Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, October 25, 2011

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses how the Obama administration pushed hard for an extended Iraq troop presence, got rejected, then spun it as fulfillment of a campaign promise; why the Iraq War’s principal aim was to establish a massive military garrison from which to project power in the Middle East; the long-term training of Iraqi pilots on US fighter jets; and why the huge US embassy in Baghdad may not have enough force protection to secure it – conjuring images of rooftop helicopter rescues in Saigon.

MP3 here. (19:44)

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 Antiwar.com.

6 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. The annoyed & peevish look on O's face when he made the announcement was priceless.

  2. Do I remember accurately that W didn't know the diff betw Sunni & Shia? Or was that Wolfowitz?

  3. [...] parents?  Did no one tell them not to do that in public? You have to wonder that as you listen to Gareth Porter make a fool out of himself (yet again).  Speaking to Scott Horton (Antiwar.com) who hung on every word and possibly a better posture would be to question unless this is Fan Boi [...]

  4. [...] parents? Did no one tell them not to do that in public? You have to wonder that as you listen to Gareth Porter make a fool out of himself (yet again). Speaking to Scott Horton (Antiwar.com) who hung on every word and possibly a better posture would be to question unless this is Fan Boi [...]

  5. [...] parents? Did no one tell them not to do that in public? You have to wonder that as you listen to Gareth Porter make a fool out of himself (yet again). Speaking to Scott Horton (Antiwar.com) who hung on every word and possibly a better posture would be to question unless this is Fan Boi [...]

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