Worth noting that Donilon’s words were the White House’s most explicit comments on Chinese cyberhacking.
Before the White House commented in response to the Mandiant report, but were mostly happy to let Mandiant do much of the talking. Now the White House is talking…
I see US rightwingers are finally taking notice.
How to tell?
They are accusing Obama of not having acted soon enough
According to the Washington Times:
On plans to deter Chinese cyber attacks, senior administration officials turned down a series of tough options designed to dissuade China from further attacks that were developed over a three-month period beginning in August 2011.
According to administration officials familiar with internal discussions, the options were dismissed as too disruptive of U.S.-China relations.
And this gets at the US’s conflicted position with China. On one hand, China is a massive trade partner that the US was wary of offending. On the other, China is a massive, long-term strategic competitor.
I wonder if voices calling for a more critical view will grew in the White House, and in the US overall.
For Repubs in search of an issue, this is a no-brainer. I ask them: who is tougher on Chinese hackers? The Republicans or the Democrats?