Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Gen. Petraeus’s decision to double down in Afghanistan rather than deescalate and blame the quagmire on his predecessors, evidence of a civilian-military rift on war decisions with Obama failing to control policy and his generals near open rebellion, how the media love fest over Gen. Petraeus gives him unprecedented influence in the political process and why – for the sake of the republic – the permanent U.S. war footing must end soon.
MP3 here. (32:42)
Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com