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. 17, No. 9, September

A Rendezvous with Failure
MANY LIBERALS IN RECENT YEARS HAVE BEEN smitten with political envy. The conservative movement and Republican Party have seemed so much shrewder in their use of language, tougher in their tactics, and better organized than their progressive and Democratic...
Beyond Hope: Summer 2006 May Go Down as the Time When Iraq Was Lost for Good
LESLIE GELB, FORMER PRESIDENT of the Council on Foreign Relations and veteran of policy circles dating back to the Johnson administration, was an unlikely candidate to surprise the routine world of Washington national-security roundtable discussions....
Complete Sentence
A WEEK AFTER THE SUPREME COURT DELIVERED A stinging rebuke to the Bush administration in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, holding that the military tribunals it had fashioned to try Guantanamo detainees were illegal, I went to the base to visit my detainee-clients...
Field Notes: The Best Word to Describe Democrats' Get-out-the-Vote Plans: Emerging
IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLLS AND nothing else, it seems almost self-evident that Nancy Pelosi will be wielding the speaker's gavel come January. Nationally, voters give Democrats a 10-point edge over Republicans in their congressional preferences. Another...
Funny Business
WHAT WOULD THE LEGENDARY LABOR LEADER Walter Reuther have said if 40 years ago he was told that American business was going to spend millions to register workers and encourage them to vote? He would probably have been ecstatic: "They're spending their...
Illusion and Reality: The Violence in the Middle East Shows the Negative Consequences of the Administration's Contempt for Engagement. but the Tough Talk Has Failed
ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, I WAS one of a small group of State Department staffers called in to confer with Secretary of State Colin Powell and work through the night to produce a diplomatic strategy for assembling an international coalition...
Innocents (Not) Abroad: China's Outbound Tourism Industry Is Booming-But Not to America
THE SIZE OF THE TRADE DEFICIT with China is one of the hottest potatoes in American economic policy these days. It is about to get a little hotter, thanks to Beijing's highly provocative, if hitherto largely overlooked, controls on outbound tourism....
Just a Gigolo: In the Go-Go '90S, George Allen Sat on the Board of a Virginia Tech Company. Now, the Company Faces Several Class-Action Suits and an SEC Insiders Probe
THE LATE 1990S WERE HEADY TIMES FOR TECHNOLOGY companies in Virginia. The future looked bright, and arguably nowhere more so than in Northern Virginia s new technology corridor, where boxy, smoked-glass structures filled with well-capitalized startups...
Memo to House Democrats
DEMOCRATS: ODDS ARE, COME NOVEMBER 7, YOU will gain the 15 seats you need to take back the House (the odds are much lower in the Senate). So it's not too early to start thinking about what you should do during the two years leading up to the 2008 presidential...
Out-Foxed, Finally? Good News-FOX News Channel's Ratings Are Down across the Board! but What's Happening to Them Now Could One Day Happen to Our Side
WHEN THE NIELSEN RATINGS for the second quarter of 2006 came in, FOX News Channel got some bad news. The network's entire weekday lineup--every show--had lost viewers from the first quarter of the year. Special Report with Brit Hume, down 19 percent....
The Real Rudy: The Image of Rudy Giuliani as the Hero of September 11 Has Never Been Seriously Challenged. That Changes Now
FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, BUT FOR RUDY GIULIANI, it's as if the disaster happened yesterday. When we needed a leader, he walked the canyons of Lower Manhattan, covered in soot and rallying a panicked city through a morning turned suddenly...
The Rise of the Republicrats: Conservatives Swore That They'd Shrink the Government Once They Got Power. Well, They Have It-And the Government Is Bigger Than Ever. Now, Some on the Right Have a Surprising Response: Embrace the Welfare State
TAKING ITS NAME FROM A SERIES OF ANTITYRANNY pamphlets published in the early 18th century, the libertarian Cato Institute is the foremost advocate for small-government principles in American life. Its 95 full-time employees, 70 adjunct scholars, 20...
The Trouble with Diversity: Two Great Liberal Preoccupations-Our Celebration of Cultural Difference and the Fight against Inequality-Go Hand in Hand, Right? Wrong. Incredibly Wrong
"THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU AND ME" IS a famous remark supposedly made by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Ernest Hemingway, although what made it famous--or at least made Hemingway famously repeat it--was not the remark itself but Hemingway's reply: "Yes,...
The Unaccountables: Forget the Soldiers: The 25,000 Civilian Contractors in Iraq Are an Occupying Army Unto Themselves. Some May Have Engaged in Torture-And, by Evident Design, They Can't Be Prosecuted for Their Crimes
ONE DECEMBER NIGHT IN 2003, ADEL L. Nakhla, a chunky, broad-shouldered interpreter with a almost feminine voice, went to Cell 43 in Abu Ghraib's Tier 1A. He was accompanied by Army Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr., a reservist convicted in January...