This recording is excerpted from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of December 24th. The original program can be heard here.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the New York Times story about a leaked military proposal for snatch and grab raids targeting Afghan insurgent leaders inside Pakistan (in the hopes that interrogations would yield an intelligence bonanza); the severe consequences this “cockamamie” idea would have for Pakistan’s already weak civilian government; why Pakistan’s national security remains tied to the Taliban, in opposition to the India-friendly Karzai regime and Northern Alliance remnants; how political realities in the US keep the Afghanistan War going despite the fact it’s a well-known lost cause; and why the White House will probably be responsive to US special forces raids in Pakistan.
MP3 here. (28:52)
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.