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Gareth Porter (born 18 June 1942, Independence, Kansas) is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. A strong opponent of U.S. wars in Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, he has also written on the potential for diplomatic compromise to end or avoid wars in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Iraq and Iran. He is the author of a history of the origins of the Vietnam War, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.
Porter has written regular news reports and news analyses on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005. He was the first journalist to provide a detailed account of the alleged secret Iranian diplomatic proposal to the United States in 2003, and has published an in-depth analysis of an exit strategy for Iraq
Saturday, April 12, 2014 The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program That Wasn't (2 comments)
The Obama administration's brazen suggestion that it was indicting an individual for exporting U.S. products to a company that has been involved in Iran's "nuclear weapons program" is simply a new version of the same linguistic trick used by the Bush administration.
Monday, March 31, 2014 A Poison Pill for Iran Nuke Talks (3 comments)
Israel and its hardline U.S. backers have tried to manipulate the UN’s IAEA to ensure failure of negotiations aimed at constraining but not eliminating Iran’s nuclear program. The new ploy is to sink the talks with a demand for an Iranian “confession,” as Gareth Porter wrote for Inter Press Service.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 Resolving Nuclear Arms Claims Hinges on Iran’s Demand for Documents (2 comments)
The record of negotiations between Iran and the IAEA shows Tehran has been ready for the past two years to provide detailed responses to all the charges of an Iranian nuclear weapons work, and that the problem has been the refusal of the IAEA to share with Iran the documentary evidence on which those allegations have been based.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 U.S. Adopts Israeli Demand to Bring Iran’s Missiles into Nuclear Talks (6 comments)
The Barack Obama administration's insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile program in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 How Misread Cables Fed Iran Hysteria (2 comments)
Official Washington saw how bad intelligence led to the disastrous Iraq War, but U.S. analysts and “experts” like David Albright charged down the same path on Iran’s alleged nuclear program. Again, key ”evidence” collapsed under scrutiny, Gareth Porter wrote for Inter Press Service.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 U.S. "Dismantling" Rhetoric Ignores Iran's Nuclear Proposals (2 comments)
The Obama administration evidently views the rhetorical demand for "dismantling" as a minimum necessary response to Israel's position that the Iranian nuclear program should be shut down. But such rhetoric represents a serious provocation to a Tehran government facing accusations of surrender by its own domestic critics.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Gates Conceals Real Story of "Gaming" Obama on Afghan War (12 comments)
The leaking to the news media of a politically damaging version of internal debate between the White House and the coalition pushing for a major escalation was nothing less than a shot across the bow from Obama's principal national security officials, including Petraeus, Mullen, Gates and Clinton. They were signaling to the president that he would incur a significant political cost if he rejected the McChrystal request.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Neocons Twist Iran's Anti-Nuke Fatwa (1 comments)
Washington Post "fact checker" Glenn Kessler is infamous for palming off his political bias as a dispassionate look at the evidence, a trick that he tried again by promoting a neocon distortion of Iran's religious renunciation of nuclear weapons, as Gareth Porter explains.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at "Last Moment"
The Obama administration will face a decision whether to press Iran to go along with those changes or to go back to the original compromise when political directors of the six powers and Iran reconvene Nov. 20. That choice will provide the key indicator of how strongly committed Obama is to reaching an agreement with Iran.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan's Strategy (1 comments)
Even though Obama was determined to phase out the drone war in Pakistan and apparently sympathized with the need for the Pakistani government to end it within a matter of months, he was unwilling to reject the CIA's demand for a strike that once again involved the agency's parochial interests.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Geopolitics of the Drone
The U.S. drone program has decimated the leadership of al-Qaeda and other Islamic militant groups, but it also has alienated people and governments in countries on the front lines by killing civilians and disrupting political alliances, a complexity often missed by the U.S. media, as Gareth Porter reported for Inter Press Service.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 Israeli Claim of Iranian ICBM Exploits Biased U.S. Intel
Iran had a good strategic reason for its disinterest in an ICBM, according to a team of U.S. and Russian specialists in May 2009. Iran would have to use rocket motor clusters,and longer-range missiles based on that technology would have to be launched from above ground. It would take days to prepare for launch and hours to fuel -- all of which would be clearly visible to spy satellites, according to the team.
Monday, September 9, 2013 CORRECTED REPEAT -- Obama's Case for Syria Didn't Reflect Intel Consensus
Despite strong opposition in Congress to the proposed military strike in Syria, no one in either chamber has yet challenged the administration's characterization of the intelligence. But the administration is vulnerable to the charge that it has put out an intelligence document that does not fully and accurately reflect the views of intelligence analysts.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Attack Syria First, Get Facts Later (5 comments)
Secretary of State Kerry's move to shut down or preempt a UN probe of alleged chemical weapons attacks inside Syria suggests that the U.S. doesn't want facts to undermine its case for launching a retaliatory strike, an attitude reminiscent of George W. Bush's behavior on Iraq.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Pinning Argentine Bombing on Iran (1 comments)
"Defectors" are among the most unreliable intelligence sources since they have an obvious motive for discrediting their former governments, but still have been allowed outsized roles in whipping up hysteria against Iraq in 2003 and now against Iran.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 Fresh Doubts on Iran's Nuke Program
Though Israeli leaders and U.S. neocons still beat the drum for war on Iran, new evidence suggests top Iranian officials did not sanction nuclear weapons research a decade ago but rather the work originated from scientists who resisted the will of political leaders to shut it down.
Monday, March 11, 2013 Hagel Struggles to Calm Afghan Dispute
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Afghanistan seeking to reduce tensions between the Afghan government and U.S. Special Forces who face allegations of supporting armed men accused of abusing civilians.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Challenging the Neocons on Iran
Despite the Iraq debacle, neocons remain in the driver's seat setting official U.S. attitudes toward Iran, mixing worst-case assumptions with unrelenting hostility. But national security experts Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett have stood up to this neocon-driven conventional wisdom.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Bulgaria's Hezbollah "Hypothesis" And The EU Terror List
The US and Israel continue a pattern of ignoring the actual evidence in high-profile terrorism cases in order to advance their political interests in relation to Iran and Hezbollah. That pattern was established nearly two decades ago with the US-Israeli pressure on Argentina to finger Iran in the 1994 AMIA bombing despite the absence of any evidence for such an accusation.
Monday, February 18, 2013 Hezbollah Link to Bombing Doubted
In assessing murky terrorism cases in the Middle East, one must take into account the political pressures on investigators and journalists to push the conclusion in a favored direction. That truism has surfaced again in a bombing at the Bulgarian resort of Burgas.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing "Hypothesis"
European ministers who demand hard evidence of Hezbollah involvement are not likely to find it in the Bulgarian report on the investigation, which has produced no more than an "assumption" or "hypothesis" of Hezbollah complicity.
Major revelations about the investigation by the former head of the probe and by a top Bulgarian journalist have further damaged the credibility of the Bulgarian claim to have found links...
Thursday, December 13, 2012 Iranian Bomb Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet (2 comments)
The IAEA's familiarity with the Seifritz graph, two years before it was given graphs that bore a close resemblance to it and which the agency knew contained a huge mathematical error, raise new questions about how the IAEA could have regarded the Israeli intelligence as credible evidence of Iranian work on nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Hyping Iran's Nuke Capabilities (4 comments)
As Iran and the Obama administration maneuver toward a deal on Iran's nuclear program, the Western news media continues to stoke the crisis by hyping Iran's capabilities, including misreporting the significance of a new report on Iran's supply of 20-percent enriched uranium, Gareth Porter writes at Inter Press Service.
Friday, November 16, 2012 How Mistress Helped Petraeus (5 comments)
A back story to the sex scandal that ended David Petraeus's 14 months as director of the CIA is that his mistress, Paula Broadwell, was an apologist for abusive actions by the U.S. command in Afghanistan. She defended the leveling of an Afghan village deemed uncooperative, Gareth Porter says at Inter Press Service.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Did Netanyahu Seek War with Iran? (2 comments)
The Israeli news media is reporting that in 2010 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's military onto high alert for an attack on Iran's nuclear program but was blocked by his military and intelligence chiefs. But the question remains how close to war Israel actually got, writes Gareth Porter for Inter Press Service.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Pentagon Nixed 1998 U.S. Nuclear Scientists' Probe of Iranian Program
In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear program at the invitation of the government of newly-elected Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. The veto eliminated the Khatami government's most promising initiative to promote a thaw in U.S.-Iran relations by weakening a key U.S. argument for viewing Iran as a threat.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Iran And West Inch Toward Nuke Deal
The outline for a resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute is coming into focus, perhaps only waiting for the U.S. presidential election to be decided. But suspicions between Iran and the West continue to beset the slow progress toward a resolution, as Gareth Porter noted for Inter Press Service.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 How Petraeus's Afghan "Surge" Failed (1 comments)
In 2009, Gen. David Petraeus insisted on a troop "surge" in Afghanistan like the one he had overseen in Iraq. Yet, despite the positive PR for Petraeus and his "surges," little was accomplished beyond putting more U.S. GIs within range of devastating IEDs.
Friday, October 5, 2012 How Netanyahu's bomb Iran ploy failed (8 comments)
The evidence now available indicates that the Netanyahu campaign about a unilateral strike on Iran was from the beginning a bluff aimed at pressuring President Barack Obama to adopt both "crippling sanctions" against Iran's oil export sector and an explicit threat of war if Iran did not end its nuclear program.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Iran Reaffirms Offer on Nukes (1 comments)
In his swan song to the UN General Assembly, Iran's term-limited President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is stirring up the usual media outrage with remarks on gays, freedom of speech and Israel. But the West still ignores a substantive Iranian proposal on uranium enrichment, writes Gareth Porter at Inter Press Service.
Monday, September 24, 2012 Iranian Diplomat Says Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20-Percent Enrichment (2 comments)
Iran's position in the two rounds of negotiations with the P5+1 -- China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States and Germany -- earlier this year was reported to have been that a significant easing of sanctions must be part of the bargain.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity (1 comments)
Media reports of a doubling of the number of centrifuges at the underground facility at Fordow were also misleading. When the information is examined more carefully, it actually provides further evidence that Iran is not striving to amass the higher level uranium needed for a breakout capability but is maneuvering to prepare for a later negotiated settlement.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Gaps in India's "Iran" bomb case
The questionable character of the police case that the four Iranians conspired on the Delhi bombing does not rule out the possibility that it was an Iranian government operation, but it does indicate that SC investigators could not find convincing evidence of such an Iranian role.
Friday, August 17, 2012 Israel's Power Play on Obama
Israel's latest saber-rattling over Iran's nuclear program may be a pre-election strategy to coerce President Obama into a firm commitment that, if he's re-elected and if Iran doesn't destroy its own nuclear "capability," he will authorize a U.S. military strike next year.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Israel Pins Bombing on Hezbollah to Get EU Terror Ruling
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim Sunday of absolutely reliable intelligence linking Hezbollah to the bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria last week was apparently aimed at supporting his government's determination to get the EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 New Israeli Leader Balks on Iran (1 comments)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has kept President Obama behind a hard-line strategy on Iran's nuclear program via lobbying pressure from Congress and Washington's neocons. But a new member of the Israeli government is complicating matters, writes Gareth Porter for Inter Press Service.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 New Israeli Deputy PM Undercuts Strategy of Pressure on Obama
By staking out a policy line on Iran reflecting the views of the Israeli national security leadership, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has undercut the Benjamin Netanyahu government's carefully planned strategy to get U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten war against Iran if it doesn't give up its nuclear program.
Monday, June 11, 2012 Iran Boosts Interest in Suspect Site
The U.S. press is playing up claims that Iran is "sanitizing" evidence of nuclear experiments at a military site, but experts say Iran knows nuclear residue can't be erased, suggesting the Iranians may be engaged in a negotiating ploy to boost the trade-off value of the site.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Bush Blocked Iran Nuke Deal
A former top Iranian negotiator says Iran offered the West a deal in 2005 that would have eliminated the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear bomb, but the plan was blocked by hardliners in George W. Bush's administration who rejected any right of Iran to process uranium.
Monday, May 14, 2012 Adding Hurdles for Iran to Clear
The current head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who was essentially installed by Western powers, is adding new hurdles for Iran to clear before an agreement can be reached on its nuclear program.
Friday, May 11, 2012 Bin Laden Files Dispel Iran-Qaeda Link (2 comments)
To build support for "regime change" in Iran, neocon operatives and U.S. officials have tried to link al-Qaeda to Iran by exaggerating intelligence and ignoring evidence of mutual hostility, including new data in Osama bin Laden's captured files.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 The Secret in the US-Afghan Deal
The secret of President Obama's strategic agreement with Afghan President Karzai is that U.S. Special Forces will continue raids to kill Taliban leaders who won't make peace -- even as the new accord is sold to the American public as an end game to the long war.
Sunday, April 29, 2012 Understanding Iran's diplomatic strategy
The history of Iranian efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement supports Mousavian's warning. It is time for the United States to shed its shallow propagandistic view of Iranian strategy, and accept the necessity for real bargaining with Iran on fundamental issues.
Friday, April 20, 2012 Report on Iran's Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History
Obama administration officials have decided to cite the fatwa as an Iranian claim to be tested in negotiations, posing a new challenge to the news media to report accurately on the background to the issue. But the Apr. 13 New York Times article by James Risen rehashed old arguments by Iran's adversaries and even added some new ones.
Friday, April 13, 2012 Iran Talks Hinge on Israeli Demand
As international talks begin over Iran's nuclear program, President Obama has put forward an Israeli demand for the dismantling of a well-protected uranium processing plant, but it's less clear whether Obama will press the point if it means killing hopes for a peaceful settlement.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Is Bibi Bluffing on Iran?
The widespread impression among the Israeli national security elite and press corps that Netanyahu's threat of war against Iran is a bluff does not guarantee that Netanyahu will not attack Iran. But it does help explain why there has not been a much bigger outcry against a war option that is widely regarded as irrational for Israel.
Friday, March 30, 2012 What Iran Can Do to Strike Back (2 comments)
Israel's threats to bomb Iran have hinged on how much damage Israeli aircraft can inflict on Iran's nuclear facilities, but another worry is how much destruction Iranian missiles can inflict on Israel, a danger that Israeli officials are downplaying.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Details of Talks with IAEA Belie Charge Iran Refused Cooperation
The detailed account given by Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, shows that the talks in February came close to a final agreement, but were hung up primarily over the IAEA insistence on being able to reopen issues even after Iran had answered questions about them to the organization's satisfaction.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Alleged Photos of "Clean-up" at Iran's Parchin Site Lack Credibility
The story about satellite photographs suggesting efforts by Iran to "sanitize" a military site is suspect, in part because it is based on evidence that could only be ambiguous, at best. The claim does not reflect U.S. intelligence, and a prominent think tank that has published satellite photography related to past controversies surrounding Iran's nuclear program has not found any photographs supporting it.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 US Media Hypes Iran Inspection Flap
Major U.S. news outlets spin any event regarding Iran's nuclear program in the most negative way, now hyping a dispute about conditions for visiting a military site as supposed proof that Iran has something to hide. But the media is missing key nuances.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 Tempest over an Iran Military Site
Iran's refusal to grant U.N. inspectors access to the Parchin military facility is churning up new suspicions about a concealed nuclear weapons program, but the impasse can be explained as the frustration by Iran over how previous inspections of the site have been treated.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 "Night Raids' Stall Afghan War Talks (1 comments)
The Obama administration's hopes for a negotiated end to the Afghan War are hung up on a dispute with the Karzai government over the future use of night raids by U.S. Special Forces, a tactic very unpopular with Afghans.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Can Obama avert war with Iran? (4 comments)
There is still time for Obama to repair the damage and to return to the policy he had begun developing in December. But unless Obama warns Netanyahu publicly that an attack against US wishes would indeed mean he is on his own, the chances of deterring him and avoiding war with Iran will be sharply reduced.
Monday, February 6, 2012 A Dangerous Game on Iran
The Obama administration is engaged in complex diplomacy over Israel's possible attack on Iran, trying simultaneously to restrain Israel and use its military threat to pressure Iran on its nuclear program. But some maneuvers may work at cross purposes.
Friday, February 3, 2012 Obama to Israel: No US War on Iran (8 comments)
President Obama is caught in a dilemma, how to dissuade Israel from going to war with Iran without alienating pro-Israeli voters in November. So, the Obama administration has told Israel that the U.S. won't support an attack on Iran but has done so quietly.
Thursday, January 26, 2012 US probe hardens Pakistani suspicions (1 comments)
Air Force Brigadier General Steven Clark recalled in his press briefing on the report on December 22 that the Pakistani liaison officer had been asked where the border posts were located, and had not given the coordinates, but had responded, "Well, you know where it is because you're shooting at them."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 In Signal to Israel, US Delays War Games
The idea that the Israelis wanted the postponement appears to be a cover story to mask the political blow it represents to the Netanyahu government and to shield Obama from Republican charges that he is not sufficiently supportive of Israel.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack (2 comments)
Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the Republican Party and the U.S. Congress on matters related to Israel in order to maximize the likelihood that the United States would participate in an attack on Iran.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 How Iraq Maneuvered the US Exit (3 comments)
The neocons' treasured Iraq War myth of their "successful surge" is belied by the actual history of how Iraqi Shiite leaders collaborated with Iran to tamp down internal violence and then destroy neocon plans for long-term U.S. military bases to project power in the Middle East.
Sunday, November 20, 2011 Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion.