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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
(6 comments) Sunday, May 12, 2019 Bolton Is Spinning Israeli "Intelligence" to Push for War Against Iran
John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against Iran.
Monday, May 6, 2019 Mueller Stoked Trump-Russia Alarmism, Despite Finding No Collusion
The Mueller report doesn't show the Trump campaign collusion the public had been led by media coverage to expect. But it is a siren song for a continued focus on the supposed threat to U.S. democracy from Russian "meddling". It is aimed at maintaining public support for a focus on the threat from Russia, which diverts the attention of the media and Congress from real threats to democracy from Trump's domestic agenda.
(10 comments) Saturday, March 2, 2019 The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
John Bolton has never made a secret of his burning desire to stoke a war between the United States and Iran. But Bolton is not the only one on Donald Trump's national security team who dreams of such a military confrontation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has joined with Bolton in recent months to prepare a case for possible war with Iran.
(2 comments) Wednesday, February 13, 2019 The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan to Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent - Consortiumnews
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and senior FBI officials "viewed Trump as a leader who needed to be reined in, according to two sources describing the sentiment of the time."
That description by anti-Trump law enforcement officials suggests that the proposed counter-intelligence investigation of Trump served as a means to maintain some leverage over his treatment of the FBI in regard to the Russia issue.
(1 comments) Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand?
The war's swift conclusion appears all but inevitable. While Crown Prince Mohammed may be committed to final victory, the Saudi regime remains heavily dependent on U.S. political-diplomatic cover, as it has since the beginning of the bombing campaign in Yemen. Ironically, that political reality could now tip the balance toward peace.
(3 comments) Tuesday, November 27, 2018 U.K. and Ecuador Conspire to Deliver Julian Assange to U.S. Authorities
Behind the revelation of those secret charges for supposedly threatening U.S. national security is a murky story of a political ploy by the Ecuadorian and British governments to create a phony rationale for ousting Assange from the embassy. The two regimes agreed to base their plan on the claim that Assange was conspiring to flee to Russia.
(3 comments) Sunday, November 18, 2018 America's Permanent-War Complex
In the new permanent-war complex the interests of the arms contractors have increasingly dominated over the interests of the civilian Pentagon and the military services and dominance has became a new driving force for continued war.
(31 comments) Saturday, October 6, 2018 Could Trump Take Down the American Empire?
More than any other presidency in modern history, Donald Trump's has been a veritable sociopolitical wrecking ball, deliberately stoking conflict by playing to xenophobic and racist currents in American society and debasing its political discourse. That fact has been widely discussed. But Trump's attacks on the system of the global U.S. military presence and commitments have gotten far less notice.
(3 comments) Saturday, July 14, 2018 The Media's Brazen Dishonesty About North Korean Nuclear Violations
A media complex so determined to discredit negotiations with North Korea and so unfettered by political-diplomatic reality seriously threatens the ability of the United States to deliver on any agreement with Pyongyang. That means alternative media must make more aggressive efforts to challenge the corporate press's coverage.
(4 comments) Friday, June 22, 2018 An Elite Coalition Emerges Against a Trump-Kim Agreement
Media coverage of the Trump-Kim summit has highlighted a political reaction that threatens to torpedo any possible U.S-North Korean agreement on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, says Gareth Porter.
(6 comments) Thursday, May 24, 2018 Bolton Trying to Convince Trump to Topple Iran
John Bolton may have backed off wanting to bomb Iran, saying he's not the one to decide, but he's hardly given up trying to convince Trump to replace the regime in Tehran, as Gareth Porter explains.
(1 comments) Wednesday, May 23, 2018 How Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal
A central question in the coming weeks will be whether the corporate media will succeed once again in creating a political climate that forces the Trump administration to abandon the only kind of deal that can create an off-ramp from nuclear confrontation.
(3 comments) Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence to Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?
Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit offers opportunity for a denuclearization deal that would avoid a possible nuclear war, but that remains vulnerable to a hostile corporate media sector and political elites in the United States. At the center of this hostility is national security adviser John Bolton, who's not just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public. He's working actively to undermine it.
(1 comments) Friday, April 20, 2018 What Ken Burns Left Out of the Vietnam Story
Indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas and "collective punishment" of the civilian population for support for or assistance to combatants are clear violations of the laws of war. But Ward doesn't even focus on the use of U.S. air power in South Vietnam apart from close air support in ground battles, much less acknowledge that the U.S. military bears responsibility for war crimes.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 18, 2018 South Korean Report on Summit Discredits U.S. Elites' Assumption
The pattern of U.S. policy is one side of the still-unknown story of the politics of the North Korean issue. The other side of the story is North Korea's effort to use its nuclear and missile assets as bargaining chips get the United States to strike a deal that would change the U.S. stance of enmity toward North Korea.
(3 comments) Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Israel Plans a New War in Syria -- but Not for the Reasons It Claims
The war that Israel is planning in Syria is at least in part a response to its inability to use force against Hezbollah in Lebanon. And it is not going to alter the fundamental power equation either in Syria or between Israel and Hezbollah.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 4, 2018 How "Operation Merlin" Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran
Operation Merlin is the perfect example of powerful bureaucratic interests running amok and creating the intelligence necessary to justify their operations. The net result is that Jeffrey Sterling was unjustly imprisoned and that the United States has gone down a path of Iran policy that poses serious -- and unnecessary -- threats to American security.