Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the Obama administration officials who lied us into an Afghan surge (even though reporters are supposed to use more diplomatic language); how Mullah Omar’s Taliban avoided trouble with the US and tried to keep bin Laden in check; how Bill Clinton’s “Monica Missiles” destroyed a chance to get bin Laden, as well as a few training camps; how the Pakistani Taliban’s formation shows the ideological split between al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban; falsehoods in Bruce Riedel’s reporting on the Taliban/al-Qaeda relationship; and why Obama is more interested in scoring political points than in seriously negotiating with the Taliban.

MP3 here. (29:10)

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

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    1. I checked out your sources webpage. It refers to North Vietnamese. Khmer Rouge where Cambodians supported by the Chinese Communist paty. The Vietnanese invaded Cambodia (after the defeat of the United States, and S. Viet Nam), called Kampuchea at the time to oust the Khmer Rouge from power. So its a mix up, your-like -saying the US, but you mean Mexico.
      In that time period the Soviets supported the N. Vietnamese, and China had a small war attacking N. Vietnam but since they where veterans against the US Army and Marines, they gave China a licking.

      1. My mistake, I see his name under a second authors name, for Khmer Rouge. Though my PDF reader can't open the link.

  1. Mark Twain: 'Americans believe everything you say, unless you tell them the truth'. The most successful politicians are the ones who never tell the truth. If they do they become 'intellectual exiles' in the Media. Kucinich, Paul and 3 or 4 more, whose names I should know since there are so few of them.

  2. Nano thermite was found at WTC by 9 scientists, one of them Niels Harrit, Uni of Copenhagen. Did OBL have access to nano thermite or is that exclusively for the CIA and the MOSSAD to use ?

  3. Would America collapes already wish it would have happenen many years ago after the Kenndy murger would have been good we ened up with a piece of you no what LBJ its been down hill from there.Americans started turning a blind eye no matter what there scum bag government did as long as they were living good.Its not working out to good for them or anyone that supports the regime.I love my Country Canada but hate living so close to the criminal government in America that are Priminister has his head ur any presidents but.Even now we let them drag us into illegal was I wonder is it out of cowardis or is are government no longer peace keepers.I know the citizens hate it but Harper still seemd to get elected.There must be a bread of Canadian I hav not ran into yet because the ones I now would not vote for an American lap dog. Sorry now Im going to listen to this.

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