One reason Americans exaggerate security fears is the existence of an extensive cottage industry of professional threatmongers, who deploy a well-honed array of arguments to convince us that we are in fact in grave danger. (The United States is hardly the only country that does this, of course, but the phenomenon is more evident here because its overall strategic position is so favorable). Debunking these claims is easier once you know the basics, so I hereby offer as a public service.
May 5, 2009
Stephen Walt's 'The threatmonger's handbook'
From Walt' s How to Scare Your Fellow Citizens for Fun and Profit.