Who worries you the most?
- Drug cartels in Mexico and their wholesalers — and customers — in the United States;
- Pashtun nationalists, tribal loyalists, religious extremists, and political opportunists in Pakistan;
- Underemployed, unemployed, and angry white supremacists in (fill in blank);
- Underemployed, unemployed, hungry, and desperate people in (throw a dart while blindfolded);
- Bored, brilliant hackers with a cause or just too much time on their time;
- Brilliant and motivated hackers purposefully organized to probe and subvert our precariously networked world;
- Young, comparatively privileged men (mostly) whose aspirations are frustrated and whose sense of alienation is ripe for making new meaning. Since at least the French Revolution — maybe since the earliest days of our species — these have been our heroes and our monsters.
You can certainly list another seven – or seventy – candidates.
To address the continuum of intentional threats, yesterday locals pushed the Feds to do better sharing intelligence.
A fundamental reformulation of national security has been recommended by some. Whether any such proposal is admirably holistic or a dangerous indulgence in hubris may be mostly a matter of taste.
As our Chinese creditors might say, “We are cursed to live in interesting times.”
As a teenager I enjoyed playing the board game Risk. Somehow the real thing is not quite as fun.