Two counterterror officials warn that the terror threat remains profound.
by Judith Miller
The warnings from two senior counterterrorism officials this week could not have been starker, though they differed dramatically in tone and style. Americans have grown unduly complacent about the threat of Islamic terrorism, the officials said. We ignore it at our peril.
Director of Homeland Security John Kelly, a retired Marine general, was extraordinarily blunt Tuesday in a speech at George Washington University. “Make no mistake,” he said. “We are, in fact, a nation under attack.” Despite all that Washington has spent and done to protect Americans, the U.S. now faced “the highest terror threat level in years.”
There have been 37 Islamic State-linked plots to attack the U.S. since 2013, according to Kelly. An estimated 10,000 Europeans have joined the Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq, plus “thousands more” from Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere....