I continually encounter well educated people who at some point in our conversation refer to the “threat” posed by ISIS or the Taliban or al Qaeda to the very existence of the American nation. Naturally, this “threat” is on the minds of those who pose as “experts” on foreign policy. I so enjoy listening to Dick Cheney when he pontificates about the need to torture, sorry, I mean “enhanced interrogation” those who pose a “threat” to the continued existence of America as a nation. He is so serious and convinced that a bunch of men who lack a navy, an air force, tanks or artillery some how threaten the survival of the American society. How about the “threats to American society?”
The Revolutionary War which nearly resulted in failure.
The Civil War which led to the deaths of 500,000? In battles such as at Antietam or Gettysburg the death total was three times the number on 9/11.
The Depression which could have resulted in a revolution.
World War II which resulted in the death of over 400,000. Again, at battles such as Okinawa three times as many were killed than at 9/11.
Oh, and we fought against powerful armies with navies and air forces that matched our own.
So, enough with this expression, “the greatest threat in American history!”