I think it's clear that these stunning advances of Isis in Iraq and Syria is certainly ringing alarm bells here in Washington.
There's a recognition that Isis is a ruthless enemy, that it has access to tens of millions of dollars and potentially continuing revenue through oil resources, and that it might also want to make a global statement of its ambitions.
You throw into the mix the fact that there may be other al-Qaida affiliates, rivals to Isis that are seeking to show their continuing relevance and credibility on the Jihadist stage and it's pretty clear why the Department of Homeland Security are really very concerned tonight.
More top news
We're all narcissists now (aren't we) so it must be OK for me to see the prism of UK politics through my two stints as a political editor.
Bury has a knack of voting for the next governing party, but with 100,000 young people registering to vote in a week, what matters to them?
It makes the city the latest to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.