Clue­less­ness on cy­berthreats

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Obama’s cy­ber si­lence,” Opin­ion, June 10

For­mer U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions John Bolton’s sug­gested “strat­egy” is all too pre­dictable.

He writes in his op-ed about for­eign cyberespionage and hack­ing gov­ern­ment sites (which he as­sumes em­anated from China, but with­out a shred of ev­i­dence): “First, Amer­ica must cre­ate struc­tures of de­ter­rence. Start­ing now, Amer­ica’s cy­ber re­sponse should be dis­pro­por­tion­ate.”

This is just like his and the other neo­con­ser­va­tives’ “strat­egy” for go­ing to war in Iraq. Those mis­placed knee-jerk re­ac­tions of Bolton and oth­ers have cost our coun­try im­mea­sur­ably, just like Bolton’s dis­pro­por­tion­ate re­sponse to the Chi­nese would.

And he’s sup­posed to be a diplo­mat.

Ken Gold­man

Bev­erly Hills

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