WASHINGTON DC, (Washington Insider Magazine) – President Joe Biden on Friday again told Russian strongman Vladimir Putin that he wants those cyberattacks to cease, but it’s obvious Washington won’t get results until it does more than threaten vague consequences.
“Biden reiterated that the United States will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge,” the White House claimed. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “This is the first time . . . that there has been this level of engagement at this level.”
Huh? What about Biden’s supposedly tough threat at last month’s summit in Geneva, when he listed 16 areas where attacks would prompt an immediate response?
Hmm. The Russian hackers behind the attack on meat-processor JBS have gone on to launch hundreds of cyberassaults around the world since Geneva, some clearly crossing Biden’s red line — and Biden’s response is a stern phone call? Putin must be quaking in the Kremlin basement!
Then again, Biden did nothing about the JBS and USAID attacks, each likely undertaken by Kremlin-linked groups, before Geneva. And his July 3 answer to more recent attacks was to . . . order his aides to find out for sure if they came from Russia while insisting he’d “respond” if certain that another cyberassault hit “either with the knowledge of and/or consequence of Russia.”