Magazine | February 20, 2017, Issue

Letters

Cyberia

Luke Thompson’s piece on cybersecurity was quite illuminating (“Our Failed Cybersecurity Policy,” January 23). His view that cybersecurity is not politically savvy and thus becomes an issue only after a major attack perfectly accounts for the post-election alarm over Russia, as news outlets push “Russian Hacking” headlines without any substantive reporting. I was ignorant concerning the lax response to previous hacks, which gave Russia a tacit imprimatur for the DNC releases, and also concerning the byzantine PPD-41 document. I hope to count on National Review in the future to provide this kind of trenchant and informed reporting on the seemingly nascent (as the networks would have us believe), but actually much older, problem of cybersecurity.

Carl Hamilton

Upper Gwynedd, Pa.

Pay No Attention

Over the past eight years, there have been many powerful narratives written to describe the incessant fanfaronade of President Obama, but few have done so with the searing accuracy of Michael Knox Beran in his article “After the Fall” (January 23). With a sharp literary scalpel, Mr. Beran cuts with ease, exposing the other side of Obama’s altiloquent facade that so many of his supporters never saw — or were never willing to see; the man behind the curtain to be sure.

James McCaffrey

Yonkers, N.Y.

Winniversary

Matthew Walther’s lovely article “Winnie-the-Pooh at 90” (January 23) — as well as so many like it — is the unfortunate reason my saintly husband, the National Review subscriber, often has to hunt for the latest issue until I’m through.

Anne Riemer

Groton, Mass.

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