Following Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Gail Collins, in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Fear, Loathing and Republican Debaters," would have us know that terrorism should not be feared in the US, because the chances of it affecting any given individual are low:
"The lesson from Los Angeles would seem to be that the country needs to find a way to operate in a calm and rational manner, aware of the possibility of disaster but cleareyed about the fact that the odds against a terrorist attack at any particular place or time are astronomical. We are most definitely not in need of politicians trying to scare the pants off the voting public."
However, as reported in a September 11, 2015 U.S. News & World Report article entitled "Former CIA and DIA Operatives Warn of Another 9/11 Attack" by Sara A. Carter:
"The United States could be facing another 9/11 attack as factions grow deeper among the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, especially with the recently confirmed death of the Taliban's one-eyed leader Mullah Omar, according to a senior U.S. lawmaker, federal law enforcement and intelligence officials.
The tensions between Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and the Taliban is as dangerous a national security threat to the United States as it was before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, said Brian Fairchild, who spent two decades with the CIA and has testified before Congress on terrorism."
More recently, as reported by CNN in a December 9, 2015 article entitled "FBI director: U.S. facing greatest threat from terrorist groups since 9/11" by Eugene Scott:
"FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the U.S. is at its greatest threat level from terrorist groups since 9/11.
Comey shared the information at a Senate FBI oversight hearing after Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned him on his agency's knowledge of terrorism.
'Do you agree with the following statement: There are more terrorist organizations with men, equipment and safe havens, along with desire to attack the American homeland, anytime since 9/11?' the South Carolina Republican asked.
'I agree,' Comey said.
Comey said budget cuts imposed by Congress in recent years have reduced the FBI's ability to protect America from terrorism."
But no need to worry. According to Times Terrorism expert Gail Collins, any attack will most likely kill someone else.
Thanks, Gail, for your kind reassurance.