“Groups like ISIL can't destroy us, they can't defeat us. They're not an existential threat to us.”
But on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, according the Pew Research Center, more than 7 out of 10 Americans believe Islamist terrorists are just as capable of launching an attack against America as they were on that fateful day — with 40 percent saying the chance is greater.
Additionally, 49 percent think the government's anti-terrorist policies haven't gone far enough — versus just one in three who believe policies have gone too far and are now restricting civil liberties.
In an op-ed published on Sunday, the 9/11 Commission chairmen Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton wrote that the 2016 terrorist threat is worse than in 2001. Sure sounds like an existential threat, does it not?