The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 11, November

America's Virtual Empire: U.S. Soldiers Are Great Warriors, but Unwilling Imperial Guards. If We Want to Secure Our Interests, We Must Draw on Other Sources of Power
Last March, somewhere in Kuwait, the troops of the 101st Airborne Division gathered the last of their gear onto trucks that would carry them into war. They were a magnificent sight. All in uniform, taut and fit, talking quietly; their weapons slung...
Bork Chop: The Good Judge Has Gone Global
Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges By Robert H. Bork AEI Press, $25.00 A professor once told me that one of the key lessons of history is never to bet on the apocalypse. Somebody better tell Judge Bork! In three grimly titled books--The...
Corps Voters: For over Two Decades, the Bond between the GOP and the U.S. Military Has Been Getting Stronger. since the Invasion of Iraq, That May Be Changing
The Jacksonville unit of the North Carolina National Guard held its mobilization ceremony on the lawn of the local armory during an unseasonably chilly day last month, and even the town cut-up came, a shambolic, gray bearded, big bellied man. He was...
Franklin, My Dear ... the Limits of Political Friendship
Franklin & Winston: an Intimate Portrait of a Epic Friendship By Jon Meacham Random House, $29.95 Both were born in the most privileged circles of their respective countries, at a time when the British and American elites were more closely intertwined,...
Hidden Assets: A New Window into the FDR White House
That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt By Robert H. Jackson Oxford University Press, $30.00 In the late 1940s, Robert Jackson, a Supreme Court Justice, decided to write a book about FDR and recount his experiences in Washington...
Kill Bill: The Relentless Effort to Blame 9/11 on President Clinton
Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror By Richard Miniter Regnery Publishing, $27.95. Losing bin Laden might be thought of as the pilot for a series to be called CSI: Right "Wing Conspiracy." In the book, British journalist...
Meanwhile in America
The journey of a thousand miles begins with bad news--Johnny Cash is dead. BILL, GEORGE, ANYONE BUT YOU JOHNNY! I'm moving back to my old stomping grounds--Portland, Oregon. All the way up I-5 I fiddle with the radio dial, but I go 500 miles...
Radio Free D.C.: News, Traffic, Weather, Whiny Bureaucrats
Every Monday morning for the past 18 months, Mike Causey and Marlis Majerus have sat down in a small studio on the third floor of a nondescript office building in Northwest Washington to broadcast a live show on Federal News Radio. Causey and Majerus's...
Sad Little Rich Country: While American Life Is Getting Better, We Aren't Getting Happier
The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse By Gregg Easterbrook Random House, $24.95 Gregg Easterbrook is frustrated. He is certain that life is getting better for Americans and many others. He knows that we are living better...
Spinning Hurricane Isabel: The Ideological Significance of Fallen Trees
On a beautiful fall morning, not long after I Hurricane Isabel blew through the Washington area, a shuttle bus trundled down a street in suburban Maryland where most residents had been without electricity for several days running. Inside the bus, a...
Team Player
It turns out that an engineer named Rodney Rocha was the leading white hat of the Columbia shuttle story. At a meeting of NASA and contract engineers five days after the Columbia launch, to assess potential damage from the broken-off foam, the participants...
The Running Men: How Candidates Decide to Run for President Reveals How Prepared They Are to Win
Campaign chronicles, the spiritual descendants of Teddy White's trail-blazing The Making of the President, have sadly become a dying genre. No matter how beautifully crafted and meticulously researched, these now-it-can-be-told political narratives,...
The Weakest Link: Why the Bush Administration Insists against All Evidence on an Iraq-Al Qaeda Connection
After weeks of plummeting public support for his handling of postwar Iraq, President Bush took the offensive last month. In a barrage of speeches, Bush and his senior ,aides argued fervently that the invasion was justified and the United States was...