Sunday’s episode of Face The Nation featured a somber prognosis from CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge, who predicted the occurrence of a “black swan event” that would have a substantial impact on national security.
Herridge admitted to her fellow panelists that her forecast was “somewhat pessimistic” when asked about her predictions for the forthcoming election year.
“I just feel a lot of concern that 2024 may be the year of a black swan event. This is a national security event with high impact that’s very hard to predict,” she said.
The seasoned journalist then listed additional significant issues, including the Israeli and Ukrainian conflicts, as well as the political polarization in the United States.
“There are a number of concerns I have that factor into that. Not only this sort of enduring heightened threat level that we’re facing, the wars in Israel, also Ukraine. And we’re so divided in this country in ways that we haven’t seen before,” Herridge explained. “And I think that just creates fertile ground for our adversaries like North Korea, China, and Iran. And that’s what concerns me most.”
Herridge’s gloomy prognosis is issued in close proximity to the testimony of FBI Director Christopher Wray, which warned of an imminent escalation in terrorist threats.
“Given the steady drumbeat of calls for attacks by foreign terrorist organizations since Oct. 7, we’re working around the clock to identify and disrupt potential attacks by those inspired by Hamas’s horrific terrorist attacks in Israel,” Wray said in an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.
“The threat level has gone to a whole ‘nother level since October 7,” he continued.