Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses how Gen. James Jones pushed for NATO to take over the Afghanistan occupation, giving the purposeless organization a new raison d’etre; NATO’s inability to deal with the Afghan insurgency (that wasn’t supposed to happen) after the quick and resounding US ouster of the Taliban; President Bush’s willingness to cede control to NATO in order to free up soldiers for his preferred war in Iraq; and how European countries – expecting to participate in peacekeeping rather than military operations – are quickly souring on Afghanistan.
MP3 here. (18:47)
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.