Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, May 10, 2011

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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 Responses to “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. The Israelis would fund the Taliban just as long as they can put it on Uncle Sam's credit card.

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

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

  5. The Israelis are nearly as dumb as the Americans fundamentalists who exploit them!

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