How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama

August 7, 2012

Michael Crowley

A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according to a range of current and former national security officials, including the top American commander in charge of cyber security. But after months of inconclusive debate, Congress skipped town last week without passing a cyber security law. And neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama had anything to say about it.

It’s curious that cyber security would be absent from the presidential campaign. The national security stakes are obvious. It’s a technical issue, perhaps, but any American who’s had a computer virus can understand it. And as a political proposition, it offers Barack Obama a fine opportunity to attack Republicans from their right.

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