Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “Pakistan Moves to Curb More Aggressive US Drone Strikes, Spying;” the expansion of US drone strikes – initially limited to Al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban – to groups allied with the Pakistani military; why a post-occupation Afghanistan would be far more open to political reconciliation than it is at present; how US economic conditions will force military budget cuts and curtail the “empire of bases;” the cracks appearing in Gen. Petraeus’s carefully groomed PR image that cast doubt on his ambition to high elected office; and the need for a citizens’ movement to end war and empire.
MP3 here. (30:10)
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.