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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America doesn’t need a global mission. Michael Brendan Dougherty explains why America doesn’t need to be “for” an ideological cause.

The U.S. and Russia. Elias Groll interviews former Ambassador to the USSR Jack Matlock on Russia policy and NATO expansion.

Our first Iraq mistake. Gene Healy traces America’s Iraq problems back to the source in the Gulf War.

The flight of Mosul’s Christians. Andrew Doran and Drew Bowling report on the destruction of the city’s ancient Christian community.

Why the new caliphate is irrelevant. Akhilesh Pillalamarri reviews the history of the many claimants to the title over the centuries and ridicules ISIS’ delusions of grandeur.

Why new leadership isn’t enough to fix the V.A. Paul Pillar comments on the reasons behind the scandal at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Religion and WWI. Richard Gamble reviews Philip Jenkins’ The Great and Holy War for the current issue of TAC.

Celebrating the return of peace. Linda Brinson recounts the first Independence Day celebration in 1783 by Moravians in Salem, North Carolina.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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