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. 15, No. 4, April

Cheese Louise
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST trend in Republican thinking, if Ric Keller, the 39-year-old two-term representative from Orlando, Florida, is a little pudgy (and he is), he's got no one to blame but himself. And if your kids are fatties, too, well then, it's...
Fear Factor: Our Hype-Driven Culture Thrives on Confusing Reality with Fantasy and on Making Us Afraid That We're Making the Wrong Choice. Sounds a Lot like the Bush Re-Election Campaign
FOR A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS--THOSE WHO DID NOT vote for George W. Bush the first time--democracy has failed to deliver on its promise that the candidate with the most votes wins. And those who voted for the president--a minority--did not get what they...
Gone Fishin'
SHORTLY AFTER THE NAVY destroyer USS Cole was bombed off the shore of Yemen on October 12, 2000, killing 17 American sailors, George W. Bush said he'd take a strong stand against terrorism if elected president. "I want our nation to develop an anti...
Good Work
More than two decades ago, the Nobel Prize--winning economist Wassily Leontief imagined a world where productivity was so high that machines would produce all physical goods. There would be just one manufacturing job: the human worker who flipped the...
Handle with Care: Iraq We've Invaded. North Korea We Won't. That Leaves Iran, Where Most People Are Eager for Change-But Not the Kind That Current U.S. Policy Would Deliver. Here's a Smarter Way
"YOU DID A GREAT THING!" With that unexpected greeting from an Iranian diplomat in New York last December, my trip to Iran began to take shape. A few months earlier I had published a book that tells how, in 1953, the CIA deposed Iran's last democratic...
Immigration Conflagration: Bush's Guest-Worker Plan Was a Clumsy Attempt to Pander to Hispanics. It Didn't Please Them, and Now Border-State Conservatives Are Up in Arms
PEOPLE EITHER LOVE TOM TANCREDO, the Republican representative from Colorado's 6th District (home of Columbine High School), or they hate him. But they all agree on one thing: He is a man of character. Indeed, he has defined his political career by...
Injudicious: The Senate Judiciary Committee Has Long Been Partisan, but with Recess Appointments and the GOP Stealing Computer Files, It's Now Also Rigged
WITH CIVIL RIGHTS, REPRODUCTIVE rights, environmental protections, workers' rights, and yes, even the presidency (see Bush v. Gore) at stake, it's no surprise that the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is a hot spot for politics--not the handshaking...
Kerry's Women: Mary Beth Cahill Is Just the Best Known of Four Women Calling the Shots for Team Kerry (a Presidential-Level First). They Guided His Primary Comeback; Now Comes the Hard Part
WHEN THE OLD BOY'S CLUB KICKED INTO GEAR IN EAST LOS Angeles in 1998, Mary Beth Cahill, then executive director of Emily's List, took action. Nine-term Representative Esteban Edward Torres announced he was retiring from his seat in a safe Democratic...
Liberalism's Lost Script: Democrats Used to Thrive on Hollywood Endings. Today, Liberalism Is More like a Dark, Complicated Novel. It's Time to Go Back to Making Movies
LATELY, TRYING TO DETERMINE EXACTLY how we became embroiled in Iraq has become a kind of intellectual parlor game. Was it oil? Settling old scores? Diverting attention from terrorism? Fulfilling the neoconservative agenda? There is probably some...
Misoverestimated: Yes, the Hard-Liners Have Outflanked and Humiliated Colin Powell. but Don't Feel Sorry for Him. He Has No One to Blame but Himself
IN JULY 2003, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH MADE A five-nation tour of Africa. The purpose of the visit was to cast American foreign policy in a gentler light after the diplomatic donnybrook over Iraq--by, among other things, showcasing the Bush administration's...
Our (or Their) Man in Baghdad
EVER WONDER WHERE the neocons got all their crazy notions? That Iraq was awash in weapons of mass destruction? That Americans would be welcomed as liberators in tableaux reminiscent of 1944 France? That the nation could be converted, presto change-o,...
Reaching to the Choir: Think All Evangelicals Are Right-Wingers? Don't Believe Everything You Read. Just as Many Are Politically Moderate. Can Democrats Win Their Votes? God Only Knows, It's Worth a Try
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, 60 MINUTES' MORLEY SAFER PORTRAYED white evangelical Christians as the carnies of American Protestantism. Nine million viewers tuned in and saw shots of vast "megachurch" congregations swaying hypnotically and raising their hands...
Road Nap: Bush Has Been a Friend to Israel-Rhetorically. but Look at the Record: A Disengaged America and an Israel Far Less Safe Than It Was Four Years Ago
HERE'S THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM, stated at a sadly conventional Israeli news event: "With respect to Israel, [George W.] Bush has been one of the best presidents we have ever had." The speaker was James Tisch, chairman of the Conference of Presidents...
Social Security's Zealous Raider
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a playful spoof pretending that the top Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee had proposed capping the income tax at $50,000 in earnings, with everything above that tax-free. Although GOP affection for...
Strange Embedfellows
WASHINGTON POST STAFF writer Jim VandeHei is pounding the campaign trail alongside John Kerry, casting a critical, journalistic eye on the candidate. But how come his articles often read like Republican National Committee spin? One particularly...
The Wrong Target: The Newly Created Intelligence Commission Is Supposed to Find out How We Blew It So Badly on Iraq. It Wants to Focus on the Spooks, but the Real Culprits Here Are the Pols
ON FEBRUARY 5, 2003, AS U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN Powell tried to convince the United Nations Security Council of the need for war against Iraq, in a quiet Baghdad neighborhood half a world away, Mahdi Obeidi watched Al-Jazeera intently as Powell's...
Truth Squad: The Embattled 9-11 Commission Has Two Jobs: Get the Facts Right and Figure out Exactly Who Failed When. the Bush Administration Doesn't Seem So Keen on That Second Part
THE RUMORS BEGAN ALMOST AT ONCE. It was 10:06 a.m. on September 11, 2001, when United Airlines' Flight 93--the last of the four hijacked jets--plowed into a field in rural Pennsylvania. Within hours the coffeehouses of the Arab world were abuzz...
W.'s Second Term
Musings about a second Bush term typically assume another four years of the same right-wing policies we've had to date. But it'd likely be far worse. So far, the Bush administration has had to govern with the expectation of facing American voters again...
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