John McCain: No, Obama, Sony Hack Was 'Warfare' GOP sharply disputes president's 'cyber vandalism' assessment By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Dec 21, 2014 12:03 PM CST 218 comments Comments In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Newser) – President Obama characterized the Sony hack this morning as "cyber vandalism" and "not an act of war," and Republicans including John McCain would beg to differ, reports the Hill. Also appearing on CNN's State of the Union, McCain charged that "the president does not understand this is a manifestation of a new form of warfare. When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose censorship on the world—and especially the United States of America—it’s more than vandalism, it’s a new form of warfare that we’re involved in, and we need to react and react vigorously." Lindsey Graham chimed in, saying that Obama's comments "really bothers me greatly, this was an act of terrorism." He cast an eye globally, imagining "what the ayatollahs in Iran must be saying to themselves," especially "when he reaches out to a Communist dictatorship who's done nothing to change." "They must be feeling pretty good about their chance to negotiate with America," he concluded. Elsewhere: House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers on Obama's response to the hack: "Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer. This was a nation state attack on the United States." Sony lawyer David Boies on The Interview: "It’s going to be distributed," but "Under those circumstances, whether it’s legal liability or not, you just have to be very careful about people’s lives." Marco Rubio on Obama's Cuba overture: "I’m going to continue to oppose the … Obama-(Rand) Paul foreign policy on Cuba because I know it won’t lead to freedom and liberty for the Cuban people, which is my sole interest here."