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In last night's address from the oval office, President Obama tried to boost confidence in his leadership after a string of nightmarish events -- and the likelihood of more terrorism to come. We hear about oratory, politics and the search for acceptable strategies.

Later on the program, a Pakistini-American journalist takes another look at the "terrorist bride" in San Bernardino. 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower
Evan George

The Commander in Chief and the Evolution of Terrorism 39 MIN, 18 SEC

In a rare speech from the oval office last night, President Obama tried to bolster the morale of Americans. He did not outline any new plan to defeat the Islamic State, and Republican reaction ranged from House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling the speech "nothing new," to presidential candidates -- unanimous in saying the president's strategy isn’t working.

Nobody has offered a strategy to prevent another San Bernardino with lone wolves acting alone, without any known confederates or Internet presence. Despite the power of military force and electronic surveillance, will the next national nightmare also be revealed only in hindsight?

Guests:
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)
Tim Naftali, New York University (@TimNaftali)
Patrick Skinner, Soufan Group (@SkinnerPm)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Morris Davis, US Air Force (retired) (@ColMorrisDavis)

San Bernardino Massacre and the 'Terrorist Bride' 10 MIN, 32 SEC

Reports that one of the dead suspects in the San Bernardino attacks, pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook have led to the media labeling her a "terrorist bride." The truth could have been very different. Tashfeen Malik was born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia — one of the world's most conservative Islamic countries. It's been widely speculated that she "radicalized" her American husband. Rafia Zakaria is a Pakistani-American, an attorney and columnist for Al Jazeera. She's also author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan.

Guests:
Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera (@rafiazakaria)

The Upstairs Wife

Rafia Zakaria

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