Thomas E. Woods


Thomas E. Woods, coauthor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses Daniel Webster’s stirring speech against the War of 1812, the slaughter of retreating Iraqi soldiers in the 1991 Gulf War and how the institution of war has become the US civic religion.

MP3 here. (17:38)

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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  1. [3:56 "..smartbombs…"] Oh do I EVER remember suckering for 'smart bombs' during the first Gulf War!…we could just 'surgically remove' the 2.4 bad guys in Gomorrah as if we could direct lightening! If we'd had that capability when we extracted Lot, it would've saved the US billions in brimstone…
    Seems like suckering for one war is (rightly) a shame you never quite get over: some people never wake up just so they don't have to confront that slap-your-own-forehead feeling for the rest of their life. We need a special rehab for this…instead of hearing '<name here> & I'm an alcoholic,' you hear '<name here> & I'm a sucker for Manichean fictions.' ….when you meet the new guy, he asks 'does this I-feel-like-a-moron thing ever go away?' You answer honestly: 'Nope. Never. And mind those cravings.'

  2. I remember standing in my kitchen watching the clock count down to midnight and the start of the first gulf war.
    I remember being excited.
    I was in kindergarden.

  3. When you've been raised on a steady diet of war propaganda I believe it is easy to fall for the "lie". Why? Because you simply don't know otherwise unless your own family shows you the truth at an early age or you have the sense to keep your eyes open and see for yourself. I always felt there was some sort of disconnect out there but it wasn't until my thirties that I really snapped awake and knew it was all a lie. Everything after that only reinforced that realization, that epiphany. Sites such as LewRockwell and helped me to clarify the fuzzy thinking. If you haven't access to voices of reason then it's all too easy to flounder in the sea of deceit.

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