For John, BLUF: The danger is we could talk ourselves into some stupid ideas. Nothing to see here; just move along.
"American intelligence agencies have concluded with 'high confidence' that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump..."
It is about The Old Gray Lady, and the White House, talking about Russia "hacking" our Presidential Election. The articles conclusion was that the Russians were supporting Mr Trump.
Professor Althouse does quote this paragraph from the article:
The NYT also raises the theory that the Russians — like most people — assumed Hillary was going to win, and they weren't trying to defeat her, but undercut her presidency. In this theory, they weren't so concerned with hurting Trump because they didn't think he'd win.Unless you think the Russia intelligence apparatus is a lot smarter than Nate Silver, Paul Krugman, the Mainstream Media and almost all of Hillary Clinton's advisors, that is the view to take.
It appears we are still way early on the Kübler-Ross Model, somewhere between denial and anger.
The thing is, if this really happened it was an electronic Pearl Harbor. If you believe this happened you should immediately disconnect from the "Internet of Things" and run out and buy a generator, a gas cook stove and a gas space heater. The President needs to immediately and preemptively fire the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and the Directors of CIA, NSA, and DIA. Just like after Pearl Harbor we fired the Hawaiian Commanders, Admiral Husband Kimmel and Army Lt Gen Short. If true, this breach is such an unmitigated disaster that emergency measures are needed. We can"t wait for the next President to be Inaugurated.I, on the other hand, think this is a tempest in a tea pot. Hat tip to the Althouse blog.
Regards — Cliff