Noam Chomsky Critiques My Iraq War Essay

So I wrote to Noam Chomsky, fowarding him an 800 word essay I crafted for a contest for The Nation.

The essay “Withdrawal” was the product of a lot of collected conclusions about the Iraq War, my response to a prompt regarding the most important issue for young people in the 2008 United States Election. My hope is to win a ton of bragging rights and a thousand bucks. I would like to flash it on “Spectacle Monopolized,” but any hope of keeping good terms with The Nation‘s editorial or legal team means that I must waste some good copy’s possible public exposure until futher notice. However, Dr. Noam Chomsky got a sneak preview. The following is what he sent back:

Thanks for sending. Very well put. On the higher level of opposition today than in the 60s, you’re quite right. Opposition did grow in the 60s, but it took a long time, and only really became significant when the US attack on Indochina — which is what it should be called — reached a far higher level of intensity than the Iraq war today, awful as it is.

One side comment. The “baby-killer” story is mostly propaganda. It might have happened here and there, but if so, it was quite a marginal phenomenon. There has been some scholarship trying to track it down, but without much success. It mostly reduces to “I heard that….” In reality, the anti-war movement was highly supportive of soldiers. That’s why there were GI coffee houses near bases, and many other supportive actions. Activists were opposing the civilian leadership, just like now


4 comments to Noam Chomsky Critiques My Iraq War Essay

  • Awesome things here. I’m very happy to peer your article. Thanks a lot and I’m taking a look ahead to contact you.
    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  • Understood. I’ll read the aforementioned post in May.

    Good luck with the contest!


  • Michael,
    I can’t post the exact essay because it could potentially cut me out of winning the nation contest if I publish it. It’s actually quite a bit like a post I made in May, “The Most Important Issue For Young People,” but I cut it down and polished it up.

    Here’s hoping for the best.

  • Cool. It’s great that you received a response from Dr. Chomsky. I have read several books he has written, and I admire his intelligence and courage. Can you post a link to your essay? I would love to read it.

    -Michael Phillips