The Commander in Chief and the Evolution of Terrorism

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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?


Juliet Eilperin - Pulitzer Prize-winning senior national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post - @eilperin, Tim Naftali - Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service at NYU and the former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library - @TimNaftali, Patrick Skinner - Soufan Group - @SkinnerPm, Rich Galen - - @richgalen, Morris Davis - US Air Force (retired) - @ColMorrisDavis

Warren Olney

Katie Cooper, Gideon Brower, Evan George