Why go nuclear when you can go cyber? …
Originally posted by The Mesh Report (edited):
“Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.”
The book prompted a debate in Washington about leaks, specifically, the one about President Obama approving and accelerating the use of cyber war against Iran to stop its nuclear program.
“The argument is not about the use of a new weapon” said David Sanger, author and the New York Times’ chief White House correspondent. ”Washington spent most of the last week debating the question of who leaked the fact America uses this weapon.”
According to US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, cyber espionage is an act of war.
Has the United States declared war on Iran with this cyber attack on their nuclear program?
If it has it was in a manner similar to the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.
“That was one of the reasons it was very important to discuss the fact that the United States uses cyber weapons … we need a debate within the U.S. on how you use this weapon.”
But the committee for the discussion of the people's right to use cyber terrrrrsm was sidelined according to the source:
“It is so Washington that the argument is not about the American use of a new weapon…" ”Washington spent most of the last week debating the question of who leaked the fact America uses this weapon.”
The problem is now; Iran has no real problem points for security breaches of its digital infrastructure.
Apparently it is a third world economy as far as computing goes. The machines attacked were running Microsoft operating systems for goodness sake!
They are under an embargo as far as mainframes and even iPods are concerned.
The thing is that for a mathematically gifted country, they can spend their military budget on education and end up with the worlds most evil cyber squads ever.
All they would have to tell the students is that their education is aimed at ruining the United States' economy.
In 10 years time the war will come back to haunt whoever it is left holding the soiled nappies when Obama has retired to the Bahamas or wherever he has planned.
It will make the George Dumbya fiascos look like well planned initiative.
In the Vietnam War, the natives literally undermined the US troops. And with the Charlie Wilson strategy paying Russian dividends in Iraq and Afghanistan, anyone can see what sniping will do to even well entrenched military bases.
In a sniping war you don't have to kill all the enemy, you just need to make life unpalatable for a moment. And then top the fear factor up every once in a while. You can't keep anyone on high alert indefinitely.
Guards drop and another sniper gets another victim. Soon morale is ebbing and the squads involved will need replacing. Then you have issues with mined routes.
With a cyber terror threat you never get to kill the snipers. Ever!
And each success they have breeds another facet of more success.
And the thing is had they spent the money on enriched Uranium or Plutonium production, they would never have used the weapon. Ever!
They would have just sat in their silos, costing an arm and a leg to keep them in condition. Just like Russian, French, British, Israeli, Indian and USAn missiles the world over.
Dumb, or what?