Turner: Do we have plans to invade the Middle East?Just saying
Higgins: Are you crazy?
Turner: Am I?
Higgins: Look, Turner…
Turner: Do we have plans?
Higgins: No. Absolutely not. We have games. That’s all. We play games. What if? How many men? What would it take? Is there a cheaper way to destabilize a regime? That’s what we’re paid to do.
Turner: So Atwood just took the games too seriously. He was really going to do it, wasn’t he?
Higgins: A renegade operation. Atwood knew 54/12 would never authorize it, not with the heat on the company.
Turner: What if there hadn’t been any heat? Suppose I hadn’t stumbled on their plan?
Higgins: Different ballgame. Fact is, there was nothing wrong with the plan. Oh, the plan was all right, the plan would’ve worked.
Turner: Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?
Higgins: No. It’s simple economics. Today it’s oil, right? In ten or fifteen years, food. Plutonium. And maybe even sooner. Now, what do you think the people are gonna want us to do then?
Turner: Ask them.
Higgins: Not now — then! Ask ‘em when they’re running out. Ask ‘em when there’s no heat in their homes and they’re cold. Ask ‘em when their engines stop. Ask ‘em when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. You wanna know something? They won’t want us to ask ‘em. They’ll just want us to get it for ‘em!
Turner: Boy, have you found a home. There were seven people killed, Higgins.
Higgins: The company didn’t order it.
Turner: Atwood did. Atwood did. And who the hell is Atwood? He’s you. He’s all you guys. Seven people killed, and you play fucking games!
Higgins: Right. And the other side does, too. That’s why we can’t let you stay outside.
And saying again
Someone's playing a game with the global oil supply chain (all protests aside, no proof has been given by said companies that this is not affecting their ability to supply the global markets, and they have good reasons not to tell the truth about that). A previously unknown group
is claiming repsonsibility.
The attacks were not widespread, leading me to believe it probably was a nation-state without great experience of cyber-warfare operations, perhaps IRGC officers affiliated with hacker groups, and probably not Russia, as some have claimed.
But, just think about this. That was a relatively unsophisticated, targeted attack. What happens when an attack comes that is not so discriminatory, that hits multiple oil companies in geographically disparate regions? What happens when an attack is coordinated to give the impression of chaos within the globa oil supply chain, affecting the market price?
Someone has opened Pandora's Box here, and if it is Iran, we can trace this back as likely retaliation for the Stunext attacks. Dangerous territory. Cyberwarfare is an unregulated field of violence and manipulation, and right now it seems like nothing is considered off limits.