Demand greater government vigilance to prevent and protect against major attacks. And don’t assume that a dearth of successful terror strikes means our work is done.
Strong leadership in the intelligence community is key to heading off future threats. But don’t shred civil liberties in the process.
Of course there will be another attack soon. The real problem is that the administration is not doing enough to combat the rise of radical Islam in America.
It’s the terrorists’ goal to spread fear. The government should educate the public about risk—and try to head off the disruptive blame game that follows each attack.
If the CIA chief had a good asset inside Al Qaeda, he wouldn’t be discussing the group’s plans publicly. And predicting attacks only risks lowering the intel chief’s credibility if one doesn’t happen soon.
The best response to news of fresh terrorist attacks ahead is to step up the pressure in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere—and pour on the diplomatic and intelligence resources.
Get Pakistan's military moving, and crank up the PR campaign—reminding the Muslim world of the terrible toll al Qaeda attacks have taken on their own.
The CIA’s announcement about a coming Al Qaeda threat does not help us protect anything, anywhere, at any time.