John Mueller


John Mueller, author of Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda, discusses his article “Why Al-Qaeda May Never Die;” how “al-Qaeda” is used as a catchall name for terrorist groups, even those tangentially related to the original; why a large percentage of Americans fear terrorism even though dying in an attack is about as likely as being struck by lightning; US alliances with radical Islamic insurgents in Libya and Syria; and how imperial overreach hastened the Soviet Union’s collapse.

MP3 here. (20:23)

John Mueller is the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies and Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. He is the author of Overblown and The Remnants of War, winner of the Joseph P. Lepgold Prize for the best book on international relations in 2004, awarded by Georgetown University.

4 thoughts on “John Mueller”

  1. Empire builders — “Be All You Can Be”

    This interview being about what terrorizes us and what motivates our drive to stay out of harm’s way in this doomed existence called earth, we have failed to mention what top’s the list in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

    Namely, to “Be All You Can Be,” to earn all you can earn, take all you can take, own all you can own and to be a dictator over all who are on land that you own.

    For what a man feels he deserves, this is his goal to achieve, his high watermark in life and it controls every aspect of his mind, character and personality.

  2. The (fill-in-the blanks) do not have to do anything further. Washington is going to
    spend us into oblivion. Consider the fact that in fiscal year 2011 the Treasury
    failed to sell 61% of its debt offerings into the real capital markets; this amount
    was simply placed in the "federal" "reserve". Few investors are willing to buy
    treasury debt at today's artificially low, manipulated interest rates. The "federal"
    "reserve" thus allows the Washington spending machine to roll on without any
    concern about interest rates; at least until the hyperinflation rocket blasts off.

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