Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, April 15, 2012

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Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “Israeli Experts Mum on Iran Attack to Support Bibi’s Bluff;” Obama’s dangerous game, talking tough on Iran to appease Israel and Republican critics while trying to avoid war; how outrageous US demands on Iran’s nuclear program risk scuttling negotiations before they even begin; and how Israel-sponsored terrorism in Iran (using Jundullah or MEK as a proxy) could start a war if Iran counterattacks.

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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. LIAR IS — AS LIAR DOES

    Obama and the military brass struck a deal on military spending, which was below what the Republicans felt the military needed to terrorize the world into submission to Empire USA, whereupon the following argument ensued —

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
    “We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice.
    We don't think the generals believe their budget is really
    the right budget.”

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey
    “There’s a difference between having someone say they don’t
    believe what you said versus … calling us collectively liars.”

  2. Generals are like any other bureaucracy. More of somebody else's money is always the solution. In this case, the rail is buttered by military industrial oligopoly lobbyists and congressmen not averse to stuffing brown envelopes. RAISE THOSE TAXES, YO!

    Some cartoon: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/

  3. Have faith in Russia,and China. There is no Zionist influence anywhere in either country, nor would it be allowed. They are both well aware of the poison Zionist is, and both countries despise it. China, and Russia may issue severe ultimatums to Israel with regards to their survival should they launch an attack on Iran. Let's hope this is in the works…

  4. 2007??? I don't recall a George W. Bush 'speech' about the "issue" before the NFL 'Superbowl' on national television back in 2007 like the one Obama made earlier this year?

    Did George W. Bush cart out a used car salesman and claim he was a 'Quds Force' member…or anything even remotely close? I don't recall anything of the sort happening.

    Does anything that piano playing "Condi" 'says' really mean a damn thing in the first place–no.

    Did George W. Bush sell "bunker busters" and a refueling aircraft to Israel? I can say definitely that's a "no".

    Is Obama even George W. Bush…nope…

    What in blazes does today's "situation" have anything to do with, or even resembles for that matter, 2007?

  5. Hillary mentioned the ayatollah's fatwas against nuke weapons a couple of days ago. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

  6. Hillarous suffers from some fungi in her netherparts, and due to medications moody ;)

  7. I would like to see Putin announce that Russia will supply Iran with nuclear fuel assemblies for Iran's nuclear power plant and test reactor (cancer-fighting isotopes) . This would preclude Iran from developing weapons . Putin could also announce that Israel should sign the NPT to reduce the tensions in the Middle East .

  8. Good interview. I particularly like his sounding of the Israeli intelligence establishment on the issue.

  9. The clockwork of American elections: Every 2 years the fight for the Congress and every 4 years for the control of the White House as well as the Congress; are the overwhelming determinants of the US foreign policy in the year leading to those elections.
    In the case of Iran it is therefore instructive to look at what happened back in 2008, the year of the last presidential elections in the US, in order to guess what Israel might do in 2012.
    In 2008 Israel kept up reminding the world that Iran’s nuclear program was the existential threat the Jewish State would no longer tolerate and would remove militarily.
    Then, in 2008 prior to the polling day in November, the air was thick with media speculations in the US about an “October surprise”: an US/Israeli attack on Iran just before the US presidential vote. The Western opinion-makers seemed then, in 2008 just as worried as they are today, that Israel was on the verge of attacking Iran with or without American participation or approval.
    No American or Israeli attack on Iran materialized in 2008 and has not since. But in the meantime Iran has improved its capacity to defend the country and retaliate more effectively if attacked. It has also launched 3 satellites since 2009 as a small indication of the country’s much improved war-making capabilities against Israel.
    Would the same Israel that did not dare get itself and the world involved in a war with Iran in 2008 risk a war now in 2012?
    Iranian leaders have said it time and time again that they don’t fear Israel ever attacking Iran without American approval; and they are obviously not going to be fooled by the shrill threats emanating from Netanyahu and his defense minister in an American election year.
    The fact that the Islamic Republic has decided to negotiate and perhaps forfeit some of its NPT-guaranteed rights is because of the severe US-imposed sanctions and the perception of the weakness President Obama might show in the face of Iran–policy assaults directed at him by the Israeli Lobby and the Republicans in this election year.
    The Obama Administration should seize this fleeting opportunity, conclude a satisfactory nuclear deal with Iran and free the world of this never-ending din of war once and for all.

  10. Scott Horton’s interview of Gareth Porter provides information about the current political situation in the Middle East and the political affinities of the United States. As Mr. Porter says the US would have its own interest to please their allies in the region.

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