"The authors and outlooks collected in this volume represent the clearest, most realistic, most penetrating thought about America’s response to terrorist threats. The wider the audience is for views like these, the closer the country will come to an effective, sustainable policy for protecting its people and defending its values."
National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly
"For far too long we have let fear, ignorance and partisan rancor drive our counterterrorism policies—with predictable results. The editors have organized a group of experts who bring light to the discussion, rather than just heat. At its core, Terrorizing Ourselves
posits that the American public is ready for an adult conversation about terrorism and sustainable responses that protect both security and American values. Let’s hope someone in government is listening."
Policy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and Former FBI Special Agent
"This intelligent and nuanced book shows clearly that aggressive U.S. military action provides motivation and ideological ammunition to terrorists who portray America as waging a war against Islam and Muslims. The authors convincingly argue that there is a strategic logic to terrorists’ actions, and that Americans lack full understanding of this logic. To deny terrorists the oxygen and nutrients that sustain them, U.S. strategy must guard against overreaction and construct proportional, dispassionate, and analytical approaches to countering terrorism. Terrorizing Ourselves
must be required reading for the Obama security team and for foreign policy specialists and media analysts and commentators."
—Fawaz A. Gerges, London School of Economics & Political Science, and
Author of The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global
"Terrorist acts inspire genuine fear in the primitive sectors of our brains, as two chapters perceptively explain, and various actors – politicians, bureaucratic empire-builders, much of the media – have incentives to stoke further fear. Because of this, it may be unlikely that we will ever approach terrorism through a sensible cost/benefit lens, but this book provides plenty of tools to do so."
—Alan Brock, The Orange County Register