We have John Kerry, secretary of state, saying that times have never been better, casualties from terrorism are down, everything is hunky dory. We have James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, saying the terrorism problem is the worst it has been since they started keeping records. On the same day we have these two summaries. Both given in front of Congress.
So who is right? Well Kerry is an airhead, been one for a long time. Dunno much about Clapper. But neither of them look back very far.
For a real existential threat to our country, look back to the 1930's. The Nazi's , with the Japanese for side kicks, were a real threat. It took the longest, bloodiest, deadliest war in all of history to stop them. We might have lost WWII if the enemy hadn't made so many mistakes. The Nazi's could have beaten us to the bomb, and that would have been that. Hitler would have nuked London and then New York, and kept on doing it till we had nothing left.
And, then there was the cold war. The Soviets had plenty of nukes, enough to turn our country into a coast-to-coast slagheap. One misstep, say in Berlin, or Cuba, and boom, no more US of A.
Compared to those two, now extinct threats, the IS/ISIS/ISIL thing, while a pain in the tush, is just not that deadly, yet.
Of course we aren't doing anything about the IS/ISIS/ISIL threat. We can't even figure out what to call them, let along how to squash them.