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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Making sense of the Cambodian genocide. George Packer reviews [1] Thierry Cruvellier’s The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer [2].

A huge defeat for Parti Quebecois. Andrew Coyne explains [3] the significance of the PQ’s extraordinary drubbing at the polls.

Resolve and the narcissism of Great Powers. Patrick Porter thoroughly debunks [4] the obsession with “resolve” in foreign policy.

Ukraine is headed for default. Mark Adomanis explains [5] why.

Neoconservatism’s flaws. Noah Millman identifies [6] three of its insights and how they are abused in practice.

Revisiting Bush’s dreadful Second Inaugural Address. Damon Linker criticizes [7] 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 [8] the brief history of the comic book character’s “commie smasher” phase in the early 1950s.

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#1 Comment By Steven D. Rennet On April 11, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

I’m surprised you would link (apparently favorably) to Coyne’s article. Shouldn’t the PQ’s attempt to preserve Quebec’s French culture from “money and the ethnic vote” get some sympathy from paleoconservatives? Mr. Coyne’s overall worldview is hardly in sympathy with that of TAC: see his [9]

(Personally, I am glad the Liberals won, but that is another matter.)

#2 Comment By Bill H On April 13, 2014 @ 10:24 am

Patrick Porter makes a great case. Indeed, after Russia showed great resolve in Georgia, about as great a degree of resolve as it would be possible to show, we rather promptly pull the same stunt in Ukraine. What more do we need in the way of a lesson to the effect that resolve does not deter agression?