Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, March 12, 2008

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the “retirement” of Adm. Fox Fallon from his position as the head of Centcom, his repeated clashes with the White House over Iran policy, Robert Gates role, his belief that war is still unlikely, the U.S. government propaganda again blaming Iran for all the problems in Iraq, Obama and his advisers, Bill Clinton’s 1997 attempt to have former Centcom commander Gen. Anthony Zinni to create a pretext for war with Iraq and Zinni’s play to shut it down and attempt to pin bin Laden’s Khobar Towers attack on “Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah” as a pretext for war against Iran.

MP3 here. (27:32)

Some relevant Porter articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

6 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. Very informative interview and links. Thanks Scott.

  2. Scott, I think you’re a little too harsh on Obama. The guy has to win the election after all and the public can only tolerate so much challenging of their ‘war on terror’ worldview before they lapse into their prefabricated thought patterns of: ‘he’s soft on terror’, or ‘too liberal’, or ‘he’s not a patriot’.

    If he was a military guy he could make the argument more explicitly that the US forces actually contribute the growth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq without getting smeared. It would be great for some of the military officers supporting him to raise the point. I suspect what Obama’s thinking is if he explicitly makes that obvious argument it’ll be easy to paint him as ‘belittling the efforts and sacrifice of the US troops’ or some crud like that. It’s one thing to say the war was an error and another to say the troops are doing more harm than good. He implies it when he says the troops need to withdraw before Iraqis will make any effort to come together. I don’t like how he’s making the US imperial forces sound less culpable for what’s going on in Iraq either, but he can’t state it too explicity during the campaign, there’s just too many braindead ‘patriots’. Obama definitely knows what’s going on in Iraq, he’s just being politically savvy, which is OK since the end result is the same- withdrawing US troops from Iraq and changing the militaristic mindset in Washington.

    The guy gets flack for not wearing a flag pin, what sort of BS would he have to counter if he spoke totally openly about the catastrophic reality of the Iraq invasion and the magnitude of the American governments crimes? He’d be labeled a raving lunatic America-hater and would lose to Hillary or McManiac. The guy is being politically savvy, but not unprincipled IMO, he’s just emphasizing the palatable point of his argument and downplaying the stuff the public won’t accept right now.

    I agree with Gareth

  3. I agree with A. Shah. My impression is that the majority of people are not anti-war. They simply feel the Iraq war has been mismanaged.

  4. Gareth Porter is an apologist for the Khomeni regime.

    http://www.paulbogdanor.com/deniers.html

  5. [...] Gareth Porter speaks on Antiwar Radio about ‘Fox’ Fallon’s resignation and an earlier attempt by the Clinton administration to establish a pretext for war with Iraq, thwarted by the then Centcom commander Anthony Zinni. Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the “retirement” of Adm. Fox Fallon from his position as the head of Centcom, his repeated clashes with the White House over Iran policy, Robert Gates role, his belief that war is still unlikely, the U.S. government propaganda again blaming Iran for all the problems in Iraq, Obama and his advisers, Bill Clinton’s 1997 attempt to have former Centcom commander Gen. Anthony Zinni to create a pretext for war with Iraq and Zinni’s play to shut it down and attempt to pin bin Laden’s Khobar Towers attack on “Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah” as a pretext for war against Iran. [...]

  6. I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely loved every bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new things you post…

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