Barack Obama is the most disinterested president ever, when it comes to the sovereignty of the United States of America.
The cyber-attack on Sony was not funny, and it wasn’t a random attack by a few hackers trying to make a point.
Outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers sees the attack as much more, and he is clearly unhappy with the offhand way the president and his administration is treating it. In his remarks on Sunday, Rogers lambasted President Obama for not taking quicker action against the now known perpetrator, North Korea, following the attack on Sony .
Rogers sees repercussions for future cyber-attacks against other American interests that could widen in scope.
As Rep. Rogers said with obvious anger, “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “This was a nation state attack on the United States.”
Rogers, a Michigan congressman, bitterly complained that Obama promised a proportional response to the attacks on Friday, yet he “laid out a little of the playbook.” Rovers thinks that a “little” is not enough, because what North Korea did was as close as you come to declaring war on the U.S., without actually declaring war.
In his address concerning the North Koreans, Obama said the United States “would respond.” Rogers was adamant that such a meek response in the face of what amounts to an attack on the U.S.A. could easily embolden enemy nations vastly weaker militarily than the U.S.
President Obama said in an interview on CNN that it was an “act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We will respond proportionately.” He made no mention of describing it as an act of war which many in the Washington community think it is.
The aftermath of the North Korean hacking and outright threats which exposed Sony’s financial records and personal e-mails made barely a dent in the president’s normal daily procedures. The hackers threatened 9-11-style attacks on the United States unless the Japanese-owned studios withdrew its comedy, “The Interview.”
Rogers, in his last days in Congress made a final push on Sunday for a bill that aids sharing cyber-security information between the National Security Agency and the private sector. It has already passed the House but is expected to fail in the Senate unless introduced after the Republicans gain control next month. It has been stalled there for approximately a year.