The Corner

Hagel on Cuba

After a hearing, senators have a chance to question a nominee in what are called QFRs — Questions for the Record. These are written Q&As.

So, Senator Cruz asked Chuck Hagel about Cuba. Hagel has praised Jimmy Carter’s recommended approach to Cuba. To call it soft would be a little generous. In his answer to Cruz, Hagel was vague and dodgy. I noted something interesting, however. Hagel said, “I share the President’s view that the Cuban government must change its outdated political model to reflect the commitments undertaken by other governments in the Hemisphere to promote and defend representative democracy.”

Very nice, I guess. But “outdated political model”? When is totalitarian dictatorship in date, or up to date, or in style? Is it like chiffon?

Cripe. Nice going, American people: Your decision on November 6 was . . . just super.

Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More