In the early days after the Sony data hack and breach was first announced, after giving some, but not full, credence to the originally proposed idea that North Korea was behind the hack, I backed off, and instead attributed it, as did some guesstimate reporting, to one or more disgruntled current or former Sony employees.
First, nobody connected to North Korea mentioned "The Interview" in the first few days, or even first couple of weeks, after the breach became public knowledge. Wired has also addressed this. And, the type of information that was being leaked seemed to fuel the angle of disgruntlement.
But now, the FBI says Kim Jong Un's minions, or minions by extension, did it.
And yet, I'm still not sure.
And I'm not alone. Here's an in-depth analysis refuting the FBI.
Points 1-2 there address the idea that it seems made to look like it came from North Korea by someone who didn't quite know the right imitation.
Points 3-4 cover the revenge factor.
Points 7-8 cover why Obama would want to blame North Korea, at least in part.
But I think this needs to be taken further.
First, let's say the US, specifically the NSA, has in the past 12 months created some shiny new cyberwarfare weaponry. It's been itching for a chance to try it out.
So, instead of "weapons of mass destruction" and "mushroom clouds," we drum up other slanted or false claims and voila!
Second, let's say Dear Leader ... OUR Dear Leader, not Kim Jong Un's dead daddy ... I gave OUR Dear Leader that name ... let's say our Dear Leader is actually playing, if not 10-dimensional chess (at which he sucks) but bank shot pool. Or bow shot diplomacy.
As in, "Hey, Beijing, watch us do this to Pyongyang."
So, while lives may not be lost, cyberwarmongering against North Korea leaves me about as ill at ease as warmongering against Iraq. That said, Democrats right-or-wrong types still refuse to recognize the foreign policy continuities between Dear Leader and Shrub Bush.
Update, Dec. 30: And, the private sector continues to reject our government's claim that North Korea was behind the Sony hack. Assuming that our government was behind NK's Internet shutdown, this makes Obama a cyberwarmonger, does it not?