The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 9, September

Advancing Hillary. (Political Booknotes)
WHEN THE PRESS REPORTED that Hillary and Bill Clinton had rolled out of the White House with an assortment of flatware, end tables, solas, fish knives, soup bowls and golf clubs, even many friends were mystified. It looked so tacky. Here you have...
An Army of One? in the War on Terrorism, Alliances Aren't an Obstacle to Victory. They're the Key to It
A FEW DAYS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, I HAPPENED to be walking the halls of the Pentagon, the scene of so many contentious meetings during my years as commander of NATO forces in Europe, and ran into an old acquaintance, now a senior official. We chatted...
As the World Burns: What Will Global Warming Do to the Bush Ranch?
IN APRIL, WHEN BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair went down to Crawford, Texas, to powwow with George W. Bush, the cowboy president couldn't wait to show off his brush-clearing skills and drive Blair around his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel ranch. Nature...
Between Iraq and a Hard Place. (Letters)
On the whole, Joshua Micah Marshall ("Bomb Saddam?" June) offers a valuable analysis of the debate over whether to invade Iraq. Nevertheless, he may be giving too much credit to the "ideologues [who] have turned out to be right." First, Reagan...
Confidence Men: Why the Myth of Republican Competence Persists, despite All the Evidence to the Contrary
LET'S BE HONEST. AS UPSET AS YOU may have been in January 2001 that George W. Bush was going to be president, you had to admit he had a pretty impressive team. They had beaten a sitting vice president with seemingly every advantage; they outmuscled...
Ew, Gross! the Prissy Bioethics of Leon Kass
LABORATORY LIFE MAY SEEM AUSTEREly clean and clinical, but it is by no means genteel. Anything that involves physiological processes, from sexual reproduction to eating, is, at core, a messy affair. And though science puts forward nearly as clean...
Kibu-Ki Theater. (Political Booknotes)
I KNEW THE INTERNET EMPEROR had no clothes the day my esteemed former colleagues at Time published a cover story about how the Internet was liberating creative people from the arrogant publishing houses and record companies by enabling them to self-publish...
Left Behind. (Political Booknotes)
THE INTERNET POST-MORTEMS are coming fast and furious nowadays, from John Cassidy's trifling Dot.con to James Ledbetter's forthcoming Starving to Death on $200 Million a Year, a tell-all about The Industry Standard's fleeting hey-day. So far, this...
Pork for Prudes: How Conservatives Score, While Teaching Kids Not To
ON HIS FIRST PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN stop in South Carolina, in June 1999, George W. Bush paid a visit to an abstinence-until-marriage workshop run by Heritage Community Services, a Charleston-based nonprofit that sponsors classroom presentations...
Spin Doctors: Tommy Thompson Is Not a Bioterrorism Expert. So Why Does He Play One on TV?
AMERICAN MEDIA INC. PHOTOGRAPHER Robert L. Stevens was feeling sick when he returned home to Palm Beach, Fla., last Oct. 1 after a trip to North Carolina. By the time his wife admitted him to Palm Beach County Hospital the next morning, Stevens...
Strike Won. (Political Booknotes)
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HOLDS that America's national pastime is in danger of imminent collapse. Off the field, the sport's chronic labor problems threaten to alienate fans permanently. On the field, steroid-addled players care more about cashing their...
Tanks for the Memories. (Political Booknotes)
FIELD GENERALS, THE COMMANders who actually lead battles, don't get much glory nowadays. Take the war in Afghanistan. Do you know the name of the officer who was directly in charge of the ground operations there, including the battle in March entailing...
Terrrism and the English Language: This Year's Crop of Books Offers Thrills over Insight
WE ARE COMPLEX AND SHADOWY IN a growing worldwide network. The Hamburg and Brooklyn cells are closely linked. Our translator drives, curling dagger and pager on his century-old embroidered belt. Clue: Sleepers are friendly but standoffish. Over...
The New Anti-Americanism: In Greece and around the World, They Used to Hate Us for Our Policies. Now They Hate Us for Our Values
IN SIMPLER TIMES, ANTI-AMERICANISM was easy to grasp. Outside Marxist quarters, the United States was denounced primarily for its self-serving hypocrisies. Washington claimed, instance, to support liberal democracy but allied itself with dictators....
Tilting at Windmills
"QUEER" IS NOW THE TERM favored by gay men and lesbians, according to Holland Cotter of The New York Times. The trend has been going that way for at least a decade. I hope it continues. I have no opinion about the word "queer," but I'd love to see...
Trying Patience. (Polital Booknotes)
THE EXHAUSTED VETERANS OF America's jury-duty circuit know a nasty little secret about the way our justice system works. Ask the math teachers, secretaries, dentists, and other innocuous individuals who get impaneled time and time again about how...
We Break for Cars. (Letters)
Tyler Cabot ("The Tow-Away Tax Break," June) concludes that "with each car towed in the name of charity, donors benefit greatly, fundraisers obscenely, and the poor only occasionally" However, this is not always the case. The Working Cars for Working...
When School Choice Isn't: This Fall, Millions of Kids Have the Right to Leave Failing Schools. Too Bad There's Nowhere Else for Them to Go
CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IS A typical troubled school in the down-on-its-luck working-class town of Zion, Ill. Located an hour north of Chicago near Lake Michigan on the Wisconsin border, Zion's religious origins and former glory are still apparent...
Who's Who
Traditionally, the second November of any presidential administration is when new talent begins to cycle in and old hands start to cycle out--or get forced out. So who among the Bush administration might be heading back to the private sector this...