Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
In early 2004 Howard Dean was running for the Democratic presidential nomination and went on a tour of the Holy Land to shore up his foreign policy credentials and squash speculation that he was a secularist who couldn’t connect with religious Americans. A New York Times story of January 4, 2004 details some of the […]
Walking down 68th Street yesterday between Lexington and Third Avenues – the spot where, historians think, Nathan Hale was hanged in September of 1776– I felt the world change. A sidewalk vendor was selling pretty decent neckties for $5 each.Neckties are one of my subjects. Since I was thirteen years old, I’ve spent more time […]
Hold the Danish
When I was a young kid living in South Carolina, you would still sometimes see mule-drawn wagons on country roads. You also saw advertisements for Burma Shave: typically a series of six to eight small road signs at short intervals with a rhymed message of some kind. “Don’t go passing up a slope/Unless you have […]
Take Ten Years Off Your Age!
I had one of those wonderful life moments last week. I was at CNN on a Lou Dobbs panel about Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s anti-Semitic rant at the UN; heading out to the elevator I ran into E. Benjamin Skinner in the hallway. Ben is the author of A Crime So Monstrous, a book on global […]
Starting To Blog
Greetings, TAI readers and other visitors. My name is Walter Russell Mead; I’m on the editorial board at TAI and Adam Garfinkle and the editorial team have courageously and graciously offered me a platform from which to blog.This is not, quite, my first date with the internet. For the last few weeks I have participated […]
After several months in which the news from Iraq has steadily if spottily improved, the time has come to think about what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable.
Faith & Progress
Anglo-American freedoms, the very sources of worldly success, are rooted in religious faith.
Sting of the WASP
Andrew Roberts has started a major bunfight with a book of history.
Old Hickory Switch
The age of Jackson is an oft-neglected chapter in American History, but three new books take up the challenge.
Very little of what has happened in American foreign policy since September 11, 2001, has been in any way determined by underlying domestic pressures or constraints, much less by the character of American political culture. The extraordinary circumstances of the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks gave President Bush great leeway to act. In the immediate […]