Quoheleth Matthew Yglesias:
Samantha Power is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and a brilliant and original thinker and advocate for the intelligent deployment of American power in order to build a more just and humane world.There's nothing worse than people of obvious intelligence and felicity using cheap euphemism because they are embarrassed (and rightly!) by their own committments. Matthew Yglesias is lauding Samantha Power for her advocacy of killing people in other countries at our discretion in order to affect social and political changes. They believe that they possess the capacity to judge societies sufficiently or insufficiently equitable, free, "just", "humane", modern, etc. They believe that they can grasp local complexity easily enough in the more backwards regions of the world to effectively adjudicate others' civil conflicts. They believe that as Americans, they have a right to kill people to accomplish these ends. They know that such ends have rarely, if ever, been accomplished, but they're pretty sure that's just because Samatha Power and Matthew Yglesias, or people like Matt Yglesias and Sam Power, haven't been the ones in charge. It's only a question of getting their kind of people.
I am going to suggest to you all, madman that I am, that there is exactly no moral distinction between killing people to take their oil and killing them to bring them the wonders of anglo-saxon common law, the jury system, and franchise democracy.