Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, February 18, 2011

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the importance of National Intelligence Estimates in determining US foreign policy and war-making abilities; how the Afghanistan NIE allows the military to measure their own success, leaving out a CIA assessment of the supposedly diminishing numbers of Taliban; debunking the military’s “taking the fight to the enemy” explanation for increased attacks; Gen. McChrystal’s well-reasoned “insurgent math;” and why Gen. Petraeus is more concerned with his public image than any particular military strategy, including COIN.

MP3 here. (20:26)

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

4 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. Refresh my memory. Why is it that the U.S. is fighting the Taliban.

    (Rhetorical Q)

  2. "Kinetic events"

    That's one hell of a euphemism right there.

  3. CIA covers Petraeus' failures. But who covers the CIA's failures?

  4. To liberate the women of Afghanistan, I think.


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