The sham “terrorism expert” industry
Salon (column by Glenn Greenwald)
August 15, 2012
Cited: “The Terrorism Delusion,” an International Security article by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart
Also cited: Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Topic: “Terrorism experts”
“These ‘terrorism experts’ form an incredibly incestuous, mutually admiring little clique in and around Washington. They’re employed at think tanks, academic institutions, and media outlets. They can and do have mildly different political ideologies — some are more Republican, some are more Democratic — but, as usual for D.C. cliques, ostensible differences in political views are totally inconsequential when placed next to their common group identity and career interest: namely, sustaining the myth of the Grave Threat of Islamic Terror in order to justify their fear-based careers, the relevance of their circle, and their alleged ‘expertise.’ Like all adolescent, insular cliques, they defend one another reflexively whenever a fellow member is attacked, closing ranks with astonishing speed and loyalty; they take substantive criticisms very personally as attacks on their ‘friends,’ because a criticism of the genre and any member in good standing of this fiefdom is a threat to their collective interests.”
Walt also wrote about this topic on his Foreign Policy blog, “A Realist in an Ideological Age,” on August 13, 2012.
Mueller and Stewart’s full article may be read here.