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North Koreans Attack America: Obama Wimps Out On His Hollywood Buddies

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President Barack Obama’s Hollywood sycophants might want to reconsider their blind support of their President and the Democratic Party in the wake of the North Korean cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

In a response sure to deter future aggression of this nature, and to send chills down the spine of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, President Obama said the hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war, but rather a "very costly" act of cyber-vandalism. Despite the fact that the FBI has formally accused North Korea's government of the hacking attack, Obama's response was to say “My recommendation would be that people go to the movies.”

Hacks, such as the one that exposed (or overexposed) a variety of Hollywood figures’ private photographs have become so common that they are now almost a staple of Hollywood gossip TV and internet channels – so they aren’t really taken seriously by the public – especially if they result in huge publicity for the aggrieved party.

While the hack of Sony’s computers did have some agreeable moments of schadenfreude, when the hypocrisy and racism of Sony’s big shots was exposed, those titillating tidbits have overshadowed the real message to Hollywood the North Korean economic warfare attack actually delivered – the weakness of Barack Obama in the face of an attack on our economy and civil society by an enemy state.

And let’s not kid ourselves; the Sony Pictures attack is economic warfare.

Back in October of 2011 our old friend Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13), incoming Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who headed a special House Task Force on cyber security, made these comments when the panel issued its report:

The recommendations highlight the critical need for the improvement of existing information sharing structures and the development of an active defense capability.  Taken together, such efforts would improve security and disseminate real-time information designed to help target and defeat malicious cyber activity.

Also included in the framework is the adoption of voluntary incentives to encourage private companies to improve cybersecurity, such as the development of voluntary standards through a public-private partnership, utilizing existing tax credits and grant funding to promote increased security, and studying the possible role the insurance industry may play in strengthening cybersecurity.  Suggestions for oversight and reporting requirements are also outlined.

So the potential impact of an attack like the Sony hack has been known by President Obama and his national security team for at least three years and they have also had concrete recommendations upon which to act for at least that long.

Even if the most obvious targets of the Sony hack are ones that most conservatives might not be too enthusiastic to defend, its causalities are not just the self-absorbed trash-talking studio big shots, they are also the little guys on the production team, the distributors, even the kids who sell popcorn in the theaters who were counting on extra hours when The Interview was launched.

But the greatest damage the North Koreans did may not be calculable in ticket sales and dollars lost – it is in Obama’s passive acceptance that a foreign nation can censor, through economic warfare, the art and entertainment Americans can produce and watch.

Had the North Koreans launched an attack that destroyed Sony Pictures’ studio with a bomb or even taken out your neighborhood theater would Obama’s response have been the same?

Probably not, because public outrage and pressure over the lives lost would have forced him to retaliate militarily in much the same way that public outrage over the murder of American hostages in the Middle East caused Obama to send American forces back (however halfheartedly) to Iraq.

As filmmaker Ron Maxwell, who directed two of our favorite Civil War movies, Gettysburg, Gods & Generals and Copperhead, observed in a great article for Deadline Hollywood, the film industry has been plagued by foreign censors as early as 1914 when the U.S. seized prints of the epic movie 1776 over its offense to the British during World War I, going so far as to imprison the film’s director for sedition.

But Obama doesn’t even have the cover of an alliance with North Korea – it is an acknowledged enemy state – to justify his passivity and acceptance of foreign censorship through the economic attack on Sony and the entertainment industry, and its accompanying attack on the fundamental American values of free expression and freedom of thought.

Back in 2012 George Clooney, who has lashed out against North Korea’s economic warfare and censorship of Hollywood, hosted a fundraiser at his home for President Obama. Just this year Hollywood golden girl Gwyneth Paltrow gushed “It would be wonderful if we are able to give this man all the power he needs to accomplish the things he needs to,” at an Obama-headlined Democratic fundraiser at her home.

Well, Obama has all the power he needs to defend Hollywood, and the rest of America, from North Korea’s economic warfare and their accompanying attacks on our freedom of thought and expression, but he has failed to use them.

Perhaps when the next presidential election rolls around Hollywood will ask, as real America did in this past election, “Who will keep us safe?” And answer that question by supporting a Republican who, unlike Barack Obama, is committed to using all of our tools of national power to defend both our economic interests AND our fundamental values from foreign attack.

Click this link to read Ron Maxwell’s excellent review of the history of foreign and progressive censorship of American film-making in Deadline Hollywood.

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As far as the last statement of that article is concerned, it all depends on which Republican you are talking about. There are some of them that are no better than the average democrap. We need a strong leader that is interested in what is best for America as a country. That should be first in his mind, not the furthering of any political ideology. He must work within the system and enforce ALL the laws of the land and not violate them himself. He must be true to his oath of office, and he must be eligeable for the office, unlike the one that is there now. Those like John Boehner need not apply. Those like Mike Lee and others like him are encouraged to apply.