The American Conservative published a review by Chase Madar of a "Killing Anything that Moves." A book purporting to show that the American effort in Vietnam was a genocide.
We of a certain age have all been here before. Leftists still grinding out propaganda for their comrades, even as their overseas buddies join the Chamber of Commerce. Clearly we were mistaken about them during the Cold War. We focused too much on their slavish toadying to Moscow, Beijing, Havana etc. We underestimated their hatred of their own countries and societies. So today leftist activists like Chase Madar are still fighting the bad fight, seeking to deconstruct the American society in which they live. The curious bit is just how they fit into the stable at The American Conservative, of all places.
The only plausible reason I can imagine is that TAC, in its drive to corral as many "Anti-War," voices/readers as they can, have given up any hygienic criteria as to who enters their tent. This was always a problem. From the beginning opposition to new wars in the Middle East was key. But as we who have been around a while know, reasons for opposition vary. There is a patriotic traditional case to be made against foreign adventurism, especially in the service of Jacobin and or Zionist intrigue. I deeply agree with this position.
Creatures like Madar have another agenda altogether. They are the simply adverse to any show of American strength or American pride, or American confidence. As Marxists they constitute our intellectual criminal class, feeding on our labors while destroying our culture. Since they believe in no ultimate or even proximate truth, nothing they say can be taken as truth.
So why are they given a voice at TAC? Their arguments are entirely at the service of their intrigues, so why let them contaminate the debate among free men and women? As I wrote in a comment, Is it wise to follow the lead of the National Reviews admission of crypto-Trotskyites by admitting the orthodox commies in response?
There are of course varying flavors of Conservatism. But there is no such thing as Marxist Conservatism. The American Conservative does itself violence by serving as a venue for the enemies of mankind.