Chelsea Boots

Private Bradley Manning, the strange semi-Welshman the 4 million U.S. bureaucrats with security clearances let snaffle all their secrets, is now a female called Private Chelsea Manning. Same soldier, different privates.*

Jailing Manning and hounding Snowden is a complete waste of time unless you also do something about the system that allowed these guys access to everything. Manning appears to have been a lonely and troubled individual all his life, and obviously vulnerable to sympathetic pitches from wily opportunists like Assange. Why didn’t his superiors see that? That’s the real scandal. I wish young Chelsea well in his/her makeover; maybe the “intelligence community” could use one of its own.

(*Eventually.)

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, After America (2011), is a top-five bestseller in ...

Most Popular

Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More