Ed Driscoll

A President in Free-Fall Sleeps Through a Cyber Pearl Harbor

Not surprisingly, PJM alumnus Jennifer Rubin is much more aware of how Mr. Obama’s personal existential crisis has worldwide ramifications than Maureen Dowd, whose column we deconstructed in the previous post, and to her credit, Jennifer manages to chart “A presidency in free-fall” without resorting to pretentious T.S. Eliot references:

And so the remainder of his term becomes one giant gamble: Can we get through the next 18 months without a serious attack on the homeland, with no irreversible disasters in the region?

Well, so much for that idea, at least in terms of information theft. As Glenn Reynolds writes in USA Today, “What if Pearl Harbor happened and nobody noticed?”

Last week, while people were going on about the white woman who posed as black to get an NAACP job, Hillary Clinton’s (latest) campaign relaunch and President Obama’s trade-bill debacle in the House, a much bigger story slipped by with much less hoopla: the successful seizure of a vast trove of federal personnel records, reportedly by the Chinese.

And then it got worse. “Hackers linked to China have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, U.S. officials said Friday, describing a cyberbreach of federal records dramatically worse than first acknowledged.”

And there are lessons in this debacle, if we are willing to learn them.

Read the whole thing; to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, which takes plays shortly before the real Pearl Harbor, “I bet they’re asleep in Berkeley — I bet they’re asleep all over ‘Progressive’ America.” But there’s no reason the rest of us should spend our days in such a mental slumber.