The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, March

America's Warlords: Up Close with the U.S. Military Regional Commanders Who Run the World
THE MISSION: America's Military in the Twenty-First Century by Dana Priest Norton & Co., $26.95 WHEN PEOPLE SPOKE OF AN American "empire" in the 1990s, they mainly used the term as a metaphor. The Soviet Union was gone; formerly communist economies...
Better Living through Chemistry: DDT Could Save Millions of Africans from Dying of Malaria-If Only Environmentalists Would Let It
BY MOST MEASURES, UGANDA IS ONE of the success stories of African development. Under President Yoweri Museveni, a former guerrilla and darling of the international donor community, Uganda has achieved GDP growth of 6 percent per year, gradually expanding...
Bias Schmias
WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA? The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman Basic Books, $25.00 THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK under review has stated in his MSNBC weblog that he dislikes me personally. Some might conclude that I should pass up this assignment,...
First Draft: The Battle to Create Universal National Service Has Just Started Here's How It Can Be Won
IN JANUARY, AS U.S. TROOPS MASSED FOR A possible war with Iraq, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) proposed something no lawmaker had done in years: legislation to reinstitute the draft idea sparked several weeks of lively debate in the halls of government,...
Food Fight
SAFE FOOD: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism by Marion Nestle University of California Press, $27.50 IN THE ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY OF the American meat industry, few moments stand out quite like the day in 1999 when Rosemary Mucklow, director...
Giving Mirth: For Todays Women Writers, Balancing Work and Family Is Agony. for Jean Kerr, It Was an Art Form
JEAN KERR WAS THE EPITOME OF THE GREAT gal, back in an era of great gals. With her best-selling book, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, she created a persona that was competent, funny, self-assured, calm in the face of domestic emergency, unapologetically...
G.I. Woe: Three Years Ago, George W. Bush Charged That U.S. Troops Were Being Intolerably Overburdened. Today, Our Men and Women in Uniform Are Stretched Even Thinner-And It's about to Get Much Worse
DURING THE FALL OF 1999, GEORGE W. Bush, then the governor of Texas and a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, introduced what would become a staple of his stump speech over the following year. Appearing at The Citadel military...
Hayes's Ride: In 1876, a Democratic Candidate Won the Presidency, but, through a Lack of Nerve Lost the Recount. Sound Familiar?
FRAUD OF THE CENTURY: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876 by Roy Morris Jr. Simon & Schuster, $27.00 THROUGHOUT THOSE REMARKABLE 37 days that followed Election Day, 2000, as the struggle for the presidency moved...
Hitler's Handlers
WHAT HITLER KNEW: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy by Zachary Shore Oxford University Press, $29.95 JUST WHAT ARE SADDAM HUSSEIN and Kim Jong-II up to? Zachary Shore's new book, What Hitler Knew, reminds those seeking an answer...
Minority Report
THE SOURCE OF THE RIVER: The Social Origins of Freshman at America's Colleges and Universities by Douglas s. Masse, Camille Z. Charles, Garvey F. Lundy, and Mary J. Fischer Princeton University Press, $29.95 THERE ARE IN THIS WORLD A few blessed...
"Oreo" Nation
INTERRACIAL INTIMACIES: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption by Randall Kennedy Pantheon Books, $30.00 THREE DECADES AGO, DURING my final undergraduate semester, I ventured south to visit the graduate school I'd decided to attend. Upon returning...
Rove Rage
BOY GENIUS: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, Carl M. Cannon Public Affairs, $15.99 IF KARL ROVE WERE A STOCK, this might be a good time to short him. It's not that I think he's...
Saddam's Serb Supplier: How Our Last Enemy Has Been Arming Our Next One
LAST OCTOBER, SEVERAL DOZEN American troops assembled outside an anonymous new low-rise factory building a half-empty industrial park on the out-skirts of Bijeljina, a small town in north-eastern Bosnia. The owner of the factory, a firm called Orao,...
The New American Dream: The Economy Will Prosper Again When More Americans Can Do the Work They Love. the Party That Realizes This First Wins
THE DEBATE OVER THE NATION'S economic policies has become so vacuous and out of touch that it's alarming. The Republicans look eerily like the party of Calvin Coolidge, with a tax cut on corporate dividends masquerading as their catch-all solution...
Tilting at Windmills
HOW FICTITIOUS IS THE UPWARD mobility that is supposed to be part of the American dream? The subject was most recently raised by the movie Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez plays a hotel chambermaid who snares a rich, aristocratic politician...
U.S. Troops in Bosnia: Wimpier Even Than the French
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has committed itself to prosecuting Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking Iraqi Ba'athist leaders before a war crimes tribunal like that established for the former Yugoslavia. But America's unwillingness to follow through on...
What Ever Happened to National Service? How a Bush Policy Pledge Quietly Disappeared
ON JAN. 29, 2002, PRESIDENT BUSH stood before Congress and delivered to a shaken nation the first State of the Union speech after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In that speech, Bush acknowledged that through the brave example of America's response...
Who's Who
It took new Treasury Secretary John Snow little time to start complaining about the media. Why? Because his golfing prowess had been misreported. He used his Senate nomination hearing to "correct the record in a very major wax" refuting reports by...