Adam Garfinkle
The Middle East & Beyond
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

It is appropriate, I think, to pause and reflect when a death finally brackets a part of one’s life. I briefly worked for Alexander Haig back in 1979-80, just before he became Secretary of State. I was a junior aide only, and he did not invite me, fresh out of graduate school as I was […]

Some Literary Notes

Just a few selected comments on this weekend’s newspaper reading, as it were.First, in the New York Times “Week in Review” section under the headline “Our Decade of Deluded Thinking,” an unsigned author makes some astonishing comments, one astonishingly good but most astonishingly bad. First the good: the article admits that Mossadegh did not fall […]

Too Many Cooks

Today’s headline in the Washington Post tells us that our Ambassador in Kabul, Karl W. Eikenberry, opposes the sending of more U.S. and allied troops to Afghanistan, putting him at odds with the commanding general in that war, General Stanley McChrystal. Eikenberry happens to be a general, too—3-star instead of 4-star, but who’s counting? The […]

Autumn Note: The Future of Jewcentricity

An old obsession goes virtual in the age of globalization.

Peter Rodman (1943-2008)

I have known Peter Rodman for so many years that I cannot remember when I met him. Peter and I were in email contact just last week (I asked him to write something for the next issue of The American Interest.), and he was reluctant to do it because he wanted to first finish the […]

Here's to You, Harry

Three decisions that define Harry Truman as a pragmatic moralist.

Strategy on the Cheap

There are more ways than one to mismatch ends and means.


The past few days have borne much sadness for us here at The American Interest. Two of our esteemed authors have passed away: Dame Mary Douglas died in London at age 86 on Wednesday, May 16, and Eugen Weber died in Los Angeles at age 82 on Thursday, May 17. As our readers know, Professor […]

Good God!

Not that anyone asked me, but I was appalled by Michael Kinsley’s “cover” review (entitled “God, Distrust”) of the new Christopher Hitchens book (God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. It’s one thing for the NYT Book Review to be so very brave as to get one […]

My Walkin’ Shoes Don’t Fit Me Anymore

There’s an old upbeat country/bluegrass song called “My Walkin’ Shoes Don’t Fit Me Anymore.” Well, that song has new meaning for me this morning, because yesterday I and a few thousand other people completed the Washington, DC 2007 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. That’s 26.3 miles on Saturday, and 13.2 miles Sunday morning. That’s more […]

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