America and Russia: Best Friends No More

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Why can’t these two powerhouses get along?

It seems like this classic narrative has been repeatedly publicized across media outlets: once again, Russia has angered the Obama administration, and thus the American people.

On Friday, October 7 2016, it was announced by CNN that the Obama administration is confidant Russia was highly involved in the hacking of emails focusing on the upcoming American presidential election.  It is strongly believed that this hack is an attempt to interfere with the election process.

This announcement follows the recent news that the United States and Russia discontinued discussions about a ceasefire in Syria this week. According to CNN and other media outlets, this is the first time the American administration has officially accused Russia of hacking.  Obama’s administration has also claimed the formal announcement was made after they had legitimate evidence of Russia’s involvement. CNN also has published that Guccifer 2.0, the online persona of hackers responsible for hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer network and leaking documents to The Hill, directly tie in with Russian efforts and actions. As well, CNN stated in an online article that U.S. intelligence and law enforcements claim there is proof Russian hackers are involved in cyber attacks against state voter registration websites.

With the American presidential election taking place in November, issues such as cybersecuity and international relations will be in the public eye. The next presidential candidate must be ready to tackle these issues. The way America reacts and responds to cyber attacks (whether by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hacking team or Trump’s 400 pound basement hacker) will be essential, influencing the ability for the United States to remain a world leader.

Now the real question is: is Russia really to blame for the cyber hacking? If so, how does Russia’s ability to break into the DNC’s computer system make the Obama administration look not only to voters, but also to the rest of the world? Will this issue really influence American voters, or do they just not care?

Some more important questions to consider:

If Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the election, will she have the strength, patience and stamina to take the Russian hackers head on? Will she be able to fix the broken relationship between America and Russia? Will Putin take her seriously as a leader?

If Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wins the election, will he be able to tackle this issue in a rational way? Or will he retaliate and press that magical button to start a nuclear war? Will Trump and Putin’s rather odd and questionable relationship actually help the American people feel safer and secure?

Unfortunately, there are no straight answers to any of these questions. The fact cyber security can be broken is a big enough issue in itself. This revelation is predicted to be a discussed topic between the two presidential nominees during this upcoming Presidential debate on Sunday, October 9. Americans and the rest of the world will have to wait and see the U.S government’s next move to combat online hacking threats. We will also have to watch intently for Putin’s next move.

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