Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article on Syed Saleem Shahzad, “Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served al-Qaeda Strategy;” al-Qaeda’s successful plan to draw the US to Afghanistan and keep them there, slowly bleeding the empire dry like the Soviets before; why Osama bin Laden was never more than a figurehead, while Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri remains the real strategist of al-Qaeda; and how Pakistan’s tribal regions have been radicalized, furthering al-Qaeda’s goal of winning Pakistan itself.

MP3 here. (8:28)

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

6 thoughts on “Gareth Porter”

  1. Are the government and the public on the same page (i.e. are the stated policy goals the real policy goals)? Was the public privy to all the secret policy meetings? Was the invasion and occupation of Iraq another miscalculation? I could tell from articles in Rolling Stone magazine that the Afghanistan occupation wasn't going to work. Same thing learned from the documentary No End in Sight about the Iraqi occupation. Yet I should conclude that all the insiders were fooled by Bin Laden, Curveball and Chalabi?

  2. I'm not sure that I would give al-Quaeda the credit for luring the USA into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vengence for sure and empire pride another. Nevertheless, the wars will drain the USA of much of its world dominance and that certainly was not the intended role. But then again, Bush never read history and Cheney only saw it through blood-stained glasses. We are where we are and are bleeding badly for it. And when vengence and pride are still the driving forces, we could be there for another 10 years. How much money do the Chinese have to loan us?

  3. it look like a mouse set up a "mouse trap" for the elephant to fall into it and the elephant is trapped and bleeding to death.

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