foreign policy has been enabled by a central idea: the United States does things differently. It wages wars differently. It suspends habeas corpus sparingly and with great restraint. It encroaches on liberties more gingerly. And it...
A New York Times Story on March 19 Reported That There Might Be "Perils" for the U.S. in the Event of an Israeli Attack on Iran and Warned That "It May Be Impossible to Preclude American Involvement in Any Escalating Confrontation" with "Dire Consequences for the Region and for United States Forces There."
A New York Times story on March 19 reported that there might be "perils" for the U.S. in the event of an Israeli attack on Iran and warned that "it may be impossible to preclude American involvement in any escalating confrontation" with "dire consequences...
Attack of the Clones
Our own William Lind might disagree, but former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell had a point when he recently likened Barack Obama to Otto von Bismarck. Blackwell had in mind a parallel between Bismarck's Kulturkampf against Prussian Catholics...
Attack of the Clones
Our own William Lind might disagree, but former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell had a point when he recently likened Barack Obama to Otto von Bismarck. Blackwell had in mind a parallel between Bismarck's Kulturkampf against Prussian Catholics and...
Bump in the Roadmap
Conservatives question Paul Ryan's budget blueprint.When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney for president, the former Massachusetts governor got something more valuable than a little help before the Wisconsin primary. Ryan...
Bump in the Roadmap: Conservatives Question Paul Ryan's Budget Blueprint
When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney for president, the former Massachusetts governor got something more valuable than a little help before the Wisconsin primary. Ryan wasn't simply another party leader seeking to expedite...
Can Democrats Get Realist?
Why the best minds of international power politics are leaving the GOPIn June 1949, the director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, George Kennan, twice brought theologian Reinhold Niebuhr to the group's meetings as a consultant. Niebuhr...
Can Democrats Get Realist? Why the Best Minds of International Power Politics Are Leaving the GOP
In June 1949, the director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, George Kennan, twice brought theologian Reinhold Niebuhr to the group's meetings as a consultant. Niebuhr returned to speak to the State Department many times during the Truman...
China's Rise, America's Fall
Which superpower is more threatened by its "extractive elites"?The rise of China surely ranks among the most important world developments of the last 100 years. With America still trapped in its fifth year of economic hardship, and the Chinese economy...
China's Rise, America's Fall: Which Superpower Is More Threatened by Its "Extractive Elites"?
The rise of China surely ranks among the most important world developments of the last 100 years. With America still trapped in its fifth year of economic hardship, and the Chinese economy poised to surpass our own before the end of this decade, China...
Chinese Melamine and American Vioxx: A Comparison
In contrasting China and America, pundits often cite our free and independent media as one of our greatest strengths, together with the tremendous importance which our society places upon individual American lives. For us, a single wrongful death can...
Correcting Kagan
Correcting Kagan The World America Made, Robert Kagan, Alfred A. Knopf, 150 pagesCall me staid but the latest developments in the digital revolution have left me cold. You can keep Facebook and Twitter and even the iPod, but one thing that has made a...
Crunchy Congressman
Rep. JefFFortenberry defied Grover Norquist - here's why.Jeff Fortenberry is a four-term Republican congressman representing Nebraska's First Congressional District, which includes the city of Lincoln. A 51-year-old father of five, the Louisiana-born...
Crunchy Congressman: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Defied Grover Norquist-Here's Why
Jeff Fortenberry is a four-term Republican congressman representing Nebraska's First Congressional District, which includes the city of Lincoln. A 51-year-old father of five, the Louisiana-born Fortenberry has built a strong conservative record in...
Debunking Deep Throat
As the 40th anniversary of Watergate impends, we are to be bathed again in the great myth and morality play about the finest hour in all of American journalism. The myth? That two heroic young reporters at The Washington Post, guided by a secret...
Deep Background
A New York Times story on March 19 reported that there might be "perils" for the U.S. in the event of an Israeli attack on Iran and warned that "it may be impossible to preclude American involvement in any escalating confrontation" with "dire consequences...
Getting Nixon Right
Thomas Mallons new novel offers a nuanced, conservative portrait.Un homme seieux. The phrase, found in a Newsweek column written by Joseph Alsop after Richard Nixon's second inauguration, recurs frequently in Thomas Mallons engaging new historical novel...
Getting Nixon Right: Thomas Mallon's New Novel Offers a Nuanced, Conservative Portrait
Un homme serieux. The phrase, found in a Newsweek column written by Joseph Alsop after Richard Nixon's second inauguration, recurs frequently in Thomas Mallon's engaging new historical novel Watergate. Alsop believed that Nixon was un homme serieux...
How I Met Eldridge Cleaver
When I was barely 40 I wrote a memoir of sorts, Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette. I was rather young for that, but one man's chutzpah is another man's megalomania. The book cut awfully close to the bone, though to my everlasting gratitude my hometown...
Jews against Israel
Jews Against Israel Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism, Jack Ross, Potomac Books, 232 pagesAn antiwar libertarian and a principled critic of Jewish nationalism, Jack Ross seems the ideal author to have undertaken a biography...
Letters
PAGANISM 2.0?Daniel McCarthy ("Right Marriage Fight," April 2012) suggests the exclusively heterosexual meaning of marriage has been "stable" only during a sort of Christian interlude after Roman "individualism," which is today "once again rising to...
Lost in Time
Bureaucrats, not Daleks, are the deadlinest foes of "Doctor Who."An English film collector recently unveiled two "Doctor Who" episodes not seen since the 1960s. For science-fiction fans, the revelation is equivalent to discovering the lost city of Atlantis...
Lost in Time: Bureaucrats, Not Daleks, Are the Deadlinest Foes of "Doctor Who."
An English film collector recently unveiled two "Doctor Who" episodes not seen since the 1960s. For science-fiction fans, the revelation is equivalent to discovering the lost city of Atlantis--which is precisely what the titular Doctor accomplishes...
National Review's Dynamo
Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review, called Kevin Lynch in Washington and Kevin emailed me in Laramie on the morning of March 27, a Sunday, to say that Priscilla Buckley had died at home in Sharon, Connecticut, of heart failure after an illness...
National Review's Dynamo: Priscilla Buckley Was Its Grande Dame as Well
Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review, called Kevin Lynch in Washington and Kevin emailed me in Laramie on the morning of March 27, a Sunday, to say that Priscilla Buckley had died at home in Sharon, Connecticut, of heart failure after an illness...
OLD and RIGHT
One afternoon just before departure I took my passport along and crossed the bridge to the German side. I was overwhelmed by the contrast. Here, more clearly than anywhere I had ever been, one saw the difference between a country that had involved itself...
One Afternoon Just before Departure I Took My Passport along and Crossed the Bridge to the German Side
One afternoon just before departure I took my passport along and crossed the bridge to the German side. I was overwhelmed by the contrast. Here, more clearly than anywhere I had ever been, one saw the difference between a country that had involved...
Saved and Depraved
Saved and Depraved Evangettyfish, Douglas Wilson, Canon Press, 232 pagesPastor Douglas Wilson is a Calvinist s Calvinist. And a bit of a theology nerd. He usually writes about Dutch Reformers, infant baptism, and covenantal theology. One gets the impression...
Theodore Roosevelt Builds an Empire
Theodore Roosevelt Builds an Empire Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream, Gregg Jones, New American Library, 430 pagesJournalist Gregg Jones offers a notable, if somewhat inelegant,...
The Promise of Polarization
The Promise of Polarization The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, Jeffrey Bell, Encounter Books, 296 pages.In polarization lies the salvation of the world, or at least its best hope for a better political future. So...
The Right's False Prophet
The Right's False Prophet Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America, Paul Gottfried, Cambridge University Press, 182 pagesWhen writing about the work of an academic historian or philosopher - as opposed to a polemicist, a politician, or a...
United States of Wal-Mart
Will the jobs of the future be retail and nursing?A robust economy provides an incumbent president a better electoral boost than any campaign slogan Karl Rove or James Carville could dream up. The Obama administration has looked to capitalize on that...
United States of Wal-Mart: Will the Jobs of the Future Be Retail and Nursing?
A robust economy provides an incumbent president a better electoral boost than any campaign slogan Karl Rove or James Carville could dream up. The Obama administration has looked to capitalize on that fact by celebrating the government's latest employment...
What Happened to Class?
It's cyclical," said my friend Mark Brennan, an NYU professor, as he executed a perfect "uchimata" during judo practice. "Perhaps over here," I answered, "but in Europe it's a way of life." "Just look at the 1890s, followed by the crash of 1907,...
What Happened to Class?
"I t's cyclical," said my friend Mark Brennan, an NYU professor, as he executed a perfect "uchimata" during judo practice."Perhaps over here," I answered, "but in Europe it's a way of life." "Just look at the 1890s, followed by the crash of 1907, then...
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