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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, April

AGSCAM: The New World Money Order; the Department of Agriculture's Long, Dirty Dance with a Dictator
Mark Feldstein is a correspondent with CNN's Special Assignment" investigative reporting team in Washington, Research assistance was provided by John Gould. As the Bush administration toasted its military victory over a ruthless third world dictator,...
Casualties of War
Think about it: Saddam's threat to the region ended, the price of oil stabilized, Arabs kissing Americans in the streets of Kuwait City. Three hundred twenty-three American troops dead-a tragedy, certainly, but in relative terms a miracle. Do we at...
On the Home Front: All Glory, No Guts. for Most of Americans, Freeing Kuwait Was Just Another Free Ride
James Fallows is the Washington editor of The Atlantic and a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly. This piece is an expansion of a commentary the author did for National Public Radio. During the six weeks of combat in the Persian Gulf,...
Paradigm Lost; the Shortcomings of the Small-Town Solution
Nicholas Lemann is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly. contributing editor of The Washington Monthly. * The Quest for Community. Rober Nisbet. ICS Press, $10.95. Every time a president...
Pennies from Heaven; It's Time for Uncle Sam to Pass the Collection Plate
Elizabeth Lesly is a business writer in Albany, New York. When Joyce Siegrist's coven, Our Lady of the Roses Wiccan Church, was granted tax-exempt status by the state of Rhode Island in 1989, she was elated. The 40-member congregation is now saving...
Sand Trap; U.S. Diplomacy Did Work: It Got Us into War
James Bennet is an editor of the Washington Monthly. Research assistance was provided by Elliott Beard and Deborah Yavelak Sieff. Historians will no doubt debate for decades the what ifs of the fierce war of signals leading up to January 16, and...
Size Doesn't Matter; Getting over Our Big-Ship Envy
Scott Shuger is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly. * This People's Navy: The Making of American Seapower. Kenneth J. Hagan. Free Press. $27.95. In concluding that the battleship Iowa explosion could only have been the result of...
The Keating 535; Charles Keating Did Us a Favor: He Showed Us How to Clean Up American Campaigns
Andrew Bates works for the Political Hotline, a daily political wire service. Charles Keating did us a favor: He showed us bow to clean up American campaigns. "One of the reasons there is so much support for term limitations is that the American...
Unsheik; the Coming Obsolescence of Oil
Gregg Easterbrook is a contributing editor of Newsweek, The Atlantic, and The Washington Monthly. * The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. Daniel Yergin. Simon & Schuster, $27.50. I've got 20 bucks that says: One hundred years...
Wham, Bam, Thanks Saddam; Sorry for the Mess We Left Behind
Katherine Boo is an editor of The Washington Monthly. Research assistance was provided by Deborah Yavelak Sieff. The headless corpse of one of the [Iraqi] soldiers was on its back a short distance from the truck. Another body was wedged inside the...