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.

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