Congressman Zinke is one war-lovin’ guy. Although the Montana media refused to report that he wanted to invade Mexico to rescue one arrested former Marine, perhapds they’ll report that he wants to declare war agains ISIS because they may have vandalized an American military Twitter account.
In what seems to be a non-stop cycle through winger news outlets, Zinke dropped by for an interview with Breitbart News, telling the factually-challenged outlet that we need claim that the Twitter attack was “an act of war” by ISIS, even though we don’t know they were behind the hack, and “go on the offensive”:
Rep. Zinke told Breitbart News that state-sponsored cyber attacks should be considered acts of war. He believes ISIS has the capability to carry out a cyber attack against the U.S.
“We all have to remain vigilante and understand this enemy is an enemy of ideology and they’re not going to beat us, but we have to put them on the run and stop this playing defensive on our part,” proclaimed Zinke.
Zinke falsely claimed that CENTCOM was “hacked,” presumably assuming that the US military runs classified national security information on its public Twitter account—the kind of logic you’d expect from someone whose knowledge of Internet security from repeated viewings of the 1983 classic War Games.
The military itself was a bit less apopoletic about what happpened, calling it merely cyber-vandalism that had little impact:
In the meantime, our initial assessment is that no classified information was posted and that none of the information posted came from Centcom’s server or social media sites.
It’s clear that Zinke wants to send American servicemen and women into combat at the slightest imagined provocation, but he might want to work on his pretexts for war a bit more. Some script kiddies vandalizing a Twitter account is hardly justification to send of troops back into another Middle East nightmare.
Update: And Syria. He tells the National Review:
Representative Ryan Zinke (R., Mont.), a Navy SEAL turned freshman congressman, says the fight against ISIS will require a secure border — between Iraq and Syria — which would bisect that region controlled by the terrorists.
“Air operations alone will not be effective against ISIS,” Zinke tells National Review Online. “I do think we need to address, no doubt, isolating the border between Iraq and Syria and that’s a no-fly zone with blocking forces on the ground.”
That would require a greater commitment of U.S. ground forces than President Obama has so far countenanced.