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. 39, No. 8, October

America's Democratization Projects Abroad
THE SUCCESSES VERSUS THE FAILURESFOR ALMOST A CENTURY, the United States has been engaged in a succession of democratization projects abroad. President Woodrow Wilson in particular was an enthusiast in promoting democracy, first in the Caribbean basin...
A Theologian of Reformed Convictions
J.I. PACKER, venerated by many as the greatest Protestant theologian of modern times, turned 80 this summer. His first public engagement as an octogenarian was to lead a retreat at Laity Lodge, a renowned spiritual center created in the beautiful hill...
Best Explanations
Best Explanations The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins (FREE PRESS, 304 PAGES, $26)RECENTLY ASTROPHYSICIST and stalwart Darwin-defender George Coyne lectured before the largest scientific organization in...
Boomer Terror
IN AUGUST JUDGE ANNA DIGGS TAYLOR held that Americans have a constitutional right to communicate with enemy agents during wartime and ordered the Bush administration to end its terrorist surveillance program. The country's two most prominent liberal...
Christian Fall, Muslim Rise
FOR A LONG TIME I TRIED TO AVOID thinking about Lebanon. It seemed too marginal, not to mention too complicated. Its government, more notional than real, enjoys little more than the "trappings of sovereignty," as Fouad Ajami recently wrote. A territory...
Come Home Democrats
WASHINGTONWELL, IT WAS A VERY PLEASANT time this summer to be in Washington. Senators and representatives alike vacated the premises. Most headed off to ply their trade on their constituents. The off-year elections are approaching, and most of our federal...
Continental Divide
IT IS 3,100 MILES FROM the Canadian border to Mexico. Imagine the benefits of a multi-purpose road (of sorts) right through the heart of the U.S., from one border to the other. Uninterrupted, straight through, even if not the most direct route. It is...
Correspondence
Surrendering TitleSir Martin Gilbert wrote the following sentence in a recent article in the Spectator on the myth of Hitler's Pope ("Hitler's Pope?" TAS, July/August 2006). "Since Hochhuth's play, this theme has become commonplace. John Cornwell, a...
Crockumentaries
WHICH CAME FIRST, the impoverishment of America's political discourse or Hollywood's inability to think politically in anything more complicated than the crudest sort of slogans? It's a chicken-and-egg problem whose further discussion is pointless, but...
Current Wisdom
Marie ClaireAnother fashion magazine falls under the spell of the animal rights movement and in an historic cover headline booms jeans for the common donkey:PERFECT JEANSTHEY'LL MAKE YOUR ASS LOOKAWESOME(August 2006)The NationIn its solemn introduction...
Defusionism
Defusionism The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party by Ryan Sager (JOHN WILEY & SONS, 248 PAGES, $25.95)THESE ARE DEPRESSING TIMES for small-government conservatives. We have a Republican...
Dixie in Denial
Dixie in Denial Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War by David J. Eicher (LITTLE, BROWN, 338 PAGES, $27.95)IF I KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ARGUING with publishers it's a safe bet that the title of this book was not the author's idea. Dixie...
Equal Parts Doom and Gloom
THE 2006 ELECTION IS A REFERENDUM not just on the President, Iraq, and Republicans, but on the American economy. Polls show a consistently low approval rating for Bush's economic performance-a number that dropped as low as 28 percent in a May New York...
Happy Birthday, Mr. Ex-President
WASHINGTONFORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON has been celebrating his 60th birthday at breakneck speed and he will be continuing to do so for months to come, according to news reports. Given the many laughs he has afforded me over the years, I hope he will...
History Ignored
GEORGE SANTAYANA'S QUIP that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it has almost become a platitude. But I'll use it anyway, because current events are teaching us that Santayana could not have been more right. Not only did the architects...
How Little We Know
If al Qaeda is supposed to represent the "new" terrorism, it remains puzzling why U.S. intelligence since the Clinton era has not connected the dots and confronted their implications.ALQAEDA REPRESENTS the most serious terrorist threat we face, but how...
Jane Jacobs and the American City
JANE JACOBS, WHO DIED EARLIER THIS YEAR, wrote little, held no academic position, and espoused views that were widely dismissed as reactionary and impractical. But to turn now to her The Death and Life of American Cities, published in 1961, is to encounter...
Myths of War
The Ten Most Widely Believed Distortions About the Global Conflict Now Underway.RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID: "It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't true."Today, it is not liberals alone whose minds have been muddled...
My Trip to Dachau
SATURDAYHERE I AM ON A LUFTHANSA FLIGHT from LAX to Frankfurt. I'm in first class and it's quite luxurious. But it creeps me out to hear all of these flight attendants speaking German. I keep falling asleep but then waking up to hear German and I wonder...
On the Prowl
State SidesWord floating around the State Department is that government approval for the recent visit by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami was cleared at the "highest levels" out of a desire to see if Khatami might serve as an intermediary in...
Profiling Encouraged
THE DISCOVERY OF THE PLOT to blow up airliners flying from Great Britain to the U.S. in August has tightened airport security again. Items no longer allowed on board include liquids and gels. The British went further and for a time wouldn't allow passengers...
Red Tide Rising
The fate of Sen. Rick Santorum will test just how powerful Pennsylvania's emerging conservatives can remain in their blue state.GIFFORD PINCHOT'S EYES, said Philadelphia novelist Owen Wister (The Virginian), "look as if they gaze upon a Cause." Wister...
The Continuing Crisis
As August ended, the unshaven president of Iran with the unpronounceable name declared that his country will not accede to the United Nations security Council's entreaties that Iran conclude its nuclear program. On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign...
The New Old Eco-Pessimism
Here's an inconvenient truth for the earth-in-the-balance crowd and aficionados of Jared Diamond's best-sellers: the idea that man is committing collective environmental suicide has ancient roots.THE RELEASE OF AL GORE'S environmental documentary An...
The UNtouchables
The UNtouchables The UN Exposed: How the United Nations Sabotages America's security and Fails the World by Eric Shawn (SENTINEL, 336 PAGES, $23.95)THE UNITED NATIONS is an author's nightmare. On one hand, there's just too much to write about. It's almost...