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Cheerleading for Che

On NRO this weekend, Roger Noriega delivers a critical review Che’s Afterlife, a new book on the Commie thug who is a hero of the international Left. Meanwhile, the State Department offers a forum on the same:

BUENOS AIRES — The U.S. charm offensive in Latin America took a small but provocative step forward on Friday when the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires sponsored two readings of a new book that explains the enduring iconic power of Ernesto ”Che” Guevara.

U.S. taxpayers funded the discussion at the Buenos Aires 35th International Book Fair of the Argentine revolutionary who dedicated his life to armed struggle against capitalism and imperialism. For one day at least, photos of Guevara shared space with the Stars and Stripes. Dozens attended, including local grade school students.

Mara Tekach, the embassy spokeswoman, said that the United States was simply promoting free expression.

Free expression? It’s a wonderful thing–and also an ideal Che didn’t support and Cuba doesn’t currently allow. Welcome to the new world of American softie diplomacy: stars and stripes and Che.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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