War Stories

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, most Americans wanted to fight the terrorists and the regimes that aided them. Even before that year ended, however, some voices warned that the impulsive, reckless policies of the Bush Administration would ultimately pose more of a danger to Americans and their way of life than the terrorists and their […]

Originalist Sin

How historical periods are defined depends on the purposes of the definer. Geologists look to rock structure, demarking eras such as the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic, Mesozoic and Paleozoic. Economists look to the primary source of wealth: the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, the Industrial Age and now the Information Age. Chroniclers of foreign affairs look to […]

Making Enemies

Nearly five years into the War on Terron, the Bush Administration still lacks a serious understanding of our Islamist enemies. Here is such an understanding (first in a two-part series).

In the Image

What are the sources of the American image around the world? How has it changed in recent years? And what, if anything, can the U.S. government do to shape that image? The American Interest posed these questions to a distinguished group of international observers. Their answers reflect diverse histories and circumstances, and offer some useful […]

Business Bombs

Some terrorists these days are in it just for the money, but that doesn’t make them a pocket change problem.

Blowtorch Bob in Baghdad

Robert Komer’s retrospective on the Vietnam War sheds a hazy light on U.S. choices in Iraq.

A Conversation with Kinky Friedman

Texas’ most renowned Jewish cowboy is busier than a horsefly on a chili dog running as an independent for Governor.

A Short History of a Big Mistake

Americans revere the Framers, but few realize how distorted their handwork became at the hands of the 17th Amendment.

The Truman Standard

Bush Administration principals often compare to those of the Truman Administration. But does the current crowd really measure up?

Industrial Folklore

George Gerbner studied the cultural impact of television with greater intensity than anyone. A colleague explains what he learned.

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