Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “Obama Leaves Door Open to Long-Term US Afghan Combat;” the “lunatic warmonger” Republicans who reversed course after hearing the “end the wars” demands of their constituents; how Obama essentially traded the domestic Democratic political agenda for the Afghan surge; how, despite the minimal drawdown, David Petraeus got almost everything he wanted; the hubris of Robert Gates, who had no idea the US national security state could be subject to economic limits; and why US strategy in Afghanistan is best described as praying for a miracle.

MP3 here. (20:06)

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

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  1. I can't recall that I've ever seen Gareth Porter in Time Magazine, or on CNN, or those awful Sunday Morning talk shows which always pose as if they have the 'inside story' on everything and yet out of thousands of reporters and pundits he seems to be the only one who actually has the truth. Every time! Pravda, at the height of the Soviet Union was just as good as our present-day media is. It is built on the delusion that our illusions are the thing to cling to at all cost.

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