US Responses to Cyberattacks – Circus du Jour

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joel Harding


I’m officially angry.  *grin*  Not.  One of the most brilliant, most articulate and thoughtful persons I have the delight of knowing asked me a straight forward question recently.  I joked with her that she made me think before 9 am and that was a no-no.  Nickel asked me this:

Why does the US respond differently to attacks from Iran as they do from China?

I immediately got lost in the thought process and began blathering on paper…

Why different responses?

1.  Because we can.  Actually, not true. It’s because we must. We are incapable of a coherent plan…
2.  Because we have no comprehensive national strategy, no regional strategy and no coordination process worth a darn.
3.  Because we have no standards
4.  Because we have an ad hoc approach to everything (because we have no strategy and no standards).
5.  Because we have a dysfunctional Congress mired in political games, Congress has few experts, don’t bother to read even basic CRS reports, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
6.  Because it’s emotional.  We lack a professional response to any of this.
7.  Because Iran pissed in our corn flakes
8. Because the potential of economic gain from friendly relations with China precludes a reasonable response.


On the first point, actually, that’s not true.  We are capable, we just lack the balls.  We lack leadership and we lack the vision in our leadership.

Oh, shoot. I think I just wrote about this the other day!   Something about our massively dysfunctional cyber system?

Who is in charge?  Don’t answer that, you don’t want to know.  Okay, an easier question, more focused:  Who is in charge of our national response to anything done by Iran?   It depends?  What do you mean?  Do you mean to say that there is no one person or office, no agency or even a department with the mission of coordinating a national response?  That the “lead” changes according to the crisis du jour?   Funny thing, as I typed that I initially typed in Circus du Jour, which probably is more appropriate…

I wonder if other governments realize that the United States lacks a  comprehensive systematic approach to most problems?   Please think about that for a moment today.

"Years of dealing with nKorea, China, Russia, Iraq, and Afghanistan… yet we want to go about making the same mistakes every time we start anew.  It does not make sense that we cannot learn from past practices and improve our strategic actions."  -Nicoline Jaramillo

Cross-posted from To Inform is to Influence

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