Rep. Rogers: Obama 'Saying Aloha' Is 'Not the Answer' to North Korea Cyber Attack

By Melanie Arter | December 22, 2014 | 2:53pm EST

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that North Korea's cyber attack on Sony was not an act of war, but a nation-state attack on the U.S., and President Barack Obama going to Hawaii on vacation is not the response the U.S. needed.

"This was a nation-state attack on the United States, and saying aloha and getting on an airplane going to Hawaii is not the answer really the world  needs, let alone America," said Rogers.

In an interview on CNN's "State of Union," Obama characterized North Korea's actions as "an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly," and he promised that the U.S. would "respond proportionally" in "a place and time and manner" of our choosing.

Rogers agreed with the president's assertion that the attack was not an "act of war."

"Well, you can't necessarily say an act of war. We don't have good, clear policy guidance on what that means when it comes to cyberattacks, but let's back up this a minute," said Rogers.

"Russia attacked Estonia. We saw a disruptive cyberattack for nation-state purposes, Iran attacked Saudi Arabia, clearly a destruction on the Saudi Aramco, a company there, destroyed 30,000 computers, wiped and destroyed data," he said.

"We kept warning, those of us that have been paying attention to this, this is coming to the United States, probably sooner than later," Rogers added. "What you saw was a nation-state who engaged in trying to really destroy an American company and then took it to the broader level of using threats of violence in order to get their political will."
Rogers said Obama "laid out a little bit of a playbook before we've done anything."

"That press conference should have been, here's the actions we took on ... North Korea's actions, and here's what we're going to continue to do," Rogers added. "Right now -- and trust me, our intelligence services, the folks who would be responsible for at least the first wave of trying to make sure they don't have the capability to do this again, were ready."

"They have the capability. They were ready to go. The problem here was not the fact that we didn't have a capability to do something nearly in immediate time. We just didn't get a decision from the president of the United States," said Rogers.

When asked whether the U.S. should launch a cyberattack to take out North Korea's cyber warfare capabilities, Rogers said, "I'm saying, if you're talking about a proportional attack, it should be at least proportional. The United States has the capability to make it very difficult for the North Koreans to do an attack like this anytime soon."

"Take out their cyber infrastructure?" host Chris Wallace asked.

"Well, I'll let you define what that looks like. They have the capability to do it," said Rogers.

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