IPS News journalist Gareth Porter discusses his article “IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity;” the typical misleading news headlines on Iran’s uranium enrichment program; how sanctions – designed to kill and injure civilians – are both immoral and ineffective at producing regime change; and the Obama administration’s stubborn refusal to change its outdated negotiating position on Iran.
IPS News journalist Gareth Porter discusses the US government’s coverup of civilians killed by drone strikes in Pakistan; the drone war’s false billing as a precise and effective tactic against terrorism; why the Obama administration won’t admit the Afghan war has spread to Pakistan; the Bush administration’s comparative restraint in Afghanistan; and David Petraeus’s tenure at the CIA.
Journalist Gareth Porter discusses why Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are bluffing when they threaten a unilateral attack on Iran; how the Bush administration’s hawkish Iran policy advanced – rather than hindered – Iran’s nuclear program; why Netanyahu doesn’t have enough leverage to get President Obama to start a war; and why high-level US policymakers are almost always “bad people with terrible ideas.”
Gareth Porter discusses Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to pin the Burgas bombing on Hezbollah (to get them on the EU’s terrorist group list); why al Qaeda is more likely to conduct suicide bombings against Jewish targets abroad than Hezbollah; and how Syria’s dissolution could put a chemical weapons stockpile in the hands of dangerous people.
Gareth Porter discusses the false accusations that Iran was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center (and therefore must be responsible for the Bulgaria bus bombing 18 years later); and why the 1994 bombing was most likely committed by anti-Semitic Argentinian police.
Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses why the Obama administration is leaking their diplomatic strategy to the media prior to commencing Iran talks; how Obama’s hard-line on Iran sanctions allows him to claim that Israel’s demands are his demands; the IAEA’s real job: make Iran look uncooperative and suspicious; why the alleged “clean-up” at Iran’s Parchin site is as unbelievable as Iraq’s mobile germ warfare labs in 2003; and how election-year politics queered an Iran deal and hindered Obama’s ability to negotiate (but isn’t it always an election year, or something?)
Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “US Rejected 2005 Iranian Offer Ensuring No Nuclear Weapons;” the Bush administration’s hardline stance against even a single Iranian centrifuge; how the MEK “laundered” Israeli intelligence on the Natanz facility, providing enough disinformation for years of anti-Iran propaganda; and Iran’s offer to have all its low-enriched uranium converted into fuel-rods, which cannot be used to make nuclear weapons.
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.
Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “Was Afghan Massacre Linked to IED Attack;” the confusing events and timeline during Sgt. Robert Bales’s alleged massacre; the Special Forces assassination raid that took place in the same village, on the same night, as the massacre; and how the US military uses collective punishment (a war crime) on civilians suspected of aiding the insurgency.
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.
Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “The Truth Behind the Official Story of Finding Bin Laden;” Pakistani Brig. Gen. (retired) Shaukat Qadir’s new book Operation Geronimo: the Betrayal and Execution of Osama bin Laden and its Aftermath; how bin Laden was ousted from Al Qaeda’s leadership and tricked into exile in Abbottabad, Pakistan; debunking the two big lies – that Pakistan’s ISI was hiding bin Laden, and that intelligence gathered from torture helped locate him; and Al Qaeda’s success (as revealed in Syed Saleem Shahzad’s book) in recruiting/radicalizing Pashtun tribes in northwestern Pakistan.
Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, discusses his article “US-Afghan Pact Won’t End War or Night Raids;” President Obama’s stealthy press conference/campaign event in Afghanistan, where he pretended that the war is coming to an end; why an Iraq-model transition to self-governance won’t work in Afghanistan; the Afghan Army’s high turnover rate and general lack of purpose; why the decade-long continuing US occupation can best be described as “Operation: enduring hatred;” the “budget Armageddon” soon coming to the Pentagon, no matter who wins the 2012 election; and why the “Iran is an existential threat to Israel” line isn’t working anymore.
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.
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.