Phi Beta Cons

Hayes Chair, cont.

Now this is weird: The Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at OSU is occupied by a guy who practically has the same name as me — John Mueller. According to family legend, we Millers were Muellers before we came to America, where the cruel churning of the melting pot forced us to deny our Mueller essence and assimilate into monocultural blandness.

Anyway, Mueller of OSU is the author of a book called Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats and Why We Believe Them. His thesis is that “We have wildly overreacted [to 9/11]. … In general, international terrorism doesn’t do much damage when considered in almost any reasonable context.”
As we say in Michigan: Geez o’Pete!
I haven’t read the book and so I will withhold judgment on its merits. Maybe it’s brilliant. But something tells me that Bo Schembechler would have his doubts about the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at OSU, and not just because he’s a Buckeye.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.