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. 18, No. 6, June

A Conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski: After the Failure of Adventures Based on Fantasies, It's Time for a Big Dose of Reality in America's Mideast Policy. America's Most Notable Foreign Policy Realist Speaks with the Prospect
THE PREMISE OF THIS SPECIAL COLLECTION OF ARTICLES on peace in the Middle East is that all the major elements of regional conflict and cooperation are linked. These include U.S. relations with Iran, options for U.S. exit from Iraq, U.S. containment...
American Jews and the Mideast
"SHALOM CHAVER" ("GOOD-BYE, FRIEND") WAS PRESIDENT Bill Clinton's memorable refrain at slain Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin's funeral. And few things have demonstrated so clearly the profound link between the Israeli people and America as the "Shalom,...
And the Land Was Troubled for 40 Years: Even as the Six Day War Ended, Israeli Leaders Said Privately That the Occupation of Palestine Was Colonial, Racist, Illegal, and Dangerous. They Were Right. and Still It Persists
THE HILLSIDE BELOW US IS A TERRACED VINEYARD, or was until the bulldozers came. There's a sharp smell of sage and recent rain, and the steady grind of heavy machinery. It is a cold day; a Palestinian man with a black stocking cap pulled over his headscarf...
Europe and the Middle East: While Bush Has Done Nothing to Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, Europe Has Stood Idly by. It's Time for the Continent to Assert Itself
IT IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY THAT THERE WILL BE AN EQUITABLE and lasting settlement in the Middle East without the balanced and sustained involvement and leadership of the United States. As the only superpower in a world of increasingly influential lesser...
From the Executive Editor
THE MIDDLE EAST--BY ANY MEASURE, THE WORLD'S powder keg--was already beset by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of fundamentalist Islam when the Bush administration came along to add its own distinctive touch: a disastrous war that has...
Guns on the Brain: When It Comes to Gun Controls, Democrats Fall Silent. as with Many Hot-Button Social Issues, They Can't Figure out How to Reach People's Emotions. Here's How They Can Regain Their Moral Compass-And Their Power of Speech
ON APRIL 16, SEUNG-HUI CHO, A SENIOR AT Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, carried two semiautomatic pistols onto campus and killed 32 people. It was the deadliest shooting in modern American history. The following week, a nation...
Hollywood Values Save America! from Mel Gibson to Ann Coulter to Don Imus, the Backlash against Celebrity Bigots Has Rolled Eastward
AFTER RADIO SHOCK JOCK DON Imus was forced off the air for comments no worse than many he'd made over the past 35 years, his longtime sidekick, Bernard McGuirk, wondered where along the way the rules had changed. The answer was probably Malibu, California,...
Past Failures, Future Possibilities: A Lasting Peace between Israel and Palestine Cannot Be Achieved by Israelis and Palestinians. It Requires the Strong Engagement of the U.S. and the International Community
IT IS THE TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE NATURE OF THE ISRAELI" Palestinian conflict that has made it into such a protracted dispute. For it is not just a collision over territory, or a banal border dispute; it is a clash of rights and memory. The longing for...
Riyadh Revisions: Administration Policy on Saudi Arabia Has Lurched from an Excessive Embrace of the Regime to an Ill-Informed Democracy Campaign. How Can the U.S. and the Saudis Play a More Constructive Role?
IN JULY 2OO2, A RAND CORPORATION RESEARCH ANALYST named Laurent Murawiec gave a briefing on Saudi Arabia to the Defense Policy Board, a blue-ribbon group of former secretaries of defense, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and an assortment of...
Tax and Spend
A HALLMARK OF THE BUSH ERA HAS BEEN THE SYSTEMATIC assault on government. The relentless removal of public dollars has not only crippled program after program, but the politics of permanent deficit has actually impaired the Democratic imagination....
Ten Commandments for Mideast Peace: Three Former Peace Negotiators for Israel, the U.S., and Palestine Lay out a Common Plan That Could Provide the Basis for an Israeli-Palestinian Final Settlement. All That's Required Is Some Political Courage and Leadership
IT HAS BARELY BEEN NOTICED, BUT THERE HAS BEEN A change for the better in the Bush administration's thinking--or at least talking--about the Middle East. For the first time in six years, Washington is putting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations near the...
The Apprentice: Scooter Libby Was a Nice Liberal Boy until He Met Paul Wolfowitz-Who'd Been a Nice Liberal Boy till He Met Albert Wohlstetter. A Brief History of Apocalyptic Neoconservatism
"The amazing thing is that we are being taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives."--Seymour Hersh IN THE DAYS AFTER PATRICK FITZGERALD READ OUT HIS indictments of perjury and obstruction of justice against I. Lewis "Scooter"...
The Fiscal Guillotine
SHORTLY AFTER BILL CLINTON WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, he asked me to head up his economic transition team. He had promised during his campaign to "put people first" by reducing America's two deficits: the yawning budget deficit and the growing deficit...
The Iran Puzzle: The Islamic Republic Is the Most Troublesome Mideast State, but Has Signaled Its Desire to Deal with Us. How Should America Respond to Iran?
FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES, THE ENMITY BETWEEN THE United States and Iran has been an established fact of Middle East politics. At various times, both countries have attempted to transcend their animosity and arrive at mutually acceptable compacts. However,...
The Shia Fellas: How the Bush Administration and the Neocons Got into Bed with Iran's Agents in Iraq
BACK IN 2004, PRESIDENT BUSH WENT ON NBC'S MEET the Press to assure Americans that Iraq was not going to turn into an Islamist theocracy under the emerging Shia leadership. "They're not going to develop that," said Bush, noting that he'd just met...
To the Incoming President: On Iraq It's January, 2009. A Democrat Has Just Become President and Confronts One Mean Conundrum: What's the Best Way to Leave Iraq?
TO: The New President FROM: The National Security Adviser DATE: January 21, 2009 ON MAY 1, 2003, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH STOOD on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under I a banner reading "Mission Accomplished" and triumphantly proclaimed...
Whose Big Government?
THE MOST CONFUSING POLITICAL PHENOMENON OF recent times is "big-government conservatism." The lines on every graph show the same pattern: Government--whether measured by spending, the deficit, the number of employees, or earmarked appropriations--expanded...
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