According to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, depending on the severity of what is discovered in an investigation of Russian cyberattacks on America, the hacks could be considered an "act of war."
McCain's alarming comments came during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper Monday:
— CNN (@CNN) December 12, 2016
The senator then pivoted into a criticism of Obama's incompetence after seven years in the Oval Office:
Cyberattacks, when you destroy, or impact the ability of a nation to function, that is an act of war. But it doesn't mean World War III. It means there should be a proportionate responses and development of capabilities to see that it doesn't happen again. This administration has no policy and no strategy. I mean, what I mean is, there is no policy on what we do when there's an attack coming. There's no policy on how to respond. Theres no policy on any aspect of it. And we need that very badly, obviously.
This contradicts President-elect Donald Trump and his defenders who say there is absolutely no evidence for the CIA's assessment accusing Russia of tampering with our elections. Trump even mocked the CIA Monday morning from his Twitter account:
Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481548674.0
Unless you catch "hackers" in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn't this brought up before election?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481548880.0
John Bolton went as far as to say that it was a "false flag" accusation orchestrated by Barack Obama. It's clear that Democrats are using the occasion to tarnish the legitimacy of Trump's victory, but given that so many Republicans are also demanding more investigation, these charges aren't going away soon.