Two stories in yesterday’s NYTimes paint a rather unflattering picture of Democrats. One concerns the fact that the OPM data breach could be used to identify spies in the field. The other is the “revised” version of the Hillary private server/classified data story. It seems clear that neither the Obama administration nor the Clinton State Department have a clue about the value of information.
By now most people know the story of code breaker Alan Turing in WWII. Winston Churchill said he made the single largest contribution to winning the war. More than guns, ships, tank or aircraft, information is power. Information enables one to wield power with grace and subtlety. With the right information a less powerful military can prevail. Without information power is a blunt instrument, and one must overwhelm one’s opponent with massive amounts of it. With information only small force need be applied in critical areas to carry the day. That’s why there are secrets. The less our opponents and enemies know, the more powerful we are.
Clearly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are blunt instruments. They let our enemies have information because they do not understand its value. Obama bluntly forces Obamacare on an unwilling nation – an exercise in raw power.
Problem is our national enemies know how to use information and the hubris that comes with the exercise of blunt raw power usually defines one of the critical areas where the effectiveness of smaller forces can be multiplied.
The national security aspect is something that awaits a new administration to iron out. But politically they expose their soft naked bellies. The Republican that prevails in the primary should be the one that demonstrates his/her mastery of information. This could get very interesting.