Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, April 24, 2012

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Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses Washington Post writer David Ignatius’s claim that a deal has already been made on Iran’s nuclear program and that ongoing talks are scripted; why the US and Iran can’t just “make a deal and shut up already;” how Benjamin Netanyahu’s bluff about attacking Iran is influencing US policy and helping the GOP win election; why it’s still unlikely NATO will drag the US into war in Syria, like Libya before; and the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement that envisions US involvement through 2024.

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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.

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    Leon Panetta — “We always have a concern about in particular the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, their efforts to expand influence into South America… this relates to expanding terrorism.”

    Any economical cooperation or increased trade between South America and Iran, this means less paycheck income and profit on 401k investments for the American voting majority. What loosing elections is all about, for our 51% most wealthy who have a monopoly on the voting process, anger hath no equal as when you harm their excessive wealth.

  2. Iran's big sin is not kowtowing to the U.S. They shall not be forgiven for that, no matter what they offer.

  3. What's the diff betw NATO & the U.S.? I thought the former was a wholly owned subsidiary of the latter.

  4. Compared to MSM reporters listening to Gareth Porter is like listening to a professor after hearing what the schoolyard hooligans have to say about a particular subject. In other words he really knows his subject and not merely spouting off the latest thrash talk.

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  6. I find it hard to believe that Israel wants to get rid of Bashar al-Assad, who's never been a threat to them. They know that if the people have a say, their country will be more hostile to Israel.

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    “Iran’s big sin is not kowtowing to the U.S.”

    As neither Russia nor China are “kowtowing to the U.S,” above comment is not actual in the realm of things factual.

    For Iran’s big sin is not getting the A-bomb back when the Shah was given everything he needed to make nuclear weapons by our Empire, for he was to be our puppet king ruling over all the Middle-East oil.

    For only by deadly force is one able to own wealth and for all you who feel deserving of excessive wealth, better first make sure you have the deadly force needed to hold on to it.

  8. Ability to be rich — In direct proportion to deadly force

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    “Iran's big sin is not kowtowing to the U.S.”

    As neither Russia nor China are “kowtowing to the U.S,” above comment is not actual in the realm of things factual.

    For Iran’s big sin is not getting the A-bomb back when the Shah was given everything he needed to make nuclear weapons by our Empire, for he was to be our puppet king ruling over all the Middle-East oil.

    For only by deadly force is one able to own wealth and for all you who feel deserving of excessive wealth, better first make sure you have the deadly force needed to hold on to it.

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  10. The whole World can live with Iran except Isreal! Why is that? They have Nukes but are still afraid so it would seem Nothing makes them feel secure! How can we ever deal with that?
    Cannot the entire World as one deal with this insignificant grain of a country?

  11. Wealth + deadly force = security

    bajajoes — “Israel… They have Nukes but are still afraid… Nothing makes them feel secure!”

    A dozen family dynasties in Israel control the economy, hire most politicians as paid actors and whether or not they have nukes, the appearance of having nukes is for their person and their wealth real security.

    For a poor farmer needs only one gun to protect his cattle from wolves, whereas a rich man needs a thousand guns to protect his gold mine.

    So, as Empire USA has a third of all the world’s wealth, can it give up its excessive military before it gives up its excessive wealth? Not hardly.

  12. The US has been playing with fire for a long time. They better make a deal with Iran very soon or else. And I'm not talking about their nuclear energy program. I'm talking about a grand bargain that the last president of iran tried to do. They are playing with fire and this is their last chance to keep the peace. If they don't reach an agreement with Iran this time around. We will have war shortly after.

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