Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Growing Sense of Ill Ease.

Upon returning from the long holiday weekend I was confronted with a couple of stories that I found most disconcerting and not at all coincidental. The first was an email reporting that Lockheed Martin had shut down all secured external access to email and other systems due to a cyber attack that had succeeded in making off with SecurID related data and possibly the means to generate one time codes that would allow entry into its systems. The warning also stated that the hack “strongly pointed to state-sponsored hackers.” If this were not disturbing enough I then came across a story in this morning’s Wall Street Journal titled “Cyber Combat: Act of War.” The first sentence sent chills down my spine. “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 full story can be found here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

Couple this with the fact that we have a President in office who seems to think he can conduct undeclared war against whomever he feels whenever he wants and dismisses as “unnecessary” any obligations under existing legislation to obtain required authorization from Congress before extending US military action beyond 60 days and we have a recipe for both a Constitutional crisis and military crisis that could spin out of control with but one unexpected incident.

Now let’s throw into the mix a statement by the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs, Moshe Yallon; “We would strongly hope that the entire civilized world will come to realize what threat this regime is posing and take joint action to avert a nuclear threat posed by Iran, even if it would be necessary to conduct a pre-emptive strike.”

It’s not that I don’t think that Iran does not represent an existential threat to Israel and Western Civilization in general. After all we are dealing with religious fanatics and not rational pragmatists as we had in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. That in and of itself is cause for grave concern, but I fear that either the President and his advisors (Zbigniew Brzezinski, is back and his advise worked out oh well for Jimmy Carter) are functioning like that group of blind men standing around an elephant and only able to see and describe what is within their immediate grasp, or this is all a deliberate manipulation of information and public opinion to drag us into an even wider war as the supposed solution the growing and ever threatening financial crisis. After all the American people have a long history of throwing out politicians and parties in the midst of economic crisis, war not so much. What better excuse to seize to the $10 Trillion in private IRA’s and 401K’s than a “national security crisis?” See my previous post.

So then say your prayers, for many it may be the only recourse we have left.

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