Obama Weighing Option to Strike Assad in Syria

Russia is about to become even more angry and belligerent. The CIA is planning to retaliate against Moscow for hacking our political organizations.

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.

The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin doesn't care about what we might expose about him. He has a stranglehold on the Russian people and they will believe anything he tells them.

But such an attack would hit Putin where it hurts: his pride. Given this, an attack on Assad would be foolhardy, giving Putin a chance to even the score by shooting down a few American planes.

In the end, it is doubtful anything more than smoke and mirrors will emerge from these discussions. Short of going to war with Russia, the president has few viable options.