The Terrorist Threat is Worse Now than Before Our Wars

From the Christian Science Monitor, we read about the terrorist threat: “US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says.”

The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation’s largest intelligence organizations.

“We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda,” says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which employs some 17,000 American intelligence collectors in 140 countries around the world.

That the United States is no safer – and in some respects may be less safe – even after two wars and trillions of dollars could prove to be disappointing news for Americans, noted the journalist questioning General Flynn at the Aspen Security Forum last week.

Still, Flynn was firm on that point. “Yeah, my quick answer is that we’re not,” he said. 

America is less safe today in large part because of the emergence of terrorist groups like the Islamic State, formerly know as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The group is stoking regional wars in Syria and Iraq that will only continue to increase in complexity, Flynn said.

So, how do you feel knowing we’ve spent multiplied trillions of dollars, and sacrificed thousands and thousands of our military–in addition to blowing up tens of thousands of other humans–and to hear a big military mucky-muck say you’re no safer than when we began our “war on terrorism”?

In fact, he says, we’re even less safe than we were when we started.

Hmm, could that have anything to do with blowing up countless men, women, and children using drones and bombs—many of whom were completely innocent? Yeah, I think it would have a tendency toward blowback and radicalization when you murder people’s family members.

So when do we stop the madness? And, to bring another current story to the front, how many of those “radicalized” and angry family members have poured over our southern border in the past few months?