The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 10, October

Blind Data; Why the Life's Gone out of the Government's Vital Statistics
Among the millions of documents spewed forth each year by the federal government is a glossy, 692-page tome from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) called Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives....
Empire of the Son; How George Bush Rewrote the Book on the Imperial Presidency
Time magazine asked the question with a cover story marking the anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait: WAS IT WORTH IT? By any meaningful standard, the answer is no. There was no true liberation of Kuwait, no restoration of human rights in...
Hoover Damned; Exposing the Ultimate G-Man - and Finding the Ultimate Bureaucrat
Curt Gentry, best known as a writer for his coauthored account of the Charles Manson celebrity/cult murders, devoted 15 years' labor to take his place among the biographers of Hoover. His book is generally a pleasure to read. Its contributions to...
How Congress Won the War in the Gulf
On January 20, 1991, as George Bush informed the nation in his State of the Union address that our military would prevail in the Gulf war, the TV cameras trained in on four particularly solemn members of the audience: the military's service chiefs,...
Inherit the Mint; How Edward Bennett Williams Made Legal Prostitution Respectable
Michael Milken, the junk bond king, looked stricken. The Justice Department was closing in on the empire he had built out of vision, guile, and larceny. Frightened, Milken had done what many powerful men had done when they had a serious problem....
Socialized Medicine Now - without the Wait
By now, you've seen a million stories on the Canadian health care system, and perhaps even read a few. If so, you've discovered that they all apply the same formula. First, like a slap in the face, comes the horror story: In Orange County, California,...