David Tomlin, in a comment to my item, makes the very useful point that whatever the main US narrative about imperialism may be, some religious communities may think of imperialists as Christians spreading the faith to the masses.
Steve M. thinks that I was wrong to frame the D'Souza discussion as I did, because Republicans "all now sincerely agree that Obama's a left-wing radical who hates America, Israel, and the West, as well as a pure economic redistributionist indistinguishable from any card-carrying communist." I disagree, I guess; I think Conor Friedersdorf has this one right when he says most conservative movement elites don't really believe the junk they say, but that alas not everyone is in on the gag.
Tomlin's comment was substantive and interesting and all, but I really had to quote this gem (also from comments) from Geoff G.:
Huck gives every impression that he has not spent a whole lot of time reading briefing books trying to bone up on the substantive stuff a president needs to know, but he's had time to read D'Souza's hit job. It's kind of like an internist deciding to make a mid-career change to cardiology and the first thing she does is read a book by Michael DeBakey's valet about how rudely DeBakey treated his staff.Nice.