Fareed Zakaria: 'Good News' About Islamic State Is Attacks on US Will Be Small Scale

May 11, 2015

Fareed Zakaria said it is "good news" that the type of attacks the Islamic State (IS) is inspiring are small-scale rather than elaborate plots.

"The good news is it means that you're not talking about large-scale attacks. You are talking about entrepreneurial attacks that come out of the blue, but not the ones that take major planning, money, time," Zakaria, referring to IS, said.

Zakaria’s comment comes at a time when the United States has seen an increase in terror threats through to IS’s sophisticated use of social media to inspire potential terrorists.

Last week, two IS-inspired extremists attacked an event celebrating cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas. The FBI has increased their surveillance of suspected terrorists to counter potential "lone-wolf" attacks.

The United States has raised security levels at military bases across the country from Alpha to Bravo due to specific threats of a looming IS attack.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, voiced serious concern that the United States is not adequately prepared to handle the new methods IS uses.

"It’s a force that we really haven’t seen before, and we have to begin to cope more seriously with it, and that includes social media."