Magazine August 24, 2009, Issue

American Ajax

LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay, by Warren Kozak (Regnery, 354 pp., $27.95)

 

Almost every aspect of the Dr. Strangelovian image surrounding Gen. Curtis LeMay was in some way misleading. The tough-guy cigar provocatively dangling from his mouth had little to do with cultivating his iron-pants image. Instead LeMay, in worry that he might be grounded after suffering Bell’s palsy, had originally stuck it in his mouth to hide a sagging lip.

Bombing Vietnam “back to the Stone Age” was probably not LeMay’s own infamous Neanderthal advice about winning the Vietnam War, but a toss-off line inserted into his autobiography by an overzealous co-author that slipped by LeMay during copy editing. Later, when pressed,

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Three Strikes

How can Washington have spent so much time debating health care and still have failed to come up with a reasonable reform? By starting from the wrong premises. There are ...
Politics & Policy

Catching Up to Mexico

California’s financial unraveling has prompted a long-overdue debate about taxes, regulation, and government spending, but the state’s media and government continue to ignore what could be an even greater problem: ...
Politics & Policy

Obamaniacs On the Couch

This is going to get very Freudian, but please bear with me.   In psychoanalytic terms, the Self has a narcissistic need to form a relationship with something called the Self-object. That ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Afghan Postcards

Roman Genn, whose illustrations have long brightened the pages of National Review, embedded himself with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, at Forward Operating Base Gulistan in Farah Province, central Afghanistan. ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Pass This Test

George Gilder is a phenomenon. With a restless and questing mind, he has written books on feminism, capitalism, technology, and other topics. These books are absorbing, provocative, and somewhat original. ...
Politics & Policy

American Ajax

  Almost every aspect of the Dr. Strangelovian image surrounding Gen. Curtis LeMay was in some way misleading. The tough-guy cigar provocatively dangling from his mouth had little to do with ...
Politics & Policy

True Love

  Hollywood rarely produces effective love stories for men. I don’t mean a romantic comedy that some men might find themselves liking, if dragged to the theater by their wives — ...
City Desk

Years of Upheaval

Getting a city apartment painted is a trial for several reasons. The rent laws encourage city-dwellers to stay put; over the years our possessions accumulate unwinnowed. The crampitude of our ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Policy Paternity Michael Cannon’s piece on the Massachusetts health program (“Romney’s Folly,” August 10) creates the impression that Gov. Mitt Romney and the Heritage Foundation wanted to impose a coverage mandate ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ First the president called him stupid, then he had to have a beer with Joe Biden. Hasn’t Officer Crowley been punished enough? ‐ “I have immortal longings in me,” said ...
Politics & Policy

A Gull

As passive as a dune, I offer up my breast, Nestling toward the sun, Accepting from the west What I am only owed. Who cares if you should fade? Warm me, sinking god: For me the world ...
Happy Warrior

Ethiopia Comes to You

The intersection of the environment and demography continues apace. In the old days, we worried about “overpopulation” in general, which, if only by implication, indicted the fecund mothers of Asia ...

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Film & TV

Bowing Down to Obama

‘How can we miss you when you won’t go away?” political podcaster Yvette Carnell joked two years ago when Barack Obama began his comeback tour by making sideline pronouncements about the state of the nation after his brief retirement. Now the comeback is official, with two new Kool-Aid-drinker Obama ... Read More
Film & TV

Bowing Down to Obama

‘How can we miss you when you won’t go away?” political podcaster Yvette Carnell joked two years ago when Barack Obama began his comeback tour by making sideline pronouncements about the state of the nation after his brief retirement. Now the comeback is official, with two new Kool-Aid-drinker Obama ... Read More
Economy & Business

Shopping Superstitions

It’s the boss-bossiest time of the year, when Americans getting ready to open up their wallets to buy Christmas presents are lectured by illiterate halfwits about where and how to spend their money. The usual demands: Buy local, or buy from small businesses. This is pure nonsense, and you should feel free to ... Read More
Economy & Business

Shopping Superstitions

It’s the boss-bossiest time of the year, when Americans getting ready to open up their wallets to buy Christmas presents are lectured by illiterate halfwits about where and how to spend their money. The usual demands: Buy local, or buy from small businesses. This is pure nonsense, and you should feel free to ... Read More
Media

Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More
Media

Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More
World

A Moveable Feast?

Last week a unique but apposite tribute was paid in Budapest to the late Sir Roger Scruton, the distinguished Tory philosopher who died earlier this year: A café was opened in his name. It goes under the designer label “Scruton—The Place to be” and is situated three blocks from the Hungarian Parliament at ... Read More
World

A Moveable Feast?

Last week a unique but apposite tribute was paid in Budapest to the late Sir Roger Scruton, the distinguished Tory philosopher who died earlier this year: A café was opened in his name. It goes under the designer label “Scruton—The Place to be” and is situated three blocks from the Hungarian Parliament at ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More