He also alerted 3 senior aids to Obama that..... intelligence captured Putin's specific instructions on the operation's audacious objectives--defeat or at least damage the Democratic Nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
... that CIA director John Brennan kept it out of the President's Daily Brief... to guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room folowed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama Bin Laden raid.
For months Obama struggled to find an appropriate response only to settle on modest sanctions.
All the above appear to be quotes from the Washington Post on Hardball with Chris Matthews Saturday June 24th 2017.
When I wrote about how a cyber war would destroy the U.S. in the counter attack from anywhere like Russia or China, it doesn't mean that we wouldn't devastate Russia or China in many ways first. However, a country like China or the U.S. would be economically destroyed in any major Cyber attack. Only Russia could survive something like this because they are in some ways technologically still in the 1940s and 1950s in many ways across Russia except in places like Moscow which might be more like New York or Paris in regard to the Internet.
So, outside of sanctions the U.S. has no useful weapons against what Russia is doing. And the more sanctions we put on Russia the more likely they will increase their cyber attacks until some breaking point into something else.
So, I'm not sure where all this ends up except maybe in the end of the Internet in the Western world as a defense against Russia?
Israel strikes Syrian military near Golan Heights
- The strike came in response to Syrian projectiles, Israel said
- Israeli rockets claimed a number of lives, Syrian state media outlet reported
(CNN)Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday, close to the two countries' disputed border in the Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The action was a response to what the IDF said were more than 10 projectiles fired into Israel from inside Syria. The IDF described the projectile fire as "errant," blaming it on internal fighting.
Israeli aircraft targeted three positions from which the projectiles were fired, the IDF said. The strikes included hits on two tanks belonging to the Syrian regime.
Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported several people were killed in the Israeli strikes. SANA said fighting in the area is between the Syrian regime and the al Nusra Front, a militant Syrian rebel group. No one is reported to have been wounded as a result of the projectile fire.
Israel lodged an official protest with the United Nations' Disengagement Observer Force, which monitors relations between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, over what it called an unacceptable breach of Israeli sovereignty.