ROGER WICKER: Troubled by absence of U.S. leadership as terror threats multiply

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has summed up today’s global threats this way: “Unpredictable instability is the new normal.” In an assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26, he noted that last year there were more deaths from state-sponsored mass killings, more people displaced from their homes, and a higher rate of political instability than we have seen in decades. It was the most lethal year for global terrorism since 1970, when the data was first compiled.

Such a state of affairs is a searing indictment of President Obama’s foreign policy team, which has presided over six years in which America has become decidedly less safe and less secure. Moreover, the administration seems blind to these harsh realities. Secretary of State John Kerry recently told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally; less deaths, less violent deaths today, than through the last century.” Apparently, Director Clapper and Secretary Kerry did not get the same memo.

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