Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, April 16, 2011

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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.

7 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". The Russian countermove will be Launch On Warning and Nuclear War may happen by mistake/accident.

  2. WHY PAKISTAN…??

    On October 9, 2001, The Times of India reported that "US authorities sought his [Gen Mahmud_Ahmed] removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohamed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of Gen. Mahmud,"[5] and although no evidence has been officially recognized, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets have reported on this alleged connection.[6] The 9/11 Commission Report made no mention of the allegation and stated that the question of who financed the terrorist attacks was "of little practical significance" and that it had "seen no evidence that any foreign government–or foreign government official–supplied any funding."

    General Mahmud was known to visit the United States regularly during his time as the head of ISI consulting senior officials in the U.S. administration in the weeks before and after 9/11. In fact, he was with Republican Congressman Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham in Washington, discussing Osama bin Laden over breakfast, when the attacks of September 11, 2001 happened.[4] He was immediately called into meetings with American officials where demands of Pakistani cooperation were made and he was told to convey this to the Pakistani government.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_Ahmed

    Pakistan weekly spills 9/11 beans
    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

    New Delhi, March 12: The Pakistan foreign office had paid tens of thousands of dollars to lobbyists in the US to get anti-Pakistan references dropped from the 9/11 inquiry commission report, The Friday Times has claimed.

    The Pakistani weekly said its story is based on disclosures made by foreign service officials to the Public Accounts Committee at a secret meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday.

    It claimed that some of the commission members were also bribed to prevent them from including damaging information about Pakistan.

    The magazine said the PAC grilled officials in the presence of foreign secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan and special secretary Sher Afghan on the money paid to lobbyists.

    “The disclosure sheds doubt on the integrity and honesty of the members of the 9/11 inquiry commission and, above all, the authenticity of the information in their final report,” it said.

    The report quoted an officer as saying that dramatic changes were made in the final draft of the inquiry commission after the lobbyists got to work. The panel was formed to probe the September 11 terror attack and make suggestions to fight terrorism.

    After the commission tipped the lobbyists about the damaging revelations on Pakistan’s role in 9/11, they contacted the panel members and asked them to go soft on the country. The Friday Times claimed that a lot of money was used to silence these members.

    According to the report, the lobbyists also helped Pakistan win the sympathy of 75 US Congressmen as part of its strategy to guard Islamabad’s interests in Washington. “US softened towards Pakistan only because of the efforts of the foreign office,” an official was quoted as saying in the report.

    The Pakistan foreign office defended the decision to hire the lobbyists, saying it was an established practice in the US.

    An observer at the Islamabad meeting said money could play an important role in buying powerful people. The remark came in response to comments made by some US officials after 9/11 that “Pakistanis will sell their mothers for a dollar”.

    Pakistan had emerged as front-runner in the fight against terrorism unleashed by the US after the terror strikes. Washington pumped in billions of dollars to win President Pervez Musharraf’s support in launching a crackdown on al Qaida network thriving on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060313/asp/nation/

    What does this all mean..?? To me it points to a much larger and more complicated game that the U.S is playing in PK . The fact that Gen Mahmud_Ahmed was never questioned by the U.S, or put in Guantamino tells me that the U.S, was in on his doings and is therefor complicit in 911.. All the Pakistani goings on are part of U.S. effort to obsfuscate their role in 911!!

  3. Were there any terrorists in the planes ? They can go by remote control. Mohammed Atta could be a Mossad agent, safely home in Israel by now. 9 scientists, one of them Niels Harrit from Uni of Copenhagen, have found nano-thermit in the dust from WTC. Science is science. But it seems the main reason the US is in Afghanistan-and now with permanent bases – is Trans-Afghan Pipeline. Gas and oil from Turkmenistan. The Lockerby-bomber was released for BP to get drilling rights. It´s all about the 1 % super-rich getting even more super-rich. It will backfire, however, as the Russians will deploy Launch On Warning by 2014.

  4. Absolutely totally meaningless. The pakistani's do not follow through ON ANYTHING. They are ALL bark and absolutely no bite! It is best to ignore any of this pakistan propaganda, because that is all it is.

    Totally , 100%, hogwash!

    Give the general pakistani population a little blood money and they are made perfectly happy!

  5. Yes, they are like us.

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