Philip Terzian

Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard. A native of the Washington, DC, area and a journalist for over 40 years, he has been a writer and editor at Reuters, newspapers in Alabama and Kentucky, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and was editorial page editor of the Providence Journal. For 20 years he wrote a political/foreign affairs column syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. During 1978-79 he was speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Terzian has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, Pulitzer juror, media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, traveling fellow of the American Journalism Foundation, and is a member of the American Council on Germany. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the New Criterion, the Times Literary Supplement, Sewanee Review, and other publications. In 2010 Encounter Books published his book Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.

Stories by Philip Terzian

Altruism or Self-Interest?

01:16 PM, Mar 24, 2011
The Monroe Doctrine Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America by Jay Sexton Hill and Wang, 304 pp., $27 The Monroe Doctrine was a parenthetical item inserted in President James Monroe's 1823 message to Congress. Drafted by a committee that included Monroe, Secretary of War... Read more

Parody: FDR's Little Drama — and the American People

06:47 PM, Mar 22, 2011
June 7, 1944 Since when was the United States committed to regime change in Germany? My understanding is that Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States on December 12, 1941, and Franklin Roosevelt's job as commander in chief has been to defend the United States against attack from... Read more

Testing Our Resolve

02:01 PM, Mar 16, 2011
The Mayaguez Incident Testing America's Resolve in the Post-Vietnam Era by Robert J. Mahoney Texas Tech, 320pp., $39.95 Like the Panay incident (1937) four decades earlier, the Mayaguez incident (1975) may be seen as a metaphor for the challenges facing American power at a... Read more

Public Broadcasting Needs Welfare Reform

08:41 PM, Mar 10, 2011
I should explain, at the outset, that I am agnostic on the subject of public broadcasting. It's obvious that NPR suffers from a left-wing bias—so obvious that it seems not to be noticed by NPR—but the fact is that I seldom listen to its programming except the classical music on one (WETA)... Read more

The Crazy Case of Charlie Sheen

08:40 PM, Mar 09, 2011
Like most Americans, I suspect, I have no strong feelings in any direction on the subject of Charlie Sheen. I am neither a fan nor habitual detractor.  And although I am aware that he is a 9/11 "Truther"—that is to say, a believer that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were... Read more

Washington Post Mocks National Medal of Arts Winner, Cancer Survivor

08:09 PM, Mar 08, 2011
Eighty-two-year-old Donald Hall, former poet laureate and all-around man of literary distinction, was one of the recent recipients of National Medal of Arts at the White House, and is seen here in a photograph with President Obama: [img nocaption float="center" width="640" height="455"... Read more

Obama Says Qaddafi 'Has Lost the Legitimacy to Lead'

09:15 PM, Mar 03, 2011
President Obama has, at long last, publicly called on Col. Moammar Qaddafi to end his 42-year tenure as dictator of Libya. The fact that the president has waited so long to make any public gesture in this direction, and the forum in which he addressed Qaddafi—a joint press conference... Read more

In Defense of Obama's Smoking

08:50 PM, Feb 09, 2011
I note with regret Michelle Obama’s announcement this week that her husband the president, to her evident relief, has kicked his cigarette habit. No details were forthcoming—how he managed to stop smoking, just how serious his habit might have been, and so on—but in the present age, none... Read more

On Reaganology

09:07 PM, Feb 08, 2011
The Reagan Centennial having come and gone, we may detect certain trends in current Reaganology.  One, exemplified by the new HBO documentary ( Reagan ) directed by Eugene Jarecki, is that Reagan was not conservative at all — a myth perpetrated by right-wingers, according to... Read more

War Stories

11:27 PM, Jan 17, 2011
The Civil War The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and  Aaron Sheehan-Dean Library of America, 840pp., $37.50 The Library of America has embarked on an ambitious undertaking—a four-year, four-volume series... Read more

Is this the President's Role?

06:15 PM, Jan 13, 2011
President Obama’s speech in Tucson was fine, as far as it went. The protocol in such circumstances seems to require presidents to call for healing, unity, civility, fellowship, and a determination to move forward, as well as a shout-out to heroes and victims. The president appears to have done... Read more

Eisenhower After War

01:30 PM, Jan 12, 2011
Going Home to Glory A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 By David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower Simon & Schuster, 336pp., $28 David Eisenhower, grandson of the 34th president and author of the authoritative Eisenhower at War:... Read more

The Non-Puritan Tradition

06:27 PM, Jan 11, 2011
A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of  Eighteenth-Century Virginia By Lauren F. Winner Yale, 288pp., $45 S o accustomed are we to pondering the rigorous, austere Christianity of the New England Puritans, or the evangelical... Read more

Two Books for Christmas

01:57 PM, Dec 13, 2010
The Dream Machine The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey By Richard Whittle Simon & Schuster, 464pp., $27 Whiskey A Global History By Kevin R. Kosar Reaktion, 160pp., $15.95 Richard Whittle’s Dream Machine may seem an unconventional choice to put under... Read more

Hillary’s Choice

08:12 PM, Dec 08, 2010
For me, the great political mystery of the last two years is not what makes Barack Obama tick, or where the Tea Party came from, but Hillary Clinton. Namely, why did she give up life tenure in a U.S. Senate seat from New York to join the Obama administration as secretary of state?  I... Read more

Make 'em Laugh

10:13 PM, Dec 03, 2010
I record with interest and, perhaps, a measure of surprise and sorrow a brief dispatch from the frontiers of culture—in this case, the hallowed precincts of the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Suffice it to say that the 92nd Street Y is the sort of place where Charlie Rose... Read more