The Washington Post on how China crosses Obama’s cyber “red line” and he has yet to take a single one of his promised actions:
“As of today, the United States has a new tool to protect our nation, our companies, and our citizens ,” Obama declared, “and in the days and years ahead, we will use it.”
Except he’s not using it. In the days after he spoke those words, the United States discovered that Chinese government hackers had broken into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management — stealing the personnel records of as many as 18 million Americans.
Experts told me it was the most devastating cyberattack in the history of our country. One retired four-star general and cybersecurity expert described the OPM hack as a “Cyber 9/11.”
So how has the Obama administration responded? Did it follow through on Obama’s threat and impose sanctions on those responsible? Not even close. For weeks, the administration would not even acknowledge that China was behind the attack. Then, last Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper finally admitted China was to blame, telling an intelligence conference “You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did.”
Salute them? No, you don’t. You have to sanction the Chinese for what they did.
It is hard to argue against the tone of the article. China has been eating the US governments cyber-lunch and the administration has yet to take a single quantifiable action against the country.
Obama had his so-called “pivot to Asia” to combat the China threat but squandered the opportunity. Instead, it turned out to be all talk and no action, much like his entire two terms in office.