Gareth Porter, independent historian and reporter for IPS News, discusses the build-up to the invasion of Afghanistan, why the neocons didn’t care about al Qaeda, “The Getaway,” why the marines had no real ability to get to Tora Bora in time to catch bin Laden, the thinking behind the neocons’ Clean Break policy and pre-9/11 determination to invade Iraq, the various degrees of stupidity and nefarious planning in the administration of the Iraq occupation, and the would-be horror of a John McCain/Sarah Palin foreign policy.
MP3 here. (38:19)
Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.