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. 5, No. 8, 2006

An American Interest
At some point during their socialization process, prominent Americans learn that it is wiser not to discuss the Israel lobby at all, and certainly not at a length. Occasionally a retiring senator or general will blurt out that passionate attachment to...
Coalition of the Too Willing
WHAT HAS HAPPENED to the Europeans? As the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has come and gone, a new attack on Iran seems to loom. President George W. Bush has said that Iran is an issue of "grave national security concern," which is diplomat-speak...
Conservative Crack-Up
Is George W. Bush a conservative? In the title of his book, Impostor, Bruce Bartlett sums up his view of the claim that George Bush is the great conservative of the Baby Boomer generation. In Rebel-inChief, Fred Barnes contends that Bush is redefining...
Deep Background
Sibel Edmonds, the FBI Turkish translator turned whistleblower who has been subjected to a gag order, could provide a major insight into how neoconservatives distort U.S. foreign policy and enrich themselves at the same time. On one level, her story...
Defining Democracy Down
GEORGE W. BUSH has been more emphatic about spreading democracy than any president since Woodrow Wilson. Yet Bush's policies have subverted elected governments, corrupted foreign elections, and tainted democracy itself. For most of the American media,...
Did I Shave My Head for This?
FILM[V for Vendetta]Did I Shave My Head for This?A FILM CRITIC would have to hate George W. Bush awfully bad to praise the ludicrous yet humorless "V for Vendetta," in which a disguised superhero blows up the Houses of Parliament to overthrow the clerico-fascist...
Eminent Complaint
BIG DEVELOPERS, retail stores and auto dealerships, bond merchants and city officials got exactly what they wanted last summer from the U.S. Supreme Court. In KeIo v. City of New London, the court ruled that local governments have the right to use eminent...
Face in the Crowd
Republicans secure in their partisan cocoons continue to maintain that Iraq is transforming into a democratic Disneyland. Those less vested in the vindication of the Bush Doctrine note the rising chaos, though after three years of grim news it's easy...
Forum
DEMOCRATIC DELUSIONSJames Payne filled his article "Election Fraud" with a fraud of his own: he plastered it full of the oxymoron "stable democracy" (March 13). He has apparently been taken in by the pundits who refer to the U.S. as a democracy.Here...
Fukuyama at the Crossroads
BOOKS[America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy,Francis Fukuyama, Yale University Press, 240 pages]Fukuyama at the CrossroadsIN JANUARY 1998, the Project for a New American Century issued the first of several statements...
History for Aspiring Imperialists
[Sands of Empire: Missionary leal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition, Robert W. Merry, Simon and S chus ter, 320 pages] History for Aspiring ImperialistsIn Sands of Empire, Robert W. Merry has taken to heart philosopher George...
Insecurity with Insolvency
TAKEN AT FACE VALUE as an actual blueprint for policy, President Bush's new National security Strategy, which appeared last month, flunks. It fails because it disregards the first principle of strategy: the imperative of balancing means and ends. The...
Lost in Translation
AT FIRST GLANCE, the National Capital Immigrant Coalition's protest at the U.S. Capitol against EDR 4437-a bill that would dramatically step up enforcement of laws combating illegal immigration-seemed a routine left-wing affair.The speakers included...
Our Allies, the Mullahs
THE AGREEMENT between Washington and Iran to hold direct talks on Iraq has forged a new linkage between the Iraq and Iran crises. Hardliners in the Bush administration are resisting any linkage because they want to avoid pressure for a broader settlement...
Roe in the Balance
EACH YEAR on the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, pro-lifers turn out in the nation's capital by the hundreds of thousands. At this year's March for Life, a decidedly hopeful mood prevailed despite grim weather. For the past 33 years, since the 1973...
Room of Her Own
MODERN FEMINIST LORE dates its first chapter from 1963, when Betty Friedan found the original desperate housewives vacuuming their spotless ranch houses-in high heels, natch-and heard them asking, "Is this all?"Hate Friedan if it suits-anyone who told...
Senate Opens Door
With the polls showing overwhelming public support for tighter immigration control, nothing would seem more calculated to turn Middle America against the open-borders crowd than the sight of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens angrily asserting their...
The Gospel According to Garry
[What Jesus Meant, Carry Wills. Viking, 143 pages] The Gospel According to GarryFOLLOWING PRESIDENT BUSH'82004 victory over the junior senator from Massachusetts, the New York Times oped page let out a primal scream. Thomas Friedman, for instance, wailed...
The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Go
A recent Newsweek cover story on the war's most fearless doctor brought back painful memories. As a very young boy I was on the receiving end of Anglo-American bombing while I lived in Tatoi, a northern suburb of Athens where the royal summer palace...
Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?
COME 2008, who will succeed George W. Bush at the helm of a troubled Republican Party? Though the next presidential race is far off, the question is already on conservatives' minds.The last few months haven't been kind to Republican operatives who assumed...
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