The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 10, November

A Durable Middle East Peace: Oslo Didn't Achieve It, nor Has the Bush "Road Map." So What Would Would Satisfy Both Sides?
HAD THEY SURVIVED, THE OSLO ACCORDS WOULD HAVE turned 10 this year. Instead, a disheartening record of on-again, off-again negotiations has been followed by three years of deadly conflict between Israelis and Palestinians Year after year, the Oslo...
A Fan Gloats
I would point out for the everlasting record that so-called serious people who discuss serious issues in a serious way for serious paychecks still believe that Rush Limbaugh knows what he's talking about. I also would point out that he lasted less...
A Foreign-Policy Emergency
The hallmark of the Bush foreign policy has been a naive radicalism married to an operational incompetence. A small clique with a preconceived blueprint took advantage of a national emergency and a callow president, blowing a containable threat into...
A Well-Regulated Militia: The National Guard, Not the Military, Should Protect the Homeland
Few Americans know that we have two armies and that both are acknowledged by the United States Constitution. One is the military that we know best, the regulars: the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, joined later in history by the Marines and the Air Force....
Book 'Em
LET'S JUST AGREE UP FRONT that there's no augury or metaphor in it, but the fact remains that South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle spoke at length for the first time about his new book, which is due out in November, at something called the Deadwood Pavilion....
Bush's Flawed Revolution: "If We're an Arrogant Nation," Said George W. Bush, "They'll Resent Us." He Was Right
GEORGE W. BUSH HAS LAUNCHED A REVOLUTION IN American foreign policy. In less than three years in office, he has discarded or redefined many of the key principles governing how America engages the world. He has relied on the unilateral exercise of American...
Gimme Shelters
If you thought President Bush was done with tax cutting for the rest of his term--as Bush's budget director promised in June--you've got another think coming. Pending in Congress this fall, with Bush's avid backing, is still another round of huge tax...
Head Cases: How Else to Describe a President and House That Would Carve Up a Widely Embraced Program like Head Start? Thank God for the Senate
THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY, the Senate--where small and conservative states have disproportionate weight and where rules allow one senator to block key legislation--has far more often been a force for reaction than for progress. But these are unusual...
Head Rush
THE NEWS THAT RUSH Limbaugh will be spending the month trying to kick his OxyContin habit provides a tempting opportunity to kick a thug while he's down. Rush, after all, told his audience just eight years ago that "we have laws against selling drugs,...
Importing Government
As Congress diddles with a Medicare prescription-drug plan, citizens are busing and clicking their way to Canadian pharmacies, where drugs are affordable. U.S. politicians, refusing to control drug prices, are also flocking to Canada for help by endorsing...
Indoor Pollution
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS are pending for Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, the nominee to replace Christie Whitman at the troubled Environmental Protection Agency. Leavitt surprised many in mid-August when he accepted the nomination, as he'd been offered the post...
Not Quite the Big One: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Election Is Sending out Shock Waves, but He May Find That Recent Progressive Reforms Won't Be So Easy to Terminate
SO, IS IT A WRAP FOR PROGRESSIVE California? According to many political observers, largely but not entirely on the right, the recall of Democrat Gray Davis and the election of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger mark a tectonic shift in California's...
NOW What? NOW's Endorsement of Carol Moseley Braun Was a Symbolic Act. but Some Feminists Wonder: Is This the Right Time for Symbolism?
WHEN CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN MADE her formal announcement on Sept. 22 that she was running for president, newspaper stories on the senator-turned-ambassador ran with a paragraph reminding readers that the announcement came on the heels of twin endorsements...
Red State Army: We All Know about "Reagan Democrats." but 20 Years Later, There May Finally Be a Counterweight. Could "Clark Republicans" Decide 2004?
IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DEMOCRATIC primary, retired Gen. Wesley Clark's campaign seems less like Sherman's quick and decisive March to the Sea and more like Grant's shaky, protracted offensive against Vicksburg. Initially some were heralding the general's...
Regime Change: The Legacy: Since 1953, U.S. Presidents Have Been Toppling Other Governments. Now, the Consequences
A very happy group of men convened at the White House on Sept. 4, 1953, to hear a cloak-and-dagger story that would resonate through all of subsequent American history. Two weeks before, the Central Intelligence Agency had overthrown Prime Minister...
Rumsfeld's Folly: The Radical Bush Doctrine for America's Military Was Cooked Up Long before 9-11. Now, Theory Has Become Practice-And It Doesn't Work
Since coming into office, the Bush administration has radically altered national-security and military doctrines that had successfully safeguarded American interests for more than 50 years. The changes, as the current crisis in Iraq demonstrates, have...
Safe at Home: At the Dawn of the Cold War, America's Leaders Created New Institutions That Made Us Safer. Fast Forward to the Present. Why Isn't the Bush Administration Following Their Example?
President Bush got one thing right: The greatest threat to American security is a rogue state providing a terrorist group with a weapon of mass destruction and the means to deliver it in the United States. Unfortunately, almost everything he has done...
Shock of the Old: Win or Lose, Howard Dean Has Become Town Crier for a Liberalism That Long Predates FDR
THE SMALLEST CROWD OF HOWARD DEAN'S SLEEPLESS Summer Tour in late August consisted of about 450 people. They'd gathered at the airport outside Boise, Idaho, on a splash of tarmac surrounded by sparkling, cloudless sky. There, where the crumpled, arid...
Soul on Ice: The Robert McNamara of Errol Morris' New Documentary Is Clearly a Tortured Soul. but Is He Tortured Enough?
IN THE FOG OF WAR, A REVELATORY new documentary about his life and times, a disquieted Robert McNamara implores us to understand why he did the things he did as an Air Force lieutenant colonel who helped plan the fire bombing of Japanese cities in...
The Clinton Formula: Forget the Left-Center Divide-It's Not 1992 Anymore. Defend Government. Fight Smarter. Smile. Win
When Sylvia Plachy and I walked into Bill Clinton's Harlem office around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, the former president was courteous to me, but he was more interested in telling Sylvia--who, aside from being a world-renowned photographer, is the mother...
The Democrats' Military Option
Count me among the skeptics as to whether a politically untested general can successfully run the gauntlet of a Democratic presidential-primary campaign in America today. The organizational confusion, inconsistent statements and other troubles that...
The Homeland Security Muddle: A Year Later, Tom Ridge's Department Still Lacks a Coherent Strategy or Adequate Authority. His Critics Need to Get Serious about Domestic Preparedness
When word leaked that the Department of Defense had funded a scheme to allow investors to use futures-market analysis to predict the likelihood of terrorist acts or international incidents--and to profit if their predictions were correct--the public...
Through a Lens, Starkly: For U.S. Networks That Think Documentaries Are a Snore, It's Time to Wake Up and Watch the Gripping Work of Brits Norma Percy and Brian Lapping
TO HEAR AMERICAN TELEVISION NETworks talk about documentaries--well, there's a self-canceling sentence. If they did talk about documentaries, they'd say that they're like bomb threats: they clear the room. Those eye-glazing, ad-killing relics of a...
What Bush Could Learn from JFK: Kennedy's Bold Strategy of Peace Delivered More for America Than Bush's Simple Warmongering
JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS DECORATED FOR HIS MILITARY heroism in the South Pacific in World War II. However, he showed even greater courage as president during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962. At that time, his right-wing critics were denouncing...
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