The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 11, November

B.S. Economics: While Cash-Strapped Universities Cut Teachers, Classes, and Whole Departments, They're Ignoring All Those Managers in the Office of Public Relations
Yale and Washington University in St. Louis don't have a whole lot in common-that is, until you look at their ledgers, Last year, both universities laid plans to lop off entire academic departments to help keep the rest of the ship afloat. But their...
Eavesdroppings: From the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra, the CIA Has a Sorry Legacy. but We Need It All the Same
Imagine having at your disposal, to spend as you please, the rough equivalent of the book value of the General Motors Corporation. Imagine having sufficient pocket change to pay most of the nation's uninsured hospital bills. Or an annual income equal...
Gays in Arms: Can Gays in the Military Work? in Countries around the World, They Already Do
Maybe Fort Bragg cadet Hallie Weinstein would have been better off if she had agreed to date the captain who asked her out. Once spurned, he began snooping into Weinstein's private life and reported to her superiors that she was a lesbian, a revelation...
No Truth, No Consequences: If Congress Wants to Discourage Testifiers from Lying, Maybe It Should Ask Them to Tell the Truth
Before politicians take office, they are sworn in. Before witnesses testify in court, they pledge honesty. New citizens must swear their allegiance to the flag. High school students filling out college applications must attest to their truthfulness....
Plains Talk: What Jimmy Carter's First Bid for Public Office Tells Us about Politics Today
Here's a surprise. Of course a book by Jimmy Carter* would be serious and high-minded, But this book is also well-written, sometimes funny, intelligent without being preachy, and canny about practical politics in a way that Carter himself, as president,...
See No Evil, Make No Policy: A Former State Department Insider Reveals How His Bosses Ignored Atrocities in Yugoslavia and Stayed a Step Behind the Journalists
The Bush administration pronouncements on the Yugoslav crisis between February and August exhibited the worst sort of hypocrisy. I know; I wrote them. For seven months, in addition to other duties, I was responsible for drafting most public statements...
Split Decision
If George Bush's decision in 1988 to put Dan QuayIe one cardiac arrest away from the presidency gave you heart palpitations of your own, you might wonder why our system does not inquire into the will of the voters when it comes to the bottom half of...
The Advertising Agency: How the CIA Flouted the Law Using Madison Avenue Techniques to Arm-Twist for the Contras
One muggy August day in 1983, five advertising executives entered the stately Old Executive Office Building next to the White House and walked to the security checkpoint where uniformed officers handed them temporary clearance badges. The executives...
The New Writers' Bloc: They've Got Attitude, Humor, and an Eye for Detail. but Could Journalism's New Stylists Do More?
6 Last winter, Spy magazine opened a Washington bureau with the expected agenda. Its arch, warts-and-all journalism, heretofore largely limited to Hollywood and New York illuminati, would be brought to bear, just in time for the campaign, on national...
Wild Pitch: George Will Strikes out against Term Limits
No one brings more zeal to a cause than a recent convert. George Will, once a foe of term limits, is now firmly on board the bandwagon. In his new book*, Will conjures up so many arguments for curbing congressional terms, the reader wonders how he...
Workers Stiffed: Death and Injury Rates among America's Workers Soar, and the Government Has Never Cared Less
On his best day, Stephen King couldn't have made this up: Homer Stull, a 20year-old kid working the graveyard shift in June 1991 at Liberal, Kansas's National Beef packing plant, died in a tank of cattle blood. He was cleaning a filter atop a 20-foothigh...