Author: The American Conservative

The American Conservative

The American Conservative exists to promote a “Main Street” conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business; promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests. We pursue this mission by publishing hundreds of essays, articles, and blog posts each year in The American Conservative (TAC) print magazine and at, by training and providing an outlet for young journalists, by informing policy-makers and congressional staffers on the Hill, and by hosting special conferences and events.



Rejecting Regime Change For Good

Posted on: 2021/01/13

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, January 13 20201:… the U.S. government doesn’t understand the countries in question, it relies on bad information that is frequently offered to them by self-serving exiles and activists, and it doesn’t know how to do state-and-institution-building on such a large scale in any case. The U.S. has expended vast resources for decades on some of these policies with remarkably little to show for it, so it is laughable to think that the problem is insufficient resources. There are things that are simply beyond our government’s power. The answer is not to do regime change on the cheap, as the U.S. tried in Libya, but to reject regime change. Rejecting Regime Change For Good 

Lucrative MEK Fake Accounts Interfering In American Politics

Posted on: 2020/09/03

Paul Brian and Arthur Bloom, The American Conservative, September 03 2020:… “Amir Basiri and Heshmat Alavi are two fake accounts,” Hassan Heyrani, an MEK defector told TAC. “At Camp Liberty, near the BIAP airport in Iraq, I was in the political unit of the organization with some of the persons who grew up in America and Canada. We worked as a team to write the articles analyzing the Iranian regime. The MEK put them in The Washington Post and all the newspapers in Western countries.” Lucrative MEK Fake Accounts Interfering In American Politics  

MEK Giuliani Under Investigation 

Posted on: 2019/10/19

Barbara Boland, The American Conservative, October 18 2019:… We know that investigators have been looking into his ongoing paid work for foreign clients (while he’s served as the president’s personal lawyer), including wealthy Ukrainian businessmen and the Mujahidin e-Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian militant group that has paid millions to American politicians and celebrities over the years—including Giuliani—to lobby and give speeches on their behalf. Giuliani is credited in part with helping to get the MEK taken off the State Department’s list of world terrorist organizations in 2012. MEK Giuliani Under Investigation 

Lobbying for MEK Terrorists . Idiocy or Perfidy ? 

Posted on: 2019/10/07

James Bovard, The American Conservative, October 07 2019:… Federal law prohibited taking money from or advocating on behalf of any designated terrorist group. Yet a 2011 Huffington Post headline reported, “Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization.” That didn’t seem to matter much to former FBI boss Louis Freeh, former CIA boss Porter Goss, co-chair of the 9/11 Commission Lee Hamilton, former attorney general Michael B. Mukasey, and former homeland security secretary Tom Ridge, who were pocketing $30,000 or more for brief speeches to pro-MEK events. Lobbying for MEK Terrorists . Idiocy or Perfidy 

John Bolton Next Stop Albania 

Posted on: 2019/09/12

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, September 12 2019:… Bolton had prevailed again and again on policy, and despite pushing his own agenda and doing an abysmal job as National Security Advisor he remained in place. Whatever Trump’s reason was for getting rid of him, it was the right decision. Bolton ends his career as one of the worst National Security Advisors in U.S. history. He should never have been hired, but at least he is out of government. Now he can go shill for the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) full-time. John Bolton Next Stop Albania  

Giuliani’s Cuckoo Praise for Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) 

Posted on: 2019/07/17

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, July 17 2019:… President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has joined buckraking forces with former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), speaking at an event in Albania for a bizarre, cultish Iranian group that fashions itself as a government-in-exile for the Islamic Republic. Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) — once designated as a foreign […]

Ilan Berman Whitewashing MEK Terrorists

Posted on: 2019/07/10

Daniel Larison, July 10 2019:… Ilan-Berman does not address much of the relevant criticism of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) in this article, and he takes the superficial “democratic” rhetoric and agenda of a totalitarian cult at face value. The article is titled “Making Sense of The MeK,” but a previously uninformed reader would come away from reading this with a very distorted and false picture of what the group is and what it has done. Ilan Berman Whitewashing MEK Terrorists .