Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “US Treasury Claim of Iran-al-Qaeda ‘Secret Deal’ Is Discredited;” how former intelligence officer Paul Pillar and the recently-released bin Laden documents reveal the Obama administration’s strategy of diplomatic coercion on Iran; the lack of evidence that cooperation between al-Qaeda and Iran extends beyond prisoner swap deals; the need for a quick-response team of former intelligence/government employees to immediately counter media propaganda; the Syrian opposition’s use of suicide attacks against the Assad government; and why bad foreign policy decisions will continue so long as government officials face no consequences for being wrong on issues of war and peace.

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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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  1. ALQaeda is everyONE seeking the truth(Janna) according to Mohammad PBUH Teachings vs OPEX ratheyonMadoff's

  2. If you listen/watch the MSM it doesn't make sense not to go to war with Iran. In fact it seems to me that war is always the right thing because we're the greatest and everybody else is either Hitler or stupid. I've even heard somebody seriously say we should go to war against Canada 'because they're Socialist.' That was during the great Health Care debate. Find me some intelligent Americans and I will show you some lonely, forsaken souls.

  3. ALQaeda is everyONE seeking the truth(Janna) according to Mohammad PBUH Teachings ..Jesus PUH is ALQaeda member who will continue fighting 911neoMadoff'z

  4. I think if the "lame-stream media" kept talking about the fake "terrorism" plot by the used car salesman from Corpus Christie, TX who was allegedly also an Iranian Qods Force operative attempting to subcontract the Zeta Mexican drug cartel to commit terrorism–I think the extended dialogue and scrutiny on this "event" would have been one of the better things to happen in favor of those who are trying to 'educate' others of the "reality" of how our federal government actually works and the associated "foreign policy" which is currently being implemented.

    The 'lame-stream' "shutting up" about this is not, from my perspective, to the advantage of "truth" or moving forward constructively.

    Perhaps the 'lame-stream' media "shut up" about this for not only the reason Garth Porter pointed out–that it had served its purpose–but also because the entire cockamamie story was, on its face, patently absurd to begin with–absurd to the point even Kool-Aid drinkers deep down knew it was complete crap. If this "story" got as big as say: the "Casey Anthony" case or the "OJ" trial; some who are currently in power (and their koolaid drinking mindless water carriers) would have a lot of "'explaining" to do if, and when, the tide came in and actual "facts" were presented and scrutinized.

    In this particular situation, it's best that 'everyone' just shut up about it in order to shut it down. It will still have value in the future, however, as many will make allusions to it if, and when, the political decision is made to go to war with Iran–just as these people did with the "fake" assassination plot against Bush 41 in Kuwait allegedly orchestrated by Saddam .

    The bottom line is that: this "story" was beyond the pail absurd…so it was best to shut up about it while people still uncritically accepted it as fact without debate…

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