IN THE June 6, 2011, ISSUE

Too Big to Win

Why can’t America win wars? It’s been two-thirds of a century since we saw (as President Obama vividly put it) “Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.” ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

A Voice for Choice

Three Philadelphia businessmen captured the attention of Pennsylvania’s political class last year when they pumped more than $5 million into the campaign of state senator Anthony H. Williams, a black ...
Politics & Policy

Better Off Dead

The test of a true friend is whether he’ll come to your house, moments or hours after your death, and quickly dispose of the embarrassing or potentially humiliating bric-à-brac we ...
Politics & Policy

Shoot First, Ask Never

Osama bin Laden’s killing demonstrated in spectacular fashion American military and intelligence skills — and Pres. Barack Obama, who staked his presidency on the operation, was triumphant. Bin Laden’s death ...
Politics & Policy

Incurable

If President Obama had failed to get his massive health-care overhaul through Congress, Mitt Romney would today be a strong frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Some conservatives and libertarians ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Too Big to Win

Why can’t America win wars? It’s been two-thirds of a century since we saw (as President Obama vividly put it) “Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.” ...
Politics & Policy

A Thousand Years Away

Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — In late March, I rejoined the platoon whose maneuvers I described in the March 7 edition of National Review. To reach the platoon, I ...
Politics & Policy

Mortal Ally

Most Americans do not understand why Pakistan behaves the way it does, but they do understand that it has come to seem more enemy than ally. This shift in American ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Fine Madness

Before I went to see The Beaver, Jodie Foster’s tragicomic fable about a suicidal man who finds temporary salvation by communicating with the world through a Cockney-accented hand puppet, I ...

Sections

The Long View

Memorandum

TO: Production/Story Team for “SEAL Team Six” FROM: Vice President of Feature Film Development IN RE: Story/script notes for the second draft of “SEAL Team Six” Gang: First, let me tell you how much ...
Athwart

A Club for All and None

When you learn that mothers have been banned from joining a parenting organization specifically convened for fathers, you know there are two possible reactions: 1. So? It’s a free society. We ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

CURSES after Mellin de Saint-Gelais May the Lord make you a pauper, A homeless old man without An ear of corn in the barn, not A bottle of wine in the cellar. Until then, I pray ...
Happy Warrior

Criminal Comedy

I read The Joke, Milan Kundera’s first novel, when I was a schoolboy. Bit above my level, but, even as a teenager, I liked the premise. Ludvik is a young man ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Scott Walker’s Miscalculation I blinked and almost missed this comment by Josh Barro (“It’s Not Just Wisconsin,” March 21): “Under Walker’s proposed ‘budget repair’ bill, most state and local employees in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ A $250,000 debt at Tiffany’s? Newt is obviously desperate to close his gender gap. ‐ Newt Gingrich praised Paul Ryan’s budget, then issued a statement quibbling with part of its ...
The Bent Pin

Royal Flushes

Yes, I watched the Royal Wedding and I have the gut reactions to prove it.              First, I don’t like Prince William. I’ve never had any particular thoughts about him ...