On Wednesday, Cato's hosting what looks to be a provocative forum featuring terrorism skeptic John Mueller, author of the new book Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them. The event will feature comment from former Gov. Jim Gilmore, who I'm guessing will take some offense to Mueller's thesis.
If there were a "profile in courage" award for academics, Mueller would run away with it. He's been banging this drum for several years now—at first, it appeared, all by himself. But he's winning converts. The Atlantic Monthly's James Fallows—whose pre-war cover story on Iraq proved hauntingly prescient—recently reported that Mueller's not only no longer alone, he's the voice of an emerging majority of terror and security experts.