The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 12, December

Edible Complex
This year marks the 20th birthday of one of New York's most flavorful institutions -- the Vatican of Vichyssoise, the Pantheon of Porcini, the Alhambra of Arugula: Dean & Deluca. With "you eat with your eyes first" as its mantra, the store's carefully...
Liberalism's Flagship Adrift at Sea
For the past eight decades, The New Republic has considered itself the foremost political journal of left-leaning intellectual thought. And, at various times during that period, a not insubstantial portion of the Washington establishment has agreed....
National Security for Sale
In November of 1991, Thomas Neff had a stroke of genius. A year earlier, the once-fearsome Soviet empire had abruptly collapsed into a heap of disordered republics; and while this epic event was greeted with sighs of relief by most Americans, nuclear...
Silent Witness
When the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee called Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to testify in its campaign finance hearings this October, it looked as though Republicans might have at long last found a smoking gun in the Democratic fund-raising...
The Peacemaker
For Robert Gallucci, assistant of secretary of state for politico-military affairs, the spring of 1994 had an eerie and disturbing resemblance to historian Barbara Tuchman's account of "the guns of August," when, in the summer of 1914, World War I...
What the White House Tapes Really Show
Once upon a time there was a tiny organization within the United States War Department known as the White House Signal Detachment. Created in December 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the White House Signal Detachment wasn't even a real agency...