Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, July 01, 2008

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Dr. Gareth Porter discusses his recent article about how the War Party’s excuses to attack Iran are actually great reasons not to, how the U.S. and Israel share the common roles of being both dominate forces and fearful victims, U.S. manipulation of the IAEA against Iran, the many political ploys the war party is using to provoke Iran into retaliating, the two war resolutions in Congress that are about to be passed, the attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq that will take place if we assault Iran, Gen. Petraeus’s direct line to the vice president, the Israel Lobby’s vast influence over U.S. foreign policy, the impotence of Bush’s character and Khalilzad’s plan to switch back to the Sunnis.

MP3 here. (44:36)

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.

4 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. With regards to the issue of the “12th iman”, a serious question needs to be asked:

    According to the theory, as I understand it, the 12th imam will inaugurate a time of universal Peace and Justice among nations.

    Why in the world would a country, many of whose inhabitants are said to believe in the return of the 12th imam, choose to ‘commit suicide’, as is suggested by Pharisee and Pharisee-Christian religious ‘authorities’ and then accepted unquestioningly by the politicians of the United States and the Israel?

    It is the failure to confront *directly* the theological issues involved which is leading to the confrontation in the first place…

    Something which may very well be remedied to a certain degree if websites such as antiwar (sic).com would allow the publication of the Truth about the Doctrine of “resurrection”.

    Michael Cecil

    http://after-the-false-peace.blogspot.com/

  2. A question that every strutting politician should be asked: “If you are capable of such wisdom, such benevolence, and such cleverness in using power to solve Crisis X, why are you only recognizing it now? Why did you not solve it last year or the year before? If you answer that you couldn’t have foreseen Crisis X, then I wonder about your capacity to forestall Crisis Y and Crisis Z. If you answer that it was not possible to act because constitutional restraints and morality impeded you from taking the necessary actions, then I fear that you ARE Crisis Y and Crisis Z.”

  3. Here is the youtube played at 22:55.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=mjSwO54p_YQ

  4. I would love mto witness Sean, above, so questioning such a “strutting politician”. Go for it; you only live once.

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