Although the Obama Administration has done a good job of keeping terrorists out of the United States, it has not been able to prevent them from invading the American psyche. Voters are so concerned with the terrorist threat that a single attack within U.S. borders on the eve of November elections could decide who the country’s next president is. That might not be the case if one party or candidate was clearly in the lead, but at the moment Clinton and Trump are running neck-and-neck, party loyalty is at a low ebb, and both candidates have high negatives. It wouldn’t take much of a nudge from breaking news to determine who wins the presidential ballot — which means that this year, the enemy really does get a vote on how the future will unfold. I have written a commentary for The National Interest here.
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