Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, October 23, 2009

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the counterproductive coercive diplomacy in U.S./Iran talks, political pressure brought to bear by U.S. allies on the 2007 Iran NIE, new evidence of manufactured controversy about the Qom facility and Iran’s well-reasoned decision to halt disclosure under the additional protocol to their Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA in 2007.

MP3 here. (29:04)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

9 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. it is not in the interest of us play against iran right now but they will put russia against iran very soon… wat to see it

  2. Is this to ignore what is fairly obvious regarding other outlets for Iranian aggression–assuming that they heedlessly, recklessly go that route?

    "In July 2003 Foreign Minister Shalom predicted that Iran would have nuclear bomb capability by 2006. It did not have nuclear weapons in 2006, though in fact a successful strike by conventional missiles on Dimona, Israel’s nuclear facility, would radioactivate a good part of Israel – and both Iran and Syria have such missiles….Iran and the other Arab states will eventually develop or acquire nuclear weapons, making Israel incredibly insecure for its highly mobile Jewish population – one exhausted by regular service in compulsory reserves. And as already suggested, destroying Dimona with conventional missiles or mortars would be a cheap way to radioactivate a good part of Israel"[Kolko].

    CounterPunch: Gabriel Kolko

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

  3. How interesting. The second one mentions, e.g., J-w, or J-ws, or Z-onists, etc., no matter what the context, a flag goes up. AIPAC on your case Antiwar? Have they been harassing you?

  4. Is this to ignore what is fairly obvious regarding other outlets for Iranian aggression–assuming that they heedlessly, recklessly go that route?

    "In July 2003 Foreign Minister Shalom predicted that Iran would have nuclear bomb capability by 2006. It did not have nuclear weapons in 2006, though in fact a successful strike by conventional missiles on Dimona, I-rael’s nuclear facility, would radioactivate a good part of I-rael – and both Iran and Syria have such missiles….Iran and the other Arab states will eventually develop or acquire nuclear weapons, making I-rael incredibly insecure for its highly mobile Jewish population – one exhausted by regular service in compulsory reserves. And as already suggested, destroying Dimona with conventional missiles or mortars would be a cheap way to radioactivate a good part of I-rael"[Kolko].

    CounterPunch: Gabriel Kolko

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

  5. Is this to ignore what is fairly obvious regarding other outlets for Iranian aggression–assuming that they heedlessly, recklessly go that route?

    "In July 2003 Foreign Minister Sh-lom predicted that Iran would have nuclear bomb capability by 2006. It did not have nuclear weapons in 2006, though in fact a successful strike by conventional missiles on Dimona, I-rael’s nuclear facility, would radioactivate a good part of I-rael – and both Iran and Syria have such missiles….Iran and the other Arab states will eventually develop or acquire nuclear weapons, making I-rael incredibly insecure for its highly mobile J-wish population – one exhausted by regular service in compulsory reserves. And as already suggested, destroying Dimona with conventional missiles or mortars would be a cheap way to radioactivate a good part of I-rael"[Kolko].

    CounterPunch: Gabriel Kolko

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

  6. II.
    And, regarding the State/MSM "reporting" of the facts (read: played fast and loose) of Iranian compliance with the IAEA:

    "Communists have burned the Reichstag!"
    "The sky is falling!"

    etc.

    Here is Ron Paul on the events as they have unfolded—versus the hysteria- and war-mongering—regarding Iran's actual compliance with the IAEA:

    Ron Paul on Iranian compliance

  7. As for the current regime's influence by AIPAC, Alex Cockburn deftly limns the DC pageant of kowtowing to I-rael, to wit:

    "The Biden and Clinton 'foreign' policy is: 1) to recreate the same old Cold War (with a new appendage, the US versus Iran nuclear confrontation) for the same old reasons: to pump up domestic defense spending; and 2) to continue sixty years of supporting Israeli imperialism for the same reasons that every president from Harry to Dubya (perhaps barring Ike) did so: to corner Israel lobby money and votes. Regarding the latter, Obama did the same by grabbing the Chicago-based Crown and Pritzker family money very early in his campaign and by making Rahm Emanuel his very first appointment (the two are hardly unrelated)" [Cockburn].

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

  8. As former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org , Scott Ritter, Dr. Ellsberg, etc. have pointed out the real problem to our world is that The Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability and this leads inevitably to Launch On Warning and suicide by mistake. Bob Aldridge resigned because a First-Strike Capability is suicidal. Brigadier Harbottle suggested that they are "bloody fools" in the Pentagon. Why don´t they give it up and admit that about one hundred nuclear explosions would produce Nuclear Winter ? The Pentagon´s drive for Nuclear Primacy will make this civilization die prematurely. We could have been here 4-5 billion years more if it was not for the crazy people in the Pentagon´s office for First-Strike Plans. Resign, resign, resign as Bob Aldridge did. You see, he realized that you don´t need a CEP of 30-40 metres for Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 in order to hit cities. The Counterforce Syndrome is a book by Bob Aldridge.

  9. [...] seems to be progressing. Our politicians and media continue to muddy the waters on the subject of Iran’s nuclear program, and there are many in this country – mostly the same wrecking crew responsible for Iraq and [...]

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