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. 32, No. 5, May

Bush and the Other Comeback Kid
Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn HarperCollins /322 pages /$26 This is a story of missed opportunities, miscalculations, the devious cleverness of Saddam Hussein and his barbaric family, and the...
Correspondence
Decimated Grover Norquist continues to see GOP conservatism where little evidence of it exists. His belief that Lott and Hastert will push for a 10 percent tax break for everyone has already been proved wishful thinking ("The Ten Percent Solution," TAS,...
For the Children
It's all done for them, even abortion and war. I suppose it was too much to expect Bill Clinton to bomb the Serbs without asserting that this policy decision, like all others, was for "our children." '"You may not know a great deal about Kosovo," said...
Handle with Care
The GOP cautiously unwraps Chinagate. As more is known about Chinese efforts to buy, borrow, and steal U.S. commercial and military technology while the Clinton administration fiddled, congressional Democrats are eager to label the burgeoning scandal...
Have Shotgun, Will Travel
WE HUSTLED, MY BROTHER AND I, OUT TO his trusty Thunderbird. Post time for the fifth at Belmont was half an hour away, and Bill had to get his hands on a racing form before he could even think of putting down dollar one. We reached the car more or less...
Irma, My Irma
Buffalo Bill's hotel in the Rockies still thrives. Like the Wild West Show and everything else William F. Cody did, it was done on a grand scale and with other people's money. Throughout the year 19o2 the square, three-storied tawny sandstone edifice...
Make Love, Not War
And so, as British journalist Peter Hitchens has observed, NATO has become the military wing of CNN. Here is war waged in the post-Cold War era, by the same people who in their youth trivialized the Cold War and snickered at its honorable claims. Not...
Nuclear Secrets and the Culture Wars
CLINTON'S ENERGY DEPARTMENT CARES MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL CORRECTNESS THAN NATIONAL SECURITY. THE LATEST CHINESE SPY CASE IS JUST A HINT OF THE DAMAGE IT HAS DONE. Operation Desert Glow began like clockwork at 0900 on the morning of June 6, 1989. Just...
Reagan's Children
There are more of them than you can possibly count. There are more Republican voters than there used to be. In the congressional elections of 1994, 1996, and 1998, GOP candidates won 53, 50, and 51 percent of the vote, respectively. In 198o, 1982, and...
Red Star over Washington
The case of Wen Ho Lee and the W-88 warhead should come as no surprise. From the start, the Clinton administration has spared no expense-- even that of U.S. security-to court the People's Republic of China. For Paul Redmond, the CIA spycatcher who caught...
Rock 'N' Bowl
Wednesday Now, this is bliss. I am down at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. It's about nine at night, and there is no one else but Tommy and me and one barefooted Asian man shooting baskets. The court here is shiny and old and perfectly clean. It's warm....
Rout of the Regulators
The Feds lose a power grab for your financial records. Uncle Sam wants banks to start treating ordinary citizens like drug kingpins. On December 7, 1998, four federal agencies-the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of...
Shots in the Dark
A vaccination craze puts us all at risk. "Lyla Rose Belkin was a lively, alert five-week-old baby when I last held her in my arms," said her father, Michael Belkin, a financial analyst in New York City. "Little did I imagine as she gazed into my eyes...
Slobo and Joe
There's looking good, and then there's looking back. The press was barely visible when the war began, and then it disappeared almost entirely. Some print reporters were able to stay on in Belgrade, but in Kosovo almost everyone was ousted. As CBS correspondent...
Some Damn Thing in the Balkans
Until it became an international controversy, Albania had been a terra incognita-a remote labyrinthine confusion of ragged chiefdoms. To guarantee such a country under such a mbret [i.e., the Albanian leader] meant to conjure it out of a plumed hat....
StairMaster
All Too Human: A Political Education George Stephanopoulos Little, Brown /456 pages / $27.95 "I don't put anything down in writing," White House loyalist Sidney Blumenthal once said when asked whether he kept a diary of his work in the Clinton administration....
Teen Beat
Gross in Hollywood has several meanings. The funniest moment in this year's seemingly endless and mostly unfunny Oscar ceremonies came when Norman Jewison gave his speech of acceptance for the Irving Thalberg award. He took the occasion to admonish his...
The Continuing Crisis
Our Wartime President; the Kremlin ward; pet turtle soup March will be enhaloed in history as the month wherein the Boy President was transformed from being esteemed a Draft Dodger to being exalted as Our Wartime President. Precisely thirty-one years...
The Culture of Dependence
What ever happened to shutting down the NEA? When Republicans seized the House in 1994, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) appeared to be on its last legs. Speaker Newt Gingrich challenged celebrities lobbying for the NEA to fund their own private...
The Man Who Defined American Culture
Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot Harlow Giles Unger John Wiley & Sons /386pages / $30 As a member of the usage panel of a major American dictionary, I am often struck by the attention given to diversity and multiculturalism...
The Worst Books of the Year
Every year the J. Gordon Coogler Committee refrains from awarding its Worst Book of the Year Award until the Pulitzer Advisory Board has conferred its accolades. Why should our board of literary experts pore over the claptrap when the Pulitzer Prize...
The Year of the Living Wage
Political activists succeed where unions have failed. As a proxy for Big Labor's political clout-or lack of it-the effort to raise the minimum wage has always proved a handy leading indicator. These days, however, the minimum-wage movement sends mixed...
World-Wide Scofflaw
The war on Yugoslavia is an international crime. Bill Clinton has his own rules. In his understanding, he did not perjure himself when he denied having sex with Monica Lewinsky: She had had sex with him. In launching air strikes against Serbia, he operated...