Gareth Porter joins Scott on Antiwar Radio to discuss his latest piece about the media’s reaction to Afghanistan. Porter lays out how virtually the entire media ecosystem is arguing the withdrawal was done prematurely from both a counterterrorism standpoint and in terms of the evacuation of American citizens and allies. However, the media is ignoring the root of the problem was the overconfidence the U.S. Military and Intelligence Community had in the Afghan National Army. Porter argues that that is where the blame ought to lie, rather than squarely on Biden. Now Porter thinks we’ve reached an inflection point, with historic calls for those responsible for these disastrous wars to be held accountable.
Discussed on the show:
- Gareth Porter’s page at the Grayzone
- “Afghanistan collapse reveals Beltway media’s loyalty to permanent war state” (Grazone)
- news.antiwar.com — better than CIA briefings according to Chalmers Johnson
- “Surprise, panic and fateful choices: The day America lost its longest war” (Washington Post)
- “Top defense firms spend $1B on lobbying during Afghan war, see $2T return” (Responsible Statecraft)
- Joe Kent on Tucker
Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare and, with John Kiriakou, The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.
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