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. 37, No. 3, April

All Ears
THE CAPTAIN RENAULTS OF OLD EUROPE expressed "shock" in late February over allegations that the British had bugged the conversations of U.N. secretary General Kofi Annan. Tony Blair responded by saying (a) the UK abides by domestic law; (b) Great Britain...
Correspondence
Must ReadingEvery subscriber to The American Spectator who did not carefully read all eight pages of "Freedom of Speech Now Illegal" by "Spencer Roane" (TAS, February 2004) should be put on probation unless they immediately rectify this sad situation...
Disabling America
Disabling America FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression by Jim Powell (Crown Forum, 352 pages, $27.50) Reviewed by Colby CoshFDR's Folly is, as the title suggests, a prosecution brief against the New Deal. Don't pick...
Going Places
MONDAYTRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL. It is the last week in February of 2004. So far, since New Year's Eve, I have been to New York City on two trips, to Australia (which is great but had a lot of angry looking Moslems staring at me), to Washington, D.C, three...
Good Questions
IN THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR'S TRADITION of presenting all sides of the conservative cause, we include herein at least one piece which will provoke some of our readers and supporters to inquire of our motives. We pride ourselves on adhering to no single...
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs-And Surveys
FROM ALL OUTWARD APPEARANCES, Friday, March 5, 12004, was not a good day for President Bush. It was reported that non-farm payroll employment increased by only 21,000 in February, well below the consensus forecast of 125,000.Despite the fact that the...
Kerry Catholicism
CATHOLICISM POSES A MORE SERIOUS and ironic political problem for John F. Kerry than it did for the first JFK. Kennedy merely faced suspicion from non-Catholics, whereas Kerry faces outright resistance from fellow Catholics. They rightly deplore Kerry's...
Kerry Veeps
Anyone out there who can make him look good?JOHN KERRY WILL LIKELY PICK his vice-presidential running mate in May, two months before the Democratic convention opens in Boston. The downside is that an early decision will eliminate the one element of suspense...
Lenten Gibson
IT WOULD PROBABLY BE VAIN OF ME to suppose that MeI Gibson read my article in these illustrious pages last month. Since I was writing about the spiritual need to re-emphasize the importance of Lent among America's Christians, it would appear that the...
Lonely Are the Brave
Lonely Are the Brave A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country by Benjamin Weiser (Public Affairs, 383 pages, $27.50) Reviewed by Joseph ShattanA Secret Life is really two books in one. The first...
Mein Kampf II
Mein Kampf II Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, edited by Gerhard L. Weinberg (Enigma Books, 300 pages, $32) Reviewed by Andrew RobertsIT IS A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT that in 1928 Adolf Hitler wrote a sequel to Mein...
Neoconservatism Is Not Reaganism
Would Ronald Reagan have attacked Iraq?FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the U.S. has undertaken a remarkably ambitious foreign policy-one radically different from the philosophy on which President Bush campaigned and a notable departure from the classic...
Passionate about Evolution
EVOLUTION STIRS UP GREAT PASSIONS, as I have found over the years. Something basic is at stake, so it's not surprising. Were we created by an Intelligent Designer-God? Or did atoms and molecules whirl themselves of their own accord into conscious life?...
Silent about Rush
WASHINGTONREALLY, IT IS NOT VERY AMAZING that a government vendetta has been launched against Rush Limbaugh, the very successful and gifted talk show host. Governments have attempted to suppress criticism for centuries. The Founding Fathers were acutely...
The Continuing Crisis
February recedes and after the first week of March it is apparent that the Democrats have a frontrunner destined for their presidential nomination with only the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Hon. Dennis Kucinich, and a heavily sedated Dr. Howard Dean still in...
The POWs Speak
THE VIETNAM WAR brought out the best and the worst of America, but we've never really agreed which was which. That's a problem for John Kerry, who played a minor role on one side, then a major role on the other, and now wants to take credit for both....
The Ultimate (Secret) Source
A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR AMERICAN SPECTATOR SUBSCRIBERS FROM THE DESK OF R. EMMETT TYRRELLWant to know a secret? Well, my friend, then today is your lucky day. Because today I'm going to share with you a little-known, but vital source of the world's...
The War without End
America's forgotten war in Colombia-or more precisely, the State Department's bungled war.IMAGINE AMERICANS PUTTING UP WITH A WAR 40 YEARS IN DURATION. To a people whose patience started to fray within weeks, if not days, of our military victory in Iraq,...
The Woman in Kerry's Future
WASHINGTONDO MY EYES DECEIVE ME? The morning after Super Tuesday expired with a burst of fireworks enhaloing the hunk of granite that is John Kerry's head, Sen. Hillary Clinton-still the most popular Democrat in the country-pops up at Washington's Mayflower...
Weapons of Conventional Destruction
Forget the WMD dispute-Saddam Hussein left a country armed to the teeth and consequently a very dangerous place.AT 4:45 P.M., ON AUGUST 19 OF LAST YEAR, a mad bomber drove a cement truck packed with explosives down a dusty road and straight into the...
We Can Get Along
Reflections on Europe and the U.S.SPENDING TIME TALKING to European politicians and journalists makes you want to sing a paraphrase of the Kingston Trio's old Merry Minuet: The Germans hate the British, and the British hate the Dutch, the French hate...
Why Not Be Anti-Semiotic?
THE LATE PROFESSOR GEOFFREY SHEPHERD of the University of Birmingham in England, at whose feet I sat for a time back in the 1970s, once observed that for medieval Christians the central event in human history had not been the Crucifixion but the Harrowing...
Winter Dreams
Why Catholics aren't yet part of the Republican baseIN EARLY FEBRUARY, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn was organizing a citywide rally against homosexual marriage. At the time Flynn wasn't predicting just that the event would draw huge crowds. He predicted...
With This Ring
NOT LONG AGO, while working at a small bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I met the girl I will soon marry. She worked in the cafe nestled off in the corner of the store, and I spent days pining away for her without ever getting up the courage to...