Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPSNews, discusses the recent rumors of war against Iran, why he thinks violent military confrontation unlikely in the short to medium term, continuing opposition from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the central role of the American Israel Lobby in pushing for a war certain to be detrimental to the United States and the American/Israeli pathology toward aggressive war against helpless opponents.

MP3 here. (18:33)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and

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  1. It's lovely to hear Gareth say that we need to rise up and demand peace if we want to stop the wars. But, as Gareth knows, he and Jim Lobe and Dreyfuss and all the other alterna-pundits who continue to spin the lie that Obama is a secret peacemaker and that only those bad neocons want war, and they are to blame for everything, are a HUGE part of the reason that the American people, on the Left anyway, don't rise up and demand peace. Lie-merchants like Porter keep the Left quiet, keep us believing in our mythical Obama the Peacemaker, keep us believing that we have to support Obama and the Democrats more, as opposed to recognizing that they are plainly warmongers that we need to oppose.

    1. It's been obvious from before Obama even won the election that he was going to pursue at least as hard a line with Iran as Bush did. The simple fact that he says words like 'engagement' and phrases like 'reaching out' means absolutely nothing, nothing at all. Any doubt that Obama wanted war (though, no doubt he might take Regime Change in the form of a US backed coup) became ABSOLUTELY UNTENABLE when Obama punched Turkey and Brazil in the face for actually making a deal with Iran, for doing actual diplomacy, and basically showing Obama and the world what actual diplomacy is. What we've seen since then is that alternapundits have raised the temperature in their attacks on neocons, blaming neocons for the coming war. That's all too obviously a distraction, necessary because Obama's pro-war stance can no longer be finessed away with any credibility at all. The only thing to do in that situation, if you want to keep the myth of Obama the Peacemaker alive, is blame the NeoCons that much louder.

      Alternapundits want us not to worry about the war until it actually happens, until it's far far too late to do anything about it. And it will be interesting to see how smoothly they switch from denying that we are on the verge of war, and that Obama is a warmonger, to normalizing the fact of war and acting like they saw it coming all along.

  2. They have been working on their grand Master Plan of disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability for about 50 years. It should be complete by 2014/15 when the missiles are deployed in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. But don´t worry, presumably it´s only for Blackmail.

  3. Israel will attack Iran with nuclear weapons after the Iranian clients Hezbollah and Hamas start another war. All it takes is one little incident at the Lebanese border.

  4. Part 1 of 3

    I wish I was as optimistic as Gareth Porter (whom I deeply respect).

    I remember in late 80s or very early 90s Saddam voiced couple of anti-Jewish stupid remarks. Soon afterwards sets of sophisticated machineries accelerated their pre-established functions….as a result.. soon Iraq’s infrastructure was completely destroyed mainly by USA using 10s of 1000s of bombing sorties (read Ramsey Clark’s historic papers) , a barbaric regime of sanctions was imposed on Iraqi civilians by US / UK killing 100s of thousands of Iraqi civilians and a more (fatal) blow was inflicted on Iraq after 911.

    I have come to believe hard core influential Zionists are not like ordinary people. They are extremely ruthless, merciless and remorseless. Extreme misery and pains of millions doesn’t mean a thing to them. They are obsessed with eliminating their enemies and they have inexhaustible resources to instigate and carry out wars and mass destructions.

  5. Part 2

    Now they have strong influence on likes of Sarkozis, Merkels or Obamas and since. Since at present time their #1enemy is Iran the fate of Iran is sealed. The efforts to demonize, discredit or de-stabilize Iran by Zionists and their stooges have been incredibly successful and each of their evil steps is smoothing the path for another war .

    Read this, you might then realize how efficient they (or their allies) are in spreading big Goebbelsian lies or using others (such as Iranian) as their pawns:

    Something like another strong NIE can temporarily stop them but nothing will stop them forever until Iran becomes another “irrecoverable ruin” like Iraq.

  6. Part 3

    I am also concluding zealous exceptionally powerful Zionists are their own worst enemy. They are incapable to fathom the tides of history…no evil system can last forever….after 60 years of using tricks, force, deception and gaining super military power they are now weaker than ever. War with Iran might become a turning point, in time awakening the American Public….then that would be the end of their apartheid state.

    Another minor reason I am not optimistic is (as I recently commented in

    Put these facts together:

    1-Iran Sanction resolution (allowing US and others inspecting Iranian ships)
    2-Warning of Iranian Revolutionary Guard on (armed) resistance for attempt to inspect Iranian ships.
    3-Giving CENTCOM job to a superficial, racist man.

    It is not hard to envision another heinous war on the near horizons…soon..

    Read this to know more about the Zionists mind-set .

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