“You ask, What is our policy? I will say; ‘It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.’ You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory-victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.” -Winston Churchill
Time for America to Ask Biden: What Is Our Policy
At the time Churchill, that marvelous titan of the 20th Century, gave the above speech (part of his famous “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech), Great Britain was in a dark place.
Invasion of the British Isles seemed imminent. Nazi Germany was undefeated on the battlefield, having beaten the Poles, swept into the Low Countries, and begun to humiliate the French. The Soviets, after invading Poland in conjunction with the Nazis, seemed to be allied with that horrible dictator, Adolf Hitler. American was yet uninvolved in the Continental unpleasantness and, as a result, wasn’t shipping Britain the armaments it needed to effectively wage a modern, mechanized war. Chamberlain’s policies of appeasement and his predecessor’s cuts to the armed forces, especially the RAF, had left Britain almost undefended in the face of Nazi aggression.
So, what did Churchill do? Did he give in and back down? No, as he told the British people when he rhetorically asked “what is our policy?,” he would fight to the end and fight for victory. Whatever the odds, he’d do what was necessary to preserve the Empire’s honor and triumph over the enemy.
America today finds itself in a much better situation. Our Armed Forces, despite being focused more on wokeness than victory, are relatively strong. We have the resources, if not the stockpiles, to fight a long, intense war. No enemy has yet swept through the territory of our allies or bombarded our homeland.
But we do find ourselves, in the cyber realm, at least, at the precipice of a conflict that we aren’t ready to fight.
A Russian hacking group shut down a pipeline that services the Southeast with most of its fuel supplies. Other Russian groups have stolen treasure troves of personal information, hacked into government computers across agency after agency, and launched cyberattacks on our allies. They shut down the Ukrainian grid, routinely interfere with Ukraine in the cyber realm, and have likely been involved in other, devious plots about which the public has not yet learned.
Similarly, the Chinese routinely hack and steal from our companies. They pilfer classified information (if they can’t find useful idiots like the Honeywell executives to just hand it to them), steal trade secrets, and interfere with the computers of both average citizens and government workers.
In the cyber realm, both the Chinese and Russians are bad news. Both non-state actors and government affiliated hacking groups want to do the US harm and see attacking it online as a good way to do so.
As discussed in a recent article, our power grid and water supply are open to being hacked and shut down or held hostage. As is written about in Battlefield Russia, hackers could wreak havoc by interfering with digital bank records. Future cyber assaults emulating the Colonial Pipeline hack could interfere with commerce and government operations on a major level by shutting down US access to fuel. Continued industrial espionage could put the US’s economic place in the world in danger. It’s a dangerous world out there, and only getting more so.
Now, before it’s too late, is the time to ask Joe Biden “what is our policy?” Will we sit idly by, our thumbs up our asses (pardon my French), as the Red Chinese and Russian oligarchs launch continued attacks on our government and economy? Will we let terrorists, profit-driven hackers, and online cyber warriors grind commerce to a halt while swiping secrets and causing chaos? By not responding forcefully to the Colonial hack, that appears to be Biden’s Chamberlainesque/Carteresque policy: he seems to stand for appeasement at any cost, tamely surrendering at every opportunity.
Or, rather, will Biden stand up for America? Will our policy become, in the words of Churchill, “victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival,” as is befitting of our place in the world?
Open war would probably not be the prudent path as of now. While the potential dangers of continued hacks are immense, they currently pale in comparison to the risk of global, thermonuclear war that would accompany hostilities with Red China and Russia.
But a limited cyber conflict? That should be in the cards, and it is highly disturbing it is not yet our policy. We have experienced a long train of abuses: hacks, cyberattacks, ransomware, and more have been inflicted upon an innocent American people by our enemies abroad. It is time to respond.
Pinkos and naïve peaceniks will tell you that there’s no need for conflict, that we should purchase peace at any price. I say, if we don’t fight for access to our internal infrastructure and ability to remain a functioning commercial republic, then what would/should we fight for? Would we let the Wagner Group seize access to the Colonial pipeline and control the flow of gas into the Southeast? Would we let the Chinese Navy seize an aircraft carrier on the high seas and pilfer every piece of useful technology aboard it?
While I have my doubts about Biden’s true loyalties, not to mention his non-existent backbone, I doubt that even he would let those absurd abuses transpire.
We must therefore ask why it is allowed to happen when done via the cyber realm rather than the physical realm. Why is it different for the Reds to steal our secrets online or for the Russians to shut down our fuel transportation services online or in person? Both would be equally devastating, what is the difference other than the means by which they are achieved?
The time has come for America to stand up for itself. When we’re hacked, we should respond in a way that makes whoever did it lie awake at night hoping we grant him one more moment of life. When our secrets are stolen we should respond in like kind, recovering the value of what was lost plus some. And if any government or infrastructure services are impeded, we should wreak holy hell on the power grid and government IT services of whoever did it.
That would be dangerous, and it might scare those with weaker knees. But it is necessary. The national honor and our national security must be preseved; both will disappear if we continually let our enemies get away with humiliating us in such obvious fashion.
So, Mr. Biden, I ask you: “what is our policy?” Is it appeasement or strength, cowardice or honor, surrender or victory?
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