Investigative journalist Gareth Porter returns to the Scott Horton Show to discuss his latest article “How Cheney and his allies created the North Korea nuclear missile crisis.” Porter explains how the North Koreans have historically used their nuclear program as a negotiation tool with the United States and how Dick Cheney and his allies in the Bush administrations sabotaged deals that would have reduced tension and also stalled development of North Korea’s nuclear program. Porter then goes into greater detail of the dynamics and tensions within the Bush administration onNorth Korea policy and how each U.S. administration has underestimated the staying power of the regime in Pyongyang. Scott then goes through the list of American provocations against North Korea leading them to leave the NPT. Finally, Porter compares Trump’s approach to North Korea with the previous administrations’ and gauges the likelihood of war.
Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.
Discussed on the show:
- “Norman Solomon: War Made Easy” (YouTube)
- Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy by Andrew Cockburn
- “Rummy’s North Korea Connection: What did Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB’s deal to build nuclear reactors there? And why won’t he talk about it?” (Fortune Magazine)
- “Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike,” by Gareth Porter (Consortium News)
- “War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic,’ Defense Secretary Mattis says” (CBS News)
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