|Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin at Putin's dacha 2009-07-07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Obama talks tough but suppose things get ugly on the brave new cyber front and Russia decides to cause a few accidents using cyber warfare. U.S. power plants, chemical industries, air traffic communication, water supply and food safety all seem very vulnerable to cyber attack in my opinion. I believe Russia is capable of escalating the situation to a point that the U.S. would give anything to avoid. I do not believe that Putin is intimidated by Obama's big talk. We should instead "speak softly, and carry a big stick".
There is already constant low key cyber warfare between the U.S., Russia, China and other countries. Escalating to all out cyber warfare against Russia may not be as pretty and antiseptic as Obama is proposing in his public statements. War of any kind can be messy.