The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 10, October

A Bill Weld Even Jesse Helms Could Love
Mackerel by Moonlight William Weld Simon & Schuster/238 pages / $23 REVIEWED BY Geoffrey Norman There are politicians who like to moonlight as writers of fat, commercial novels; their sights set squarely on the best seller lists, not the admiration...
About This Month
Welcome to Mark McGwire's America, by which I don't necessarily mean the one in which he hit more home runs in a single season than Babe Ruth and Roger Maris combined. I have in mind the late August Saturday when before a full house in Busch Stadium...
Be a Man
How can a thief be more honorable than Private Ryan? The e-mail that I received last month about my review of Saving Private Ryan, together with the scolding in the national press received by some of those who, like me, had reservations about the film,...
California Take-Out
CHINA'S LARGEST AEROSPACE COMPANY, CATIC, HAS BECOME QUITE THE CALIFORNIA CONGLOMERATE, DEALING IN EVERYTHING FROM AUTO PARTS TO MISSILE PARTS-WHILE U.S. CUSTOMS STANDS BY HELPLESSLY. China's rulers aren't what they used to be, as Bill Clinton and Jiang...
Corpus Delicti
A gay Jesus? There they go again. For a moment this past June, it seemed like old times. The excitement was palpable. Not since the Mapplethorpe and Serrano scandals in the late 198o's had there been so much pleasurable, politically correct indignation...
Correspondence
Trigger Happy Five words on the passing of Roy Rogers??!!! (The Continuing Crisis, TAS, September 1998) I am absolutely shocked. Because if ever there was the epitome of a right thinkin' and livin' person, it was this King of the Cowboys. I loved him-from...
Corruption's Flip Side
American media often compose one vast echo chamber, reverberating with but one or two thoughts. The thoughts that rang throughout the country in early August had to do with the Boy President's forthcoming testimony on dealings with his young understudy,...
Courting Disaster
International law: Yes. International Criminal Court: No. Back in January, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was the first member of Clinton's Cabinet to endorse the president's implausible denials. Did she really believe he had never had sexual...
Everybody Does It
Especially you know who. (But not Chester Arthur.) Everyone does it. Everyone who calls up a radio station says everyone does it. Everyone who's stopped in the street by a TV reporter says everyone does it. Everyone who goes on the late-night talk shows...
Feeling His Heat
Whew! The heat has gone up in the kitchen, as President Harry Truman was wont to say. The Clintons had been planning to cook Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's goose, but it now appears that their goose is being cooked. The political classes have done...
Geraldo Exposed
An open letter to Tom Brokaw. Dear Tom: According to a recent report in TV Guide, CNBC's house stooge Geraldo Rivera now has his eyes on your job at NBC. Though widely dismissed by intelligent human beings like you and me as a joke throughout his checkered...
Holy Cows
DEPENDING ON YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD Indian prophecies, and on how you count white buffalo, the birth of a white bison calf in southern Michigan on July 29 may be the harbinger of a new age of world peace. Spirit Walker only lived a bit over two weeks after...
In Vidia's Debt: The Price of Literary Friendship
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples VS. Naipaul Random House /408 pages / $27.95 Sir Yidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents Paul Theroux Houghton Mifflin / 288 pages / $24 REVIEWED BY David Pryce-Jones At a time...
Northern Fidelity
UNDER PRIME MINISTER JEAN CHRETIEN, CANADA HAS COME INTO ITS OWN AS A DEFENDER AND SPONSOR OF FIDEL CASTRO--ALL BECAUSE IT CAN'T STAND REMAINING LOYAL TO THE UNITED STATES. The post-Cold War period has rearranged the furniture of world politics in strange...
Operation Breakout
By sharing the wealth the GOP will triple its winnings. At nine a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, more than 200 of the 228 members of the House Republican Conference filed into the Eisenhower Room of the Capitol Hill Club two blocks from the Capitol. When...
Our Military Condition
America's armed forces have been diverted into "peacekeeping" and domestic policing, subjected to the egalitarian schemes of social engineers, aliented from civilian society, and dangerously deprived of the arms they need. What can be done? A former...
Paranoia Politics
Sidney Blumenthal's contribution to the Clinton legacy. We have heard much lately about how the Clintonites view their enemies. According to U.S. News 6 World Report columnist Gloria Borger, Hillary Clinton long resisted letting her husband give a mea...
Roots of a Scandal
While Janet Reno meditates on Al Gore's phone calls, congressional Investigators are slowly uncovering a much bigger story: how the Clinton campaign finance scandal started far earlier than anyone knew. To reporters covering the presidential campaign...
Sons and Fathers
Thursday I spent the night at my house in Malibu for once in a great while for a dismal reason. This morning I had to get up early (for me) and head up to Santa Barbara for Wlady's father's funeral. The morning was spectacularly beautiful, with a hint...
Striking Out
A foreign policy failure's latest hoax. Bill Clinton's glorious war against international terror is cut from the same doily as his glorious victories against Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, his mastery of the Middle East, his celebrated anti-proliferation...
The Aging Process; a Date with History; Fresh-Air Highs
August ends and impeachment begins! That is a fact. By the end of August Congress was taking its first formal steps to impeach the president. The Congress, alas, was that of Paraguay and the president was Paraguay's own Sr. Raul Cubas. Yet after six...
The Amway Way: Seeking the Profit of Many
An Enterprising Life: An Autobiography Jay Van Andel HarperBusiness / 234 pages / $24 REVIEWED BY John Corry No matter how great its contribution to our general well-being, business has not always done well in the court of elite opinion. Calvin Coolidge...
The Everlasting First Couple
There may soon be just one person left to cry for them. Now it is official: The president is a liar, even though he has not admitted it in so many words, and it is unlikely he ever will. Bill Clinton lives in a world constructed to his own choosing....
The Ex-Gay Movement
Homosexuals can change, Anthony Falzano says. In July, full-page ads were taken out in national newspapers, proclaiming that homosexuals can change. The San Francisco Chronicle, alone among major dailies, refused to run an advertisement. The San Francisco...
The Thinking Man's Hitler
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil Ron Rosenbaum Random House /444 pages /$30 REVIEWED BY Algis Valiunas As much as we might admire human beings of exceptional goodness we are nonetheless inclined to take them for granted. When...
To Die for Kosovo
A NATO skeptic reports from the front lines. The Balkans have been an ethnic cauldron for centuries. Only heavy-handed rule- by the Ottoman Empire and Tito's Communist dictatorship in Yugoslavia, for instance-has managed to minimize, though never eliminate,...