Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “US Hard Line in Failed Iran Talks Driven by Israel;” the deal-breaking US positions on sanctions relief and Iran’s Fordow enrichment facility; the US’s tried-and-true model for justifying military action, from Kosovo to Iraq, that works by sabotaging any diplomatic alternatives; the Obama administration’s seeming opposition to war with Iran; and how the neoconservatives won over all the ultra-rich philanthropists.

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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. I do not know how the United States let itself get selected as the guardian and protector of every half-baked, less-than-grown up country in the world. No other country is dumb enough to take on the protection and support financially and aid of every small orphan bunch. The world would be a mess if every large country went around adopting and eager to go to war to protect this bunch of can't-help-itself hangers-on. We have a serious national situation, what with over-spending, unemployment numbers and the biggest military budget in the world, why don't we let others play the "big brother" part, before it is too late???

  2. Be All You Can Be

    Gareth is of the opinion that the root cause is the greed of the rich, and though he is correct, the more wealth the rich are able to plunder by war, all the more are they right-wing and pro-war, there is this thing called self-actualization, the organic need in most humans to be all you can be and to own all you can own. In short, most feel they deserve to be rich, the only solution is to act like we deserve to be poor and its a reality that one with wealth is hardly willing to except.

  3. It has become so incredibly easy to steer the US into war and to bring havoc and misery to a people or nation targeted by these swindlers and war profiteers. The media will not lift a finger to question or research this conflict. They will simply be the cheerleaders for the troops, drones, and glorified violence that Americanism has turned into. The Pentagon has probably already written the script that they will follow obediently in their 'reports'. All they will have to do is sign their names to it.

  4. I don't understand the surprise here.
    Apartheid in South Africa was unconditinally supported by all parties in D.C for 52 years until 1986 when the congress voted for the first time for sanctions against South Africa. Guess what? Ronald Reagan vetoed the law. At that point there were only two Apartheid states on the planet: South Africa and Israel.

    Since the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa in 1991, there is only one Apartheid state left, i.e Israel and I don't know why their backers in D.C are going to abandon them since there has to be an epicenter of conflicts on at planet at all time for the merchants of weapons to make money and for the oil predators to use the confusion to grab oil wells.

  5. If, every time I passed a neighbor's house, he threatened to flatten me, I would, before I hit him with a brick, ask: "What makes you so p'd off at me?" I would try to remember what might be the cause of his attitude? In the case of Iran, we might recall that, when Mr. Mosadegh was elected Iran's head of state, he planned to nationalize their oil. The forerunner to British Petroleum, then producer of Iran oil, complained to the British government, who convinced the U.S. to use our CIA to stop this move. We gladly helped and assisted in the installation of the terrible Shah, regardless of the desires of the Iranians. I believe that, had this happened to the United States, we would hold some small grudge and would not look upon this interference with our government kindly for some time.
    Are we stupid or just forgetful of this terrible interference with the affairs of another country?

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