Gareth Porter

Perfect Opportunity to Leave Afghanistan, But No


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service News Agency, discusses the Obama administration’s attempted duplication of Gen. Petraeus’s Iraq “success” in Afghanistan, the difficulty foreign occupiers have in overcoming the Pashtunwali code, the possible changes in U.S. military planning when the Quadrennial Defense Review is completed and Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic attempt to separate the Taliban and al Qaeda.

MP3 here. (27:43)

Gareth Porter’s articles appear on the Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and on

3 thoughts on “Gareth Porter”

  1. Dr Porter has so much to say that is of great value that he needs more than the allocated time to do so. His insights call for a much more detailed discussion.

  2. Former Trident missile engineer Bob because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming, unanswerable first-strike capability. The missiles in Poland will be very useful to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles AFTER a First Strike. Please see the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy” in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. The Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Nuclear Winter.

  3. Aha. Thanks. Porter finally answered a question I’ve had for a long time: why does the military want to continue these wars forever? And Porter’s answer is that the military doesn’t want to leave anywhere, as a general matter, and doesn’t want to leave a war unwon. Makes all the sense in the world. Thanks again.

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