In an eyebrow raising moment of relief, former National Security Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden said that the problem of ISIL recruiting Americans is a much narrower problem than the sensational media narrative might lead us to believe, and a wholly different issue than what Europe is facing. In an interview last week, Gen. Hayden made the important declarative that, “we may have radicalized individuals in the United States, but we do not have radicalized communities.” We won’t take issue with the terribly inappropriate use of the word “radical” in Hayden’s remarks, because his larger point hit on something we’ve been stressing for what feels like forever: America is not Europe; the American experience is why ISIL recruitment in the U.S. barely registers statistically. While even one ISIL recruit is devastating, we appreciate that scale and scope are mentioned when discussing appropriate responses to the threat. If our government took this point seriously, we wouldn’t be moving towards the (failed) European model of “countering violent extremism” that securitizes entire communities which the government believes must be swayed away from the lure of terror. This is not the American experience, and it should not be the American model.