Childhood Ghosts of Indonesian Genocide Haunt Obama’s View of Regime Change in Syria and Iran

The Oscar-nominated documentary "The Act of Killing" reconstructs the evil mayhem that was the backdrop to Obama’s early life in Jakarta and the erosion of his mother’s second marriage.

Tucked inside the 17,000 word monograph published by New Yorker editor David Remnick this week about Barack Obama, there was this: “He remembers going with his mother to live in Indonesia in 1967 – shortly after a military coup, engineered with American help, led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people. This event, and the fact that so few Americans know much about it, made a lasting...