When Do We Attack China?

This is a pretty bold threat, seeing as how the United States’ government, infrastructure, corporations, and individuals are being seriously cyberattacked ever second of every day.

Cyber Combat: Act of War

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country’s military.

In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” said a military official.

See also:
Pentagon warns that cyber-attacks will be seen as ‘acts of war’
US Pentagon to treat cyber-attacks as ‘acts of war’
‘Cyber attacks are an act of war’: Pentagon to announce new rules of engagement against state sponsored hackers
US could respond to cyber-attack with conventional weapons
U.S. Government Says Cyber Attacks May Be Acts of War
Pentagon: Computer hacking can constitute an act of war
U.S. will treat cyber-attacks as act of war
Get Your Cyber War On
Acts of War in the Computer Age
The cyber arms race
Matt Gurney: U.S. military says a cyber attack means war. But with who?
The Pentagon Is Confused About How to Fight a Cyber War

So, with all the thousands of state sponsored cyberattacks unfolding 24/7/365, who are we going to attack first, China, Russia? There’s plenty of the usual suspects probing the United States’ cyberdefenses constantly, it’s hard to choose just one culprit. And what if we get the source of a cyberattack wrong? The exact origin of most of these exploits is extremely difficult to pin down. What if we mistakenly launch a missile strike on China for hacking damage that was actually caused by the Russian Mafia, how cool would that be? Probably not very cool at all.

/and, of course, when we announce a brinkmanship policy like this, and then immediately fail to back up our words with deeds, it become much more than just a joke, it manifests a profound, telltale show of national weakness

Operation Hemorrhage

Al Qaeda has a new asymmetric warfare strategy. Instead of plotting spectacular attacks that might take years to plan and execute, they’re now intent on carrying out cheaper, smaller, more frequent attacks with the goal of causing economic damage by making the West respond to the threat, whether the attacks succeed or not.

Al Qaeda Promises U.S. Death By A ‘Thousand Cuts’

Printer bombs planted on two cargo flights last month cost only a few thousand dollars and were intended to affect the American economy, according to a newly published Al Qaeda-affiliated magazine.

The attempt was called “Operation Hemorrhage,” boasted the magazine, and the entire plot cost al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, only $4,200.

. . .

The magazine also revealed the attack was not meant to kill more than the plane’s pilot and co-pilot, and was meant to force the U.S. government to spend billions of dollars on preventive security screening measures.

The strategy, the magazine said, was “of attacking the enemy with smaller, but more frequent operations is what some may refer to as the strategy of a thousand cuts. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death.”

See also:
Al-Qa’ida plot cost only $4261
Cargo-bomb plot cost just $4,200 : Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda claims parcel bomb plot cost $4,200
New issue of Al Qaeda magazine details failed mail bomb plot, signals shift to smaller-scale attacks
Qaeda Branch Aimed for Broad Damage at Low Cost
Al-Qaeda boasts of ‘bargain’ bomb plots
Al-Qaeda vows to continue parcel bomb attacks
Small-scale attacks to continue, Al Qaeda group says
Report: Would-be plane bombers post attack details
AQAP: Mail Plots Successful, Cost Low
AQAP Releases Special Issue of ‘Inspire’ Magazine ‘Operation Hemorrhage’ – Dedicated Entirely To Explosive Parcels Plot

So far, even though none of their attacks has been successful, AQAP is achieving its goal of causing massive economic damage by forcing the West to onerously tighten security measures, at great expense, in response to the terrorist threats. This new strategy costs al Qaeda next to nothing, while the West does all the economic damage heavy lifting against themselves, trying to defend against the perceived threat, whether the threat is real or implied.

/perhaps the best example of how well this new al Qaeda strategy is working is the ongoing TSA debacle

A Veteran On Veteran’s Day

Sixty-seven years ago today and a long way from home . . .

LINDSTROM, FLOYD K.

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 11 November 1943, this soldier’s platoon was furnishing machinegun support for a rifle company attacking a hill near Mignano, Italy, when the enemy counterattacked, forcing the riflemen and half the machinegun platoon to retire to a defensive position. Pfc. Lindstrom saw that his small section was alone and outnumbered 5 to 1, yet he immediately deployed the few remaining men into position and opened fire with his single gun. The enemy centered fire on him with machinegun, machine pistols, and grenades. Unable to knock out the enemy nest from his original position, Pfc. Lindstrom picked up his own heavy machinegun and staggered 15 yards up the barren, rocky hillside to a new position, completely ignoring enemy small arms fire which was striking all around him. From this new site, only 10 yards from the enemy machinegun, he engaged it in an intense duel. Realizing that he could not hit the hostile gunners because they were behind a large rock, he charged uphill under a steady stream of fire, killed both gunners with his pistol and dragged their gun down to his own men, directing them to employ it against the enemy. Disregarding heavy rifle fire, he returned to the enemy machinegun nest for 2 boxes of ammunition, came back and resumed withering fire from his own gun. His spectacular performance completely broke up the German counterattack. Pfc. Lindstrom demonstrated aggressive spirit and complete fearlessness in the face of almost certain death.

See also:
Congressional Medal of Honor
Heroes of the Italian Campaign

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
of the 3rd Infantry Division

Floyd K. Lindstrom
Floyd K. Lindstrom

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

/Elmer Davis

/God bless and protect our troops, past, present, and future, so that they may protect our country and keep us safe