Making sense of the Cambodian genocide. George Packer reviews Thierry Cruvellier’s The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer.

A huge defeat for Parti Quebecois. Andrew Coyne explains the significance of the PQ’s extraordinary drubbing at the polls.

Resolve and the narcissism of Great Powers. Patrick Porter thoroughly debunks the obsession with “resolve” in foreign policy.

Ukraine is headed for default. Mark Adomanis explains why.

Neoconservatism’s flaws. Noah Millman identifies three of its insights and how they are abused in practice.

Revisiting Bush’s dreadful Second Inaugural Address. Damon Linker criticizes Joseph Bottum’s attempt to spin Bush’s Second Inaugural as an expression of serious Christian thought.

When Captain America hunted communists. Charles Moss recounts the brief history of the comic book character’s “commie smasher” phase in the early 1950s.