Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “Why US and NATO Fed Detainees to Afghan Torture System;” ambiguous statements from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the July Afghanistan drawdown; perpetuating failure with the “long war” doctrine; how Gen. David Petraeus’s new role as CIA chief puts a damper on civilian oversight of military operations; the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden (sorry for the extreme delay in posting interviews the past couple weeks); and how the Afghan National Directorate of Security – given prisoners by US and NATO forces for “interrogation” – released bribe-paying high-ranking Taliban officials.

MP3 here. (21:46)

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

5 thoughts on “Gareth Porter”

  1. This (the Afghan war) is the perfect war. It could never in any way endanger the US, it is a playground upon which to test out our weapons, it is a 'cash cow' for the defense contractors and hence for the generals in the Pentagon in the 'revolving door', and it produces 'heroes' – American heroes! for the masses to fawn over. No wonder they don't want it to end. It could go on forever- why not ? And if the Taliban start to fail we could secretly fund them. I'm sure Israel would readily do it for us.

  2. I’m looking forward to listening; I’ve been anxious to hear perspective from the Antiwar crowd – both specifically in name and in general!

  3. Bush got confused and thought the gate keeping out Gog and Magog was in the Indian Caucasus (the Hindu Kush)!

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