Gareth Porter

Inventing enemies to justify wars


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service News Agency, discusses Stanley McChrystal’s role in extralegal assassinations and the Bagram prison torture program, Rumsfeld’s attempt to divert covert special operations from the somewhat accountable CIA to the Pentagon, the mixed messages in U.S. personnel and strategy changes in Afghanistan and how the U.S. continues to create enemies to justify staying in Iraq.

MP3 here. (38:12)

Gareth Porter’s articles appear on the Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and on

4 thoughts on “Gareth Porter”

  1. Former Trident missile engineer Bob because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal. The Polish PM said the US missiles in Poland are for Russia, they have nothing to do with Iran. According to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. And according to Bob Aldridge Minuteman-3s and Trident-2 D5s linked to NAVSTAR obtain a CEP of 30-40 metres, enough to destroy any hard target. A First-Strike Capability won´t be complete without the missiles in Poland to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles. Even if it´s only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Please see the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy” in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. A disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability leads to Launch On Warning and nuclear war by mistake. As the late Brigadier Harbottle so correctly stated, “Bloody fools in the Pentagon”.

  2. The attack in Zahedan, Balochistan

    “At least 30 killed in Mosque Bombing in Iranian Balochistan 60 Others Wounded as Suicide Bomber Attacks during Shi’ite Holiday.” The title of the Anti-War news article by Jason Ditz complements the writer’s idea that this attack was merely a case of sectarian violence. But it was confirmed yesterday by Fars and many other Iranian news outlets such as IRNA and ILNA that the US had hired the attackers. This did not factor in to Jason’s ‘investigation.’

  3. Heh. Didn’t know you were on the FDL book salon with Ricks. You should have commented.

    He didn’t deign to answer most of my Qs, like what have the Taliban ever done to the U.S. and why is the U.S. at war against them.

  4. Bush or Obama? Republican or Democrat? It makes no diffrence. The so-called two-party system in America is a vast fraud. There is only one political party in America and that is the one that is controlled by America’s ruling establishment – the Rockefeller-controlled CFR crime family. They have controlled the Federal Government for well over a century now and they have virtually enslaved us. And just what motivates the ruling establishment? Simple: insatiable greed and lust for evermore power. Until the American people understand who their real enmies are; there will be no real peace, no real liberty, no real prosperity and no real security. If lasting peace, true liberty, true prosperity and real security is what the American people truly desire then there is only one way to obtain it: secession. Secede from the establishment’s immoral and despicable empire. Do it on an individual basis and do it collectively. Do it on a local level and do it on state-wide and regional levels as well. For the sake of ourselves and future generations of American children – let us secede now.

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