Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, February 24, 2012

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Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “Iran Holds Up Access to Parchin for Better IAEA Deal;” the conditions under which Iran would allow more stringent inspections and/or readopt the Additional Protocol; the brouhaha over a (likely imaginary) containment vessel at Parchin, which the IAEA says is used to test nuclear weapons; why Iran can’t make nukes (assuming they could and wanted to) while the IAEA inspectors remain in country; and the Obama administration’s conflicted feelings on war with Iran, which make an October surprise possible.

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Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, was published in 2006.

10 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

  1. I wonder who Khamenei fears most now (at the present time). Is he most ‘concerned’ about:

    (1) The US? Not likely IMHO…

    (2) Israel? I would guess not; in fact, I would guess the exact opposite for several reasons–which are off topic.

    (3) The PKK, Jundallah, or some other 'separatist' group (possibly the student protesters that 'rioted' in Iran after the 2009 elections)?

    (4) The IAEA and their "allegations"? 'Allegations' which not only fly in the face of 'facts'; they also contradict the conclusions of ALL of the US intelligence agencies & Mossad (Israel). I'm sure all US “intelligence” agencies, as well as Mossad, will take this 'humble pie' "well"—this 'humble pie' which effectively calls in to question the worth, competency, credibility, and (of course) "need"/"usefulness" of these very agencies themselves?

  2. (…)
    (4) I'm sure they will all just sit back and defer to the Almighty 'IAEA', and they will admit inferiority when it comes to "intelligence"… I'm also confident Khamenei knew this would be the case, as the IAEA is one step away from "God" in International affairs…especially after they required Saddam to disarm his Al Saud missiles and even investigated Palaces for "WMDs"…meaning (in real life) useful information and "intelligence" prior to an inevitable military strike against Iraq… The voluntary disarmament of Al Saud missiles by Saddam, upon instructions of the 'IAEA', was obviously a "bonus"… This, to me, seems the least likely of the mentioned.

  3. Maybe Khamenei's primary concern at this time–more accurately he fears most–an attack from "within"…who knows…

    Was John Boehner more afraid of the 'Tea Party' or Mr. Obama during the "budget negotiations' in 2011? Was John Boehner 's life seriously at risk, or was the worst case scenario for him to lose an upcoming election and be reduced to the "humiliation" of aquiring wealth via book tours and/or keynote luncheon speeches? Maybe even becoming a shameless K St "lobbyist"… Life can be 'hard'…

    Who is it that poses the greatest real ‘threat’ to the "Iranian regime" at this time? Who is “perceived” to be the greatest significant threat by the “Iranian Regime” at this time? Who knows… I’m willing to put money down and bet on it though…

  4. Supreme Leader of Iran — Driven by morality, not fear

    If the Supreme Leader refused to give his military permission to use chemical weapons during the Iraq-Iran war, when tens of thousands of his forces were being gassed to death in the trenches, surely this most be a moral conviction immune to deadly force.

    For the fundamental principle of Islam is a realization that all force is evil, and that no good can ever come by using deadly force to overcome evil.

  5. Supreme Leader of Iran — Driven by morality, not fear

    If the Supreme Leader refused to give his military permission to use chemical weapons during the Iraq-Iran war, when tens of thousands of his forces were being gassed to death in the trenches, surely this most be a moral conviction immune to deadly force.

    For the fundamental principle of Islam is a realization that all force is evil, and that no good can ever come by using deadly force to overcome evil.

  6. If Iran won't kick out IAEA, U.S. will have to look for an excuse to get them to leave. Like the U.S. did with Iraq.

  7. Can man overcome the fear of nukes?

    Or shall man be forever enslaved by nukes?

    The real issue, for on the one hand we have nuke-free Iran, the most moral government on earth striving to do its moral best to do what is the most moral and just for the people of the Middle-East. While on the other hand we have nuke-terrorizing Empire USA doing its typical evil best to steal the world’s second-largest oil reserves.

    Iran refuses to get nukes, USA refuses to give up nukes and both sides now watch carefully to see if the real international community will rise up in rebellion against this the largest theft in world history.

    For Iran holds 10% of the world's proven oil reserves and 15% of its gas. In today’s market its $100 times 137.6 billion barrels of oil, plus the value of 29.61 trillion cubic meters of proven gas reserves.

  8. Human beings are typically driven by "fear" more than anything else…more than greed, more than lust, more than ambition, more than "morality", more than virtually anything…except crazy people. This is especially true and evident in extreme situations. For example: when the black plague took over Europe,some Catholic priests refused to give last rights to the dead out of fear. Dying without being given last rights was worse than death itself to the Catholics at the time. Some people eventually abandoned caring for their own families… This is what is called "self-preservation". Anything other than "fear" is somewhat a luxury depending on the context. "Pride" and "delusion" are also factors; however, they are a certain kind of "crazy"–which is not necessarily "insane", just human. Be that as it may, they are not necessarily things anyone can quantify or predict with any degree of accuracy.

  9. Fear — A good and godly thing

    DARKNESS
    Ben_C
    “Human beings are typically driven
    by "fear" more than anything else."

    LIGHT
    Fear is a natural instinct, by intelligent design actually to preserve the human race. For when faced with mortal danger, women grab their hair, step back and scream, whereas, men grab a rock, step back and yell.

    Crazy Ben_C for example, with all his crazy posts that drive readers crazy, be he a paid-actor or fun lover, what has he to fear in the doing of it? For even though he is doing great harm to readers by destroying their time, is hidden in darkness and his deceitful pretense of good enables him to be enriched upon our misery in darkness.

    Whereas, men who walk in the light, men who strive to do what is moral and right, they live in fear of doing harm to others, knowing that in the light such criminal behavior will be exposed by all who love a world free of such hateful time killers and murders.

  10. Ellis you need a good bum-shag to light-up your dark attic. When was the last time you confess??
    Arggg! You miss the sea ey?

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