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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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 ...
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The Week

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Poetry

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Education

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More
Elections

Weirdo O’Rourke

Friends of the young Bill Clinton and Barack Obama spoke of the special glow of promise they had about them, even back in their early twenties. Angels sat on their shoulders. History gave them a wink and said, “Hey, good lookin’, I’ll be back to pick you up later.” Robert O’Rourke? Not so much. He ... Read More
Elections

One More Profile of Beto, Because America Needs It

Somewhere in Texas, filed on the fly by a glossy-magazine correspondent, and totally not as a parody written by Jim Geraghty -- “It’s all about vision,” Beto O’Rourke tells me, standing tall upon the Texas prairie, or brush, or whatever this high hilltop area is supposed to be called. We’re watching the ... Read More