Please excuse the technical difficulties that cut this interview a bit short. Gareth Porter’s article can explain any partially-answered questions.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses US frustration with the Taliban’s highly effective IED attacks, which led to a change in strategy from house-to-house clearing to razing entire villages with airstrikes and bulldozers; problems with the official story, that Tarok Kalache residents abandoned their booby-trapped village long before US attacks started; and why razing a village is not a clear-cut war crime when it is “fortified” – a claim the US often made in Vietnam.
MP3 here. (14:47)
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.