The demagogic exaggeration of the "terrorist threat," which was the centerpiece of the last Republican debates, is easily deflated with just a moment's thought. What is the chance that any particular resident of the United States will happen to be in the same place as someone who intends to murder in the name of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, or some other cause?
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TGIF: America's Asymmetrical War Against the Muslim World
The U.S. government wages war against Muslims. In return, terrorists commit crimes (or torts, really) against Americans. They have no ability to conquer the country or bring down the government. In no sense can they defeat us. Only we can do that.