Reading about the U.S. intelligence community’s declassified report released Friday that directly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering a campaign to influence the U.S. election and hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, that Caleb reported about here, got me thinking about how blessed we are that Hillary is not president.
During her campaign speech at the American Legion National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 31, 2016, the Democrats’ failed presidential nominee and former secretary of state, said that we need to respond to threats from states like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. Hillary went on to say that if she were president cyberattacks against U.S. interests will be treated “like any other attack” – and that includes military action.
We need to respond to evolving threats from states like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea . . . As President, I will make it clear, that the United States will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses.
You can watch Hillary’s belligerent comments in the following video clip:
We need to respond to evolving threats from states like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea from networks, criminal and terrorist networks like ISIS. We need a military that is ready and agile so it can meet the full range of threats, and operate on short notice across every domain, not just land, sea, air and space, but also cyberspace.
We’ll invest in new technology so new breakthrough’s can transform our military, just as stealth, precision weapons and advance communications did in the past.
We’ll make a renewed push to reduce the world’s nuclear weapons. Because that does make us all safer. And we’ll step up our efforts to secure nuclear material around the world and stop terrorists from acquiring or using weapons of mass destruction. One of the first things I will do as president, is to call for a new nuclear posture review. We have to make sure that America’s arsenal is prepared to meet future threats.
We’ll invest in the next frontier of military engagement, protecting U.S. interests in outer space and cyberspace. You’ve seen reports. Russia’s hacked into a lot of things. China’s hacked into a lot of things. Russia even hacked into the Democratic National Committee, maybe even some state election systems. So, we’ve got to step up our game. Make sure we are well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us.
As President, I will make it clear, that the United States will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses. And we’re going to invest in protecting our governmental networks and our national infrastructure. I want us to lead the world in setting the rules of cyberspace.
Tough talk for a diplomat. Imagine what kind of a military response a president Hillary might have ordered.
Don’t forget that since 2011 President Obama, the man who unleashed the “Stuxnet” software, has been trying to figure out when the U.S. will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would any other threat. Also in 2011, the Pentagon decreed that any cyberattack on the U.S. would be deemed “an act of war.”