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. 5, 2006

A Good Woman Found
FLANNERY O'CONNOR (1925-1964) has been dead now three years longer than she lived. Only several years ago, she was honored by inclusion in the Library of America series, cheek by jowl with Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. (On the other...
Allen Wrench
The Republican cheering section at FreeRepublic.com couldn't possibly have known who they were calling a "candy a**" when they took aim at James Webb for his opposition to the Iraq War. The Naval Academy graduate was first in his class at the Marine...
Bix Was the Best
ASK ANY 10 jazz aficionados to name the two greatest jazz trumpets, and your answer will be immediate: Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Technically, are they correct? After his Chicago years, Louis switched from cornet to the more brilliant trumpet,...
Camaraderie & Conflict
THE LOBBY of Washington, D.C.'sOmni Shoreham Hotel resembled a Republican National Committee fashion show, with well-dressed, attractively coiffed teens and twentysomethings sporting GOP paraphernalia As if to exemplify the occasionally uneasy relationship...
Cultural Warmongers
IF YOU WISH to get along with a man, you do not insult his faith. And if you seek to persuade devout Muslims that al-Qaeda is our enemy, not Islam, you do not condone with silence insults to the faith of a billion people.Understanding this, President...
Daydream of a United Europe
[Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt, Penguin, 896 pages] Daydream of a United EuropeTONY JUDT LOVES EUROPE. Heissad when his continent is wounded and divided, he is happy when it is healing and prospering. In Postwar: A History of Europe...
Deep Background
Reports of major convulsions at the CIA are finding their way into the media. The most recent senior-level casualty of the continuous bloodletting that has taken place over the past year is Robert Grenier, chief of the agency's Counter Terrorism Center...
Denmark's Intifada
DENMARK IS ONE of Europe's smallest countries; it has only 5.5 million inhabitants. Until the beginning of this year it was known mainly for dairy products, butter cookies, Legos, and Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales. However, conservative Europeans...
Election Fraud
NATION BUILDERS put great faith in elections. Three days ago," said President George W. Bush in his address of Dec. 18, 2005, "in large numbers, Iraqis went to the polls to choose their own leaders-a landmark day in the history of liberty." This election...
Forum
GETTING CHAVEZ WRONGI'm a fan of Steve Sailer's movie reviews, but I find his storyline on Cesar Chavez (Feb. 27) way out of focus.I watched the real thing for 10 years-close up. I was the American Farm Bureau's staff labor director confronting the Chavez...
Guess Who's Coming to Landscape?
FILM[Something New]Guess Who's Coming to Landscape?DURING AN ACADEMY AWARDS season when we're pestered to pretend we admire liberal fantasies like "Brokeback Mountain"-in which he-man Heath Ledger plays the straightest gay everit's refreshing that the...
Mexico Rocks U.S. Border
Late last month, Homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff didn't take reports of Mexican military incursions north of the border very seriously. To news of a run-in between Hudspeth County, Texas sheriffs deputies and Mexican drug smugglers kitted...
Missing the Target
ACCORDING TO President Bush, "the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons." Testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte said, "Iranian conventional...
Radical Sheik Chic
My Cadogan Square flat in London is a stone's throw away from the Danish Embassy, and recently I had the opportunity to observe some pretty unpleasant characters doing what comes naturally to them in this rather sedate and leafy corner of a once civilized...
Role Reversal
CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS don't know what to do about their governor, former action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger. A few months ago he was a reformminded crusader, rallying the state to back a series of conservative-oriented ballot-box reforms to cut down...
Scooter Squeals?
Scooter Libby may be dusting off the "just following orders" defense. National Journal reports that according to court records and attorneys close to the case, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, under indictment for concealing his role...
Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush
ON FEB. 21, Doubleday will publish the book that cost me my job: Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.The germination began when I heard about the extraordinary efforts made by the White House to ram the Medicare...
War without End
THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT and White House have decided that the United States now conducts "the Long War" rather than what previously was known as the War on Terror, then as the Struggle Against Violent Extremism, and briefly-as one revealing Pentagon study...
Watching the Detectives
[State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, James Kisen, Free Press, 256 pages]Watching the DetectivesJAMES RISEN'S State of War has opened a Pandora's Box for the Bush administration that no amount of howling, scowling,...
Written by the Losers
WHILE BEING INTERVIEWED by "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace recently, movie star Morgan Freeman dismissed Black History Month as "ridiculous" and went on to say, "You're going to relegate my history to a month? I don't want a Black History Month....
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