Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, November 19, 2009

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses longstanding Iranian contingency plans for a U.S. attack on their nuclear industry, the Qom facility’s use as a symbol of deterrence to Israel and the U.S., the likely failure of multiple party uranium processing agreements and how Iran’s potential nuclear “breakout” capability creates leverage in U.S. negotiations.

MP3 here. (27:33)

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

5 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. Thanks for the interview, Scott and Gareth.

    There we have it. Iran is only responding to threats of bombing by the U.S. or Israel. Imagine that, taking responsibility for their self-defense from explicit threats by the killers in D.C. and Israel.

    And we all know bullies don't like it when the bullied fight back. Really, how do guys like BoltOn get away with threatening other countries with U.S. military force?

    The U.S. Government once again claims the title for "Enemy of Peace on Earth".

  2. Death to the Islamic Republic of Terror & Turd in Iran!

    Down with stinky far left in US who support the most inhumane theocratic dictatorship on earth.

  3. I didn't know right-wing christian evangelical eschatologists / liberal interventionist / nuamerican centurists / aipacistas were reading this site?

  4. Yah , I didn’t know dumwits, losers, surrenderers, appeasers, and ‘fuck me over Ayatollah”s were here either! :) :)

  5. The struggle for a better Iran is a very important struggle for the human dignity of almost 70 million people. The struggle against US impeialism is a critcial struggle for the human dignity of almost 7 billion people. There is no rational reason what so ever for the US to oppose nuclear power in Iran. In fact there is not even any rational reason to oppose Iran having nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons will not keep Khameni in power one day longer. Nuclear weapons can not be used against protestors. Nuclear energy will benefit Iranians no matter who is in power. I am a Buddhist. I have no love (politically speaking only) for the conservative Ayatollahs. I am not a pacifist but I do not support the US taking any negative action against the Iranian regime. The struggle for power in Iran should be a strictly Iranian affair. May the best team win.
    If the best team has to win with violence so be it. When people think that they are defending something sacred you can not expect them to use half assed measures. By my reckoning both the pro government forces in Iran and the anti government forces think that they are defending something sacred. A peaceful solution does not seem possible.

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