Google Seeks to Exploit Sony Cyberattack for Its Own Self-Interest
The Sony cyberattack - apparently state-sponsored - obviously raises solemn concerns, including national security and the very safety of American citizens.
Accordingly, immediate public discussion should focus primarily upon the gravity of the attack and how the Internet, one of the most transformative and beneficial innovations in human history, can sometimes become a tool for those with destructive and even deadly intent. While Sony Pictures, its employees, and its customers were the immediate victims this time, the reality is that this could happen to anyone and any enterprise. In fact, such attacks on other companies and individuals occur at an alarmingly accelerating pace.
Leave it to Google, however, to attempt to profit from the attack and leverage it on behalf of its own…[more]
Last year, during the funeral services for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, President Obama was photographed shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro, a move that infuriated Cuban exiles and all those who oppose the murderous regime in Havana.
At the time, the critics were told that they were overreacting to a gesture that was little more than an exercise in presidential decorum. On Wednesday, that argument was definitively given the lie.
Speaking at the White House, President Obama announced that the Castro regime had agreed to the release of Alan Gross, an aid worker who had been imprisoned…
"Obama is hardly the first president to seek rapprochement with our adversaries and reconciliation with our enemies, of course. But his determination to make nice -- even in the face of clear and repeated rejection from the other side -- is unparalleled. For Obama and his team, diplomacy with rogue regimes is an end in itself, and any deal, however one-sided, is a win, especially one that the White…[more]