When the year ends, there are going to be plenty of stories about the worst news we’ve been able to report.
And those stories are going in a very strange direction.
The first two months of 2017 have been filled with some pretty devastating news, not the least of which is the horrific toll on our nation’s health care system.
And yet, even as we begin to recover from that terrible year, we’re going to have to deal with another set of problems as well.
The opioid crisis is the most important national security threat since the Cold War.
There’s no doubt that the opioid crisis has had a devastating impact on our national security.
And, to be sure, it has a direct and direct effect on the lives of many people.
But it’s also a problem that’s just as big, if not more important, to our nation as the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
In a world where a crisis is already unfolding and where many countries are struggling to stabilize their economies, the opioid epidemic is the greatest national security challenge the United States faces in our lifetimes.
It’s an epidemic that we have to solve, and it’s a crisis that we’ve got to tackle.
But even though the opioid pandemic has affected so many people and has caused a huge financial and human toll, it’s actually a problem we’re not as familiar with as we should be.
There are so many things we need to fix as a nation if we want to have a chance of winning this war against terrorism.
First and foremost, we need a national health care plan that ensures access to the best care and the best drugs and the fastest access to them.
This is something we can achieve, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it happens.
The second thing we need is a plan to prevent future crises.
And it’s not just about the opioid and the fentanyl epidemic, which we’ve seen so much of over the past year.
We need to tackle other pandemics, like the Ebola epidemic, or Zika, or the Zika virus, or any number of other emerging threats.
This doesn’t mean the United State needs to stop fighting and occupying Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria or Yemen, or putting boots on the ground in Libya or elsewhere.
But the fact is that we don’t know all of the possible outcomes of the pandemic and we don of course need to be prepared for all of them.
We can’t simply be a nation of soldiers and policemen in a world of cyberwarfare and cyberterror.
So it’s essential that we do everything we possibly can to protect ourselves.
It’s important to point out, though, that this is a crisis, and not a new one.
In fact, we’ve had a crisis in the United Kingdom for years, and the country has had an opioid crisis since the 1990s.
The United States is a nation with a long history of dealing with crises and we’ve learned a lot about how to deal and manage them.
But in the midst of this crisis, there’s a lot we don “know” about how and when we can act, and that includes the opioid threat.
In the last few years, the federal government has begun to invest heavily in the response to the pandemocalypse.
We’ve been doing a lot of things like deploying hundreds of thousands of National Guard troops and training hundreds of police departments to deal aggressively with drug and fentanyl trafficking.
We’ve also spent a lot more money on mental health, and more broadly we’ve begun to build a system that’s going to help prevent and address the mental health crisis in this country.
But while we’re all working together to combat the opioid menace, we also have to be ready to deal seriously with other threats that may come along, as well as the other challenges that confront us in our day-to-day lives.
And this is one of those challenges that, at this point, we can’t fully address without a national security plan.
We’re going into this with a huge, massive national security apparatus, with the most sophisticated weapons ever assembled in this nation’s history.
We know what our enemy’s up to.
We also know what they’re up to with their chemical weapons.
But what we don´t know is where the threat comes from.
And we know that this threat is coming from within our own borders.
And that’s why we’re taking a leadership role in the international community.
We have a global alliance of nations that have invested in a global response to this pandemic, including our allies in Europe, Asia and Africa, along with our regional partners in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.
In other words, we are going into the crisis with a sense of urgency.
We are taking every possible step possible to respond to this crisis.
But the threat is also coming from across our borders.
It is the threat of an expanding, violent, transnational threat that we’re confronting.