The closure of the facility could limit military and tech-industry espionage—and leaves Russia with no diplomatic presence on the West Coast. POLITICO (It's possible, even likely, that Trump didn't know that kicking the Russians out of this consultate would really piss Putin off. HB)
President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser has made this point in a series of op-eds, speeches and appearances on panels and television, arguing that America should deploy its “muscular cyber capabilities” to strike back against digital adversaries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. The point, he said, would be to impose costs “so high that they will simply consign all their cyber warfare plans to their computer memories to gather electronic dust.”
Trump probably was attracted to the machismo bluster of this Fox News personality.
Bolton knows that we have been losing the modern equivalent of bullets and bombs warfare. He cannot abide America losing in a war, let alone being on the defensive.
He knows we have been cyber bombed by Russia. He has called their meddling in the election an act of war.
Now he wants to cyber bomb them in retaliation.
Bomb North Korea!
Bomb Putin’s Russia!
I can’t wait to see how Trump get’s himself out of this one when he tries to convince Bolton that we must not upset Putin and Bolton, who is no shrinking violet, stands up to him by pushing hard for a much more aggressive retaliation than merely expelling spies and amping up his rhetoric.
Donald Trump has defiantly refused to criticize Vladimir Putin in public, even as he’s authorized increasingly hawkish policies to counter Russian bellicosity. Administration officials are signaling this may soon change, and the president’s alpha male inclinations are a big reason. Washington Post.
He is in too deep with this selection to change his mind. He can’t risk the big-time egg on his face by firing him. Bolton is a darling of Fox News and the far right. Congress can’t do it for him since Bolton doesn't need to be confirmed.
Can and will Trump risk doing something that will really piss Putin off?
The next head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command will be taking charge in the face of what intelligence officials call the greatest strategic threat to the United States: Russia’s efforts to disrupt U.S. elections.
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who is widely expected to be confirmed this month, also will confront Russia’s aggressive targeting of the U.S. electrical grid and other critical infrastructure, and if directed would be responsible for providing the president and defense secretary options to counter such provocations.
“Russia is the most significant national security threat facing Paul Nakasone at Cyber Command and NSA,” said Eric Rosenbach, a former Pentagon chief of staff and senior cyber official. “Given the escalating tensions between the United States and Russia, and the fact that they continue to hack key democratic institutions and conduct information operations, that makes Russia his top strategic concern when he assumes command.”
Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March, Nakasone was asked whether CyberCom, an organization he helped launch, had options to strike back against U.S. adversaries, including Russia. He said he knew that offensive plans “have been developed” and that, if confirmed, this would be one of “the early areas that I would look into.’’
“Attempting to undermine America’s constitution is far more than just a quotidian covert operation. It is in fact a casus belli, a true act of war, and one Washington will never tolerate,” Bolton said.
Bolton spoke about Russian meddling again after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens for setting up servers in the U.S. and facilities in St. Petersburg, Russia, to orchestrate an influence operation in the run-up to the election.
Bolton’s advice on how the U.S. respond was emblematic of his philosophy overall:
“We should respond in cyberspace and elsewhere. I don’t think the response should be proportionate. I think it should be very disproportionate. Because deterrence works when you tell your adversary that they will experience enormous cost when they impose costs on you. That’s causes them to say we’re not even going to think about it.”
Bolton was the point man for ABM Treaty diplomacy with the Russians—itself a signal that there was no doubting Bush’s intention to get out. Bolton even went to Moscow the week after the 9/11 attacks to underscore the point, and felt nothing of wrapping a U.S. missile shield in the bloody shirt of a terrorist attack that the shield would never have stopped.
“While missile defense would not have prevented this abomination,” Bolton said at the time, “it does show that the United States faces severe threats from terrorism and from rogue states, and that among the things we have to continue to work on is missile defense.”
Bolton’s offer to Moscow was Corleone-esque: nothing. An anonymous U.S. official toldTheWashington Post’s Russia correspondent, during a Bolton sojourn to the Kremlin, that the Russians “realized that maybe we’re not going to negotiate on this before the treaty is gone.”
Bolton would soon gloat—on the record—that he had gotten the Russians to recognize that U.S. withdrawal from the treaty was an uncomfortable pill they nevertheless needed to swallow. “I tried to convince the Russians when I was in Moscow last week how serious we are about withdrawing from this treaty,” Bolton remarked. “I said: ‘You need to start understanding this treaty as a six-month treaty, renewable on a daily basis.’ And I think that got their attention.”