Obama’s Right: The World Isn’t Falling Apart

President Obama speaks at a press conference during the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on Sept. 5 Photograph by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

At a recent fundraising event, President Obama suggested we should all calm down about global security threats: “The world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.” Despite the crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, he said, “I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago, or 30 years ago. This is not something that is comparable to the challenges we faced during the Cold War.”

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