Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter
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.