The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 6, March 25

Abolishing Our Southern Border. (Insider Report)
With each new expansion of federal authority in the name of homeland security, Americans are reminded that "everything changed" on September 11th. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the Bush administration's commitment to abolish our southern...
Afghan Mission Creep Begins. (Insider Report)
During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice (now the president's national security advisor) suggested that it was time to withdraw U.S. forces from peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo. More than a year into the...
Bosnia: Hub of Terrorist Axis? (Insider Report)
In a series of reports beginning in 1996, THE NEW AMERICAN warned that Bosnia, the UN-administered former Yugoslav province, had become a staging area for Muslim terrorist groups. Following the Black Tuesday attacks, we reviewed those prior warnings...
Child Sex Abuse by UN Workers. (Insider Report)
A shocking report jointly issued on February 26th by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save The Children detailed evidence of widespread sexual exploitation of children at refugee camps in West Africa. According to the report, aid workers...
"Don't Try That Here". (Exercising the Right)
It was hot in Gastonia, North Carolina, on November 28, 2001, so late in the day someone at the West Main Newsstand Book Nook propped the back door open to cool the establishment. Shortly before 10 p.m., six persons remained in the store, including...
Honesty Pays. (the Goodness of America)
Joe Csira, 16, is a sophomore at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. On December 21, 2001, while Christmas shopping with his mother at a strip mall in New Britain Borough, he found six crisp, new $100 bills. He could easily...
Klamath Falls Reprieve. (Insider Report)
In late February, beleaguered farmers in the Klamath River Basin on the Oregon-California border received some welcome news: The Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced that it would release irrigation water in time for the 2002 planting season. On...
Prescription for Tyranny: Under the Guise of Dealing with Health Emergencies, Proposed Legislation Would Grant States Totalitarian Powers While Actually Hurting State Sovereignty. (Health Care)
A dangerous new epidemic is incubating in Washington and in state legislatures nationwide, courtesy of the war on terrorism. No, it isn't anthrax or smallpox or bubonic plague or some other deadly germ brewed by bioterrorists. It's a new push, instigated...
Protecting Incumbents. (Correction, Please!)
ITEM: During the last three decades, editorialized the February 15th Denver Post, "special interests" have found "new ways to manipulate the system and block further, needed reforms" in political campaigns. "That changed ... when the U.S. House approved...
Seven Myths about the Vietnam War: Three Decades after Pulling out of Southeast Asia, America Remains Hostage to a Relentless Barrage of Distortion, Myths, and Outright Lies about the Vietnam War. (Cover Story: Vietnam)
Napoleon is reputed to have cynically remarked that "history is a fraud agreed upon." A similarly cynical attitude is more than justified when it comes to the usual "history" of the Vietnam War, as presented by the prevailing liberal-left voices of...
Swiss Neutrality Ends with Pro-UN Vote. (the Right Perspective)
In 1986, three out of four voters in Switzerland said "no" in a referendum designed to have their nation join the United Nations. But on March 3rd, with pressure coming from within and without the country, the Swiss people allowed themselves to be...
The CFR Political Cartel. (the Last Word)
It's good to be back at the Council on Foreign 3 Relations," declared Vice President Dick Cheney during a February 15th address to the group. "I've been a member for a long time, and was actually a director for some period of time. I never mentioned...
The John Birch Society on Vietnam. (Worth Repeating)
During the Vietnam War era, Americans were presented two choices regarding the conduct of the war: Maintain the status quo, which meant fighting a long, protracted, costly conflict with victory an elusive goal; or cut and run. There was, however,...
The Real Hal Moore: Lt. General Harold G. Moore, the Real-Life Protagonist Portrayed by Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers, Talks with the New American about the Movie, His Book, and Vietnam. (Cover Story: Vietnam)
Lt. General Harold G. Moore (Ret.) graduated from West Point in 1945, commanded two infantry companies in the Korean War, was a battalion and brigade commander in Vietnam, and later commanded the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. A master parachutist...
Token of Gratitude for Patriotism. (the Goodness of America)
Robert Setaro, 29, of Worcester, Massachusetts, enlisted in the Air Force in 1999. Two years earlier, his younger brother, Ryan, had enlisted, and five years before that another brother, Richard, had been killed when his Air Force helicopter crashed...
Toward a UN "Terrorism Court". (Insider Report)
Writing in the February-March 2002 issue of Policy Review, the Heritage Foundation's flagship journal, legal scholars Abraham D. Soafer and Paul D. Williams argue that special terrorism courts of some sort are indispensable in the ongoing "war on terrorism."...
U.S. Forces Headed for Georgia. (Insider Report)
If you're dismayed at the deepening Afghan quagmire, wait 'til we've become bogged down in Georgia (the bandit state in the Caucasus, that is, not the Peach State). Georgia, the newest hot spot in the war against terrorism, gained nominal independence...
Vindicating Our Veterans: After Decades of Defamation, Caricature, and Disregard, We Were Soldiers Pays Homage to America's Vietnam Warriors for Their Heroism and Sacrifice. (Cover Story: Vietnam)
It was known as the Valley of Death: the Ia Drang Valley, in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. On November 14, 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Cavalry Regiment rode into that valley -- and into one of the bloodiest battles of...