Dept. of Books: “American Taliban”

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Our colleague Ishaan Tharoor has a new Q&A with Markos Moulitsas about the Daily Kos founder’s new book, “American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right.” You can read the whole thing here. The opening excerpt:

You refer to a whole swath of U.S. conservatives as American Taliban. Is that really helpful?
Since 9/11, I’ve been hearing accusations over and over again that liberals like me want the terrorists to win. I have no love for fundamentalist Muslims — I think they’re basically hard-right Christians. There’s a shared intolerance. Liberals like me don’t want the terrorists to win just like we don’t want the American Taliban to win. I don’t think there’s any reason to say it nicer. It’s a two-word way to bring home just how dangerous these people are.