America, Stop Crying Over the Hackers! Give Them Medals Instead

Two things in the CIA’s current statements make me laugh. The first of them isn’t the main point. A couple years ago, America was saying Russia had fallen behind for good. Then, all of a sudden, our hackers have defeated its entire Silicon Valley. Because shouldn’t the best computer scientists be defending Clinton’s servers? But it appears they couldn’t cope. It’d be best to sound the alarm: Is something perhaps wrong in Silicon Valley? Should someone maybe be punished for the disgraceful cyber security? That would be better than crying to the whole world that poor America is naked before these hackers—they do what they want. If, according to the CIA, Russian hackers are beating the agency’s attempts to defend the presidential election—on direct orders from Putin, no less—then shouldn’t the CIA’s entire leadership, as honest people, resign? It’s their direct failure. How could things get any worse? Well, unless Putin himself runs for the American presidency. And if you listen to the CIA, he’d win for sure.

The second thing is what’s important. Is what the hackers pilfered from Clinton’s computer the truth? If everything there was squeaky clean, how could it affect the outcome of the election? But if she did commit offenses, then doesn’t it follow that Clinton herself affected the outcome of the election and not those who publicized them? No matter who they were. If, for example, some foreigner grabbed a thief by the arm in a supermarket, he wouldn’t be accused of interfering in the internal affairs of the U.S. Or would he? I’m all mixed up already.

And if Clinton’s actions were a threat to the country—otherwise why would they have made enough of an impression on voters that they even voted for the other candidate—then it’s indeed necessary to find the hackers. And award them medals for service to the U.S. homeland. That’s what I think.

I don’t like propaganda. It’s stupid. …

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Jeffrey studied Russian language at Northwestern University and at the Russian State University for the Humanities. He spent one year in Moscow doing independent research as a Fulbright fellow from 2007 to 2008.

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