Ep. 82 Is Krugman Right About Syria?

13 April 2017     |     Tom Woods     |     8

Krugman says Trump’s recent strike on Syria is typical of the man: a one-shot action masquerading as policy. He also says that Obama was right to stay out, since there was no clear way through the morass there. Special guest Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report, joins us for this episode.

Krugman Column

Publicity Stunts Aren’t Policy” (April 10, 2017)

Article Mentioned

Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical,” by Adam Johnson

Study Mentioned

A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report” (PDF)

Special Guest

Daniel McAdams is executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and co-hosts the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Related Episodes (Tom Woods Show)

Ep. 888 Trump New Jersey Campaign Chair Says Neocons Got to Him (Michael Doherty)
Ep. 886 Trump Launches Strike on Syria (Scott Horton)
Ep. 799 Trump’s Carrier Policy: How Should Libertarians React? (Bob Murphy)

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  • Amplikov

    If only the American press would hold every government in the Middle East to the ethical standards they apply to Assad’s Syria. But I guess there are too many Christians in Syria. They must be destroyed!

  • Amplikov

    Dr. Woods, please don’t bring up the subject of music. We don’t want to hear about “Big, Big Train” anymore. Bring Robin Trower on your podcast and we’ll praise your taste. Or a great violinist. But please no more mention of “Progressive” Rock! Please!

  • Amplikov

    Those “hard-nosed realists” that Dr. Woods refers to are also known as Chickenhawks, Keyboard Commandos, Armchair Generals, Belligerent Noncombatants, and Neoconservatives. I think they should all enlist immediately. The Army can form create a new brigade that specializes in, for example, interior design, or something like that.

  • https://www.facebook.com/david.rogers.hunt David_Rogers_Hunt

    Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
    ~ Mark Twain

    Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
    ~ Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger”
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  • Jarek Steliga

    How about Trump is meekly following his puppet masters because he is in fear of his and/or his family’s lives? How about someone is actually putting a gun to his head. I can’t think of any other reasonable explanation for his recent u turns left, right and centre. This man is behaving like someone chaotically clutching at straws, to save his hide. As long as the general public fails to recognize what’s what and act upon it, the cabal is never going to end, no matter who the next President is. The US is long past the stage at which President are even relavant and capable of carrying out any reforms. Revolution seems to be the only option left on the table.

    • https://www.facebook.com/david.rogers.hunt David_Rogers_Hunt

      But who dies first and who dies last in such revolutions? Better find a better option. I still believe that…

      [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
      ~ Mark Twain

    • Tyler Folger

      I think a pretty reasonable alternative explanation is that a political candidate lied. Trump was inconsistent throughout his campaign, had no discernible principles, and is a salesman and actor by trade. There was no real telling what he was going to do, based on anything he said.

  • The NAPster

    “Doing what, you ask? Well, that’s the big question — and the lack of
    good answers to that question is the reason President Barack Obama
    decided not to start something nobody knew how to finish.”

    In response to the above comment from Krugman, I’m surprised that none of Daniel, Tom or Bob brought up Obama’s participation in the Libya debacle (I know Krugman was referring to Obama’s decision about Syria, but that conveniently dodges his decision on Libya).