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. 6, July/August

After Greenspan, What Standard?
PRESIDENT BUSH REAPPOINTED ALAN GREENSPAN as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board last May. The board is made up of seven members nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to fill 14-year terms (even the chairman must fill one of these...
A Great Gentleman
WASHINGTONTHE OLD COWBOY IS GONE. The oldest man ever to be elected president lived on to be the oldest ex-president, and we who were his friends and allies have lived on to hear him praised in the media's eulogies for his achievements and even for his...
A Touch of Evil
IN ITS OBITUARY OF THE 40TH PRESIDENT, the New York Times wrote, "It was Mr. Reagan's good fortune that during his time in office the Soviet Union was undergoing profound change, eventually to collapse." It seems strange now but is worth remembering...
Berlin Encounters
MY FRIEND ALICE KELLY, a producer for ZDF German television in Washington, had just told me about spending vacation with Mel and Hexi in London. Mel sat in the corner, clipping and marking what seemed to be an endless number of newspapers, chatting away,...
Bye, Al
A former Vietnam POW, he lived and sailed in Pensacola.HE CONTACTED ME-BY E-MAIL-After he'd received my daughter's wedding invitation. "Damn right I'll be there," Al said. "You want me to pick up some crabs and a bushel of oysters when I come through...
Coming Clean
WEDNESDAYHERE I AM IN CHICAGO. It is a cloudy, slightly drizzly day, and I am on an endlessly long walk with my old comrade in arms, John R. Coyne, Jr. He, Aram Bakshian, and I all occupied a suite of offices at the Old Executive Office Building next...
Correspondence
TreasureIn the process of straightening up a cluttered office last week, I came across the October 2003 issue of your magazine, which I had never read. Ergo this much belated rave from this reader for Renata Adler's brilliant article on the New York...
Current Wisdom
New York TimesThe mental disorder that is Progressive Thought quivers and blinks on the apologetic pages of the venerable Times:In June 1983, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, then prime minister of Poland, received Pope John Paul II at the Belvedere Palace...
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror by Douglas Farah (Broadway Books, 225 pages, $24.95) Reviewed by John CorryAs DOUGLAS FARAH SAYS, apparently correctly, he was "often far ahead of what U.S. intelligence agencies...
Duel Loyalty
Duel Loyalty Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press, 818 pages, $35)IF NOT FOR HIS VISAGE ON THE $10 BILL, Alexander Hamilton would be only dimly remembered by the average American. Of all the framers, few did more, but many rate far higher...
Equality Equals Death
NIGHTLINE CALLED THE ORGIES AND TORTURE in the unisex units at Abu Ghraib "a twisted tribute to gender integration in the U.S. military." Host Ted Koppel observed that "you have only to look at those leering thumbs-up photographs with naked Iraqi prisoners...
Ever the Wonderboy
Ever the Wonderboy The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators, and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry. By Steven F. Hayward (Regnery Publishing, 272 pages, $27.95)MEA CULPA: I was one of...
Global Gospels
LONDON'S HISTORIC LAMBETH PALACE, home for Archbishops of Canterbury since the 14th century, does not normally provide a forum for debating hot political and economic topics on the agenda of the business community. Yet on a recent balmy summer evening...
Lasting Kelly
Lasting Kelly Things Worth Fighting For: Collected Writings by Michael Kelly (The Penguin Press, 426 pages, $26.95)ONE DAY IN 1998," Michael Kelly wrote in November 2002, "I was invited to have an off-the-record chat with an important staff person on...
Mixed Signals
Mixed Signals For Intelligence: For a More Secure America by William E. Odom (Yale University Press, 230 pages, $25.95)THIS IS THE BEST SHORT BOOK on its particular subject: how our national intelligence community can be organized more effectively. It...
Namedropper
Namedropper The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It [sic] Corrupts Democracy by David Brock (Crown, 432 pages, $25.95) Reviewed by Adam DaifallahAVID BROCK THINKS AMERICA has been duped. How else to explain the popularity of talk radio...
Our Giant
WHEN RONALD REAGAN was nearing the end of his presidency, he quipped to his staff that he had come to Washington to change the country, but was leaving having changed the world. As obituaries and reminiscences are written, as the commentators reflect...
Pooh-Pewing
LIBERAL COMMENTATORS WERE QUICK to dismiss the new Pew Research Center study that found that five times more journalists say they are liberal than say they are conservative. Nation columnist Eric Alterman, author of a book called What Liberal Media?,...
Reagan on the Rock
WASHINGTONREAGANITES OF LONG MEMORY, recalling all the wailing and gnashing of teeth that the liberal intelligentsia displayed while the 40th president of the United States restored the economy and made ready the embalming of communism, are by now agreeably...
Relighting the Tobacco Wars
Government has become to tar and nicotine money.THE TOBACCO WARS MAY SEEM PASSE NOW; as rapidly aging a part of the '90s as flannel shirts, grunge rock, and the Macarena. But for a time it captured the imagination of the media and the general public...
RONALD WILSON Reagan
RONALD REAGAN HAS FINALLY BEEN FREED FROM THE DARK and lonely silent shroud that had imprisoned his spirit and silenced his voice for over ten years. What a perversely cruel purgatory for such a gregarious and brilliantly communicative man.We now grieve...
Scenes from the Life
A journalist completes his Reagan photo album.Snapshot 1WE'RE CLOSE TO THE STAGE, MY FATHER AND I, in a large open lot adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm, the Southern California amusement park founded by the conservative farmer and businessman Walter Knott....
The Continuing Crisis
Ever the showman, Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, bid his earthly confines adieu on the weekend of the 20th anniversary of one of his most memorable public orations, his Normandy memorial to "the boys of Pointe du Hoc." He was...
The Cult of Seymour Hersh
The New Yorker's "hot" reporter turns out to be a balding conspiratorial anti-American retread.CHARACTER ASSASSINATION. A Simplistic moral universe in which the US. is the villain and Israel the only country yet more villainous. Anonymous sources that...
The Great War on Militant Islam
You may have heard it called "The War on Terror." Let's kidding ourselves.Allahu akbar!IT HAS BECOME A DRUMBEAT, a soundtrack of atrocity. Allahu akbar! God is great! Not a celebration of divine bounty and mercy. Instead, their antithesis, the relentless...
The Rival Fanaticisms of Our Day
A perceived American defeat could bring a more dangerous world.IN A MONTHLY MAGAZINE, a good excuse for not writing about headline news is that everything is out of date by the time it's in print. That is particularly true now. "Now" for me is Memorial...
Wives and Husbands
AS CHANCE AND THE UNPREDICTABLE SCHEDULING of critics' screenings would have it, I sat down to watch Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Trotta just about 13 hours after I had got up from a screening of Paul Rudnick and Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 classic...