Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, December 06, 2011

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Obama’s inadequate “condolences” for the US attack on two Pakistani border posts that killed 25 soldiers; how the rising anger of Pakistanis is forcing their military to finally stop kowtowing to the Pentagon; why the US seems intent on provoking a crisis, even though crucial supply lines to Afghanistan are being cut off as a result; and why you need to talk to lower ranking US military officers to get the true story on Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (19:51)

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.

11 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. I wonder how much influence the Christian fundamentalist-Zionist faction in the Pentagon that believes ( and favors ) that the War on Terror is in fact a war against Islam had in carrying out this attack on Pakistan.

  2. “Washington State Police violate the rights to freedom of speech”

    But, if life is a free gift from nature that no man has a right to, that no man has an any excuse for thinking its something he deserves, then should not the correct statement be,

    “Washington State Police violate natural law guaranteeing freedom of speech”

    For we are the most conceited, arrogant, bigoted, “exceptional” and baby bombing society of ingrates the world has ever known — all because of a fake morality and state religion called “Creator… unalienable rights.”

    For the moment we can convince America that this day of life is more then any man deserves, from that point on we would see a society where everyone had a firm grasp of the reality that everything we own belongs to those who have less then us, where everyone felt terribly guilty if ever they missed an opportunity to give all they could give. What true “pursuit of happiness” is all about.

  3. "Washington State Police violate the rights to freedom of speech"

    But, if life is a free gift from nature that no man has a right to, that no man has an any excuse for thinking its something he deserves, then should not the correct statement be,

    “Washington State Police violate natural law guaranteeing freedom of speech”

    For we are the most conceited, arrogant, bigoted, “exceptional” and baby bombing society of ingrates the world has ever known — all because of a fake morality and state religion called “Creator… unalienable rights.”

    For the moment we can convince America that this day of life is more then any man deserves, from that point on we would see a society where everyone had a firm grasp of the reality that everything we own belongs to those who have less then us, where everyone felt terribly guilty if ever they missed an opportunity to give all they could give. What true “pursuit of happiness” is all about.

  4. Can you say Chinese embassy.

  5. It's simpler than all that. O doesn't want to apologize bc it will make him look weak to his domestic political opponents.

  6. If you don't believe that, read Dallek's Nixon-Kissinger book. I borrowed the audio version from the library, and as I started to listen I thought Dallek had dashed off a quick money maker when some tapes were newly released. The more I listened, the more fascinated I got. There was almost nothing about VN in the conversations, which centered almost entirely on how actions there and the secret peace talks in Paris would influence Nixon's political career.

    All politics are local, and that means anything 'visible' the U.S. does wrt foreign policy is oriented toward domestic voters, not anything that might make sense wrt, um, ya know, like real foreign policy.

    Once you understand that, what the prez is doing wrt Pak makes 'sense.'

  7. eCAHNomics: …………. Yaa…!! Bingo…!!! What OTHER possible reason for such unreasonable behavior… Jus an empty suit with a Neocon sugar daddy behind every everything.. What a blunder… and…….. OOPs… the wretched puppet is gone to his high-rise in Dubai…. I think he was in on his wife's demise… Yaa, he was turning over every rock in Pakistan….. but it wasn't to find his wife's killers…. but more bakshih…

    and as Duglarr posted:

    Just waiting for someone to use the "S"-word. What historical precedent is recalled by a highly mechanized army cut off in winter snows? Dependant on air-dropped supplies? Running short of fuel and ammunition? While commanders back in headquarters squander any suggestion that they withdraw- until it's too late?

    It used to look like Vietnam.

    Now it's starting to look like Stalingrad.

    as Druthers posted:

    It would be interesting to know how much oil is consumed by the Pentagon in "protecting" the pipelines and procuring control of energy supplies, especially in view of the fact that we are now hated by almost every country in the world.
    The brazen behavior of Obama, living like Augustus in the WH palace, listenuing to the generals report on the rebellions of local vassals who dare to question murder and mayhem as the crumbling empire follows the same ineluctable decline as those preceding it is proof enough that the bubble of power renders blind.

  8. JEWS AND CHRISTIANS — WHY COMRADES IN ARMS?

    For a half century the early Christian church was 99% converted Jews and everything was cut and dry — the Hebrew government crucified God, either you were a Christian pacifist who never used force to overcome evil, or you were still a Hebrew who killed in the name of God.

    Then came AD 381 and the Emperor of Rome to publish the first Bible, the Latin Vulgate Bible with Scripture so corrupted that no longer did Christians need to be pacifists, actually now they could bear the sward for government which made them most perfect for the Christian Crusades.

    Then came Zionism, a militant creed dedicated to the conquest of the holy lands. A Judo-Christian kill for God religion referred to as “anti-Christ,” which in the ancient Greek scrolls is called anti-Christianity, which according to prophecy is destined to bring on “the battle of Armageddon.”

  9. The Russian NATO-Ambassador went to Washington. He asked: "If people from Mars were to completely disarm Iran, would you still want to deploy the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland ?" They answered: "Yes, that will go ahead as decided." Trident chief missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike."

  10. Who owns property? — Heart of the issue

    01% High Society (80% of property)
    10% Country Club class (10% of property)
    40% Educated Middle-class (10% of property)
    50% Uneducated Laboring-class (no property)

    Considering that since our A-bomb terrorism of 1945 we have plundered most of the most valuable property on earth, and considering that more then enough has society for all to enjoy great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe healthcare, why does everyone still take all that the law will allow?

    Well, because Empire USA has decreed that we exceptional Americans deserve to own an unlimited amount of property, for our court system is a property dictatorship where property rights are above people rights and to the extent that in any court battle — the party with the most property always wins.

    Comes now our Occupy movement to capture the hearts and minds of all those who own no property. And in so doing declare to all the world that property does not own people, that property does not rule over people and that property is worthless in comparison to the individual right of conscience that is by organic and natural law guaranteed to all people.

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