Hey, remember when the Democrats insisted emails weren’t a problem?
These days, a lot of people are PANICKING OVER PUTIN OMG. They’re finally saying the same things Mitt Romney was saying about Russia four years ago, although they’ll never admit he was right. But there’s one question they refuse to ask: If Russian hackers have become such a problem, where has Obama been this whole time?
The NYT just published a very alarming story about these Russian hackers, detailing just how inept our leaders (and aspirant leaders) are. And buried deep within the story, way down in paragraph 64, is the lede. Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, and Scott Shane:
Mr. Obama was briefed regularly on all this, but he made a decision that many in the White House now regret: He did not name Russians publicly, or issue sanctions. There was always a reason: fear of escalating a cyberwar, and concern that the United States needed Russia’s cooperation in negotiations over Syria.
“We’d have all these circular meetings,” one senior State Department official said, “in which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didn’t happen.”
So the Russians escalated again — breaking into systems not just for espionage, but to publish or broadcast what they found, known as “doxing” in the cyberworld.
Obama knew. He did nothing. The Russians saw this as a sign of weakness, and it emboldened them.
It’s like they think they’re back in the ’80s. Is this really the way the Russians are supposed to behave in the 20th Century? Don’t they know Obama Is Awesome™?