Gareth Porter: Tulsi Gabbard’s “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” challenges for the first time in Congress a U.S. policy toward the conflict in the Syrian civil war that should have set off alarm bells long ago.
Gareth Porter: Major U.S. media outlets insinuate that President Trump’s advisers are traitors for secretly talking to Russians, but they ignore the history of Henry Kissinger doing the same thing for Richard Nixon.
If Trump approves expected proposals for the three countries, the US ground combat role in the region will be extended for years to come
Gareth Porter: For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’.
Gareth Porter: The new coalition of think tanks began meeting last summer when the politics in Washington seemed favorable toward a political campaign for decisive US intervention in Syria.
Gareth Porter: The mainstream hysteria over Russia has led to dubious or downright false stories that have deepened the New Cold War, regarding last month’s bogus tale of a hack into the U.S. electric grid.
Gareth Porter: Obama’s advisers assumed that neither Iran nor Russia would do more than offer token assistance to keep Assad in power, so there was no risk of an endless, bloody sectarian war.
Gareth Porter: Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for Secretary of State
Gareth Porter: Focusing on domestic issues, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech sidestepped the deep concerns anti-war Democrats have about her hawkish foreign policy, which is already taking shape in the shadows, reports Gareth Porter.
Gareth Porter: With the Iran nuclear agreement, President Obama opened lines of communications to Iran, but political pressures in Washington prevent a more substantive shift in relations. us-iran ties
Gareth Porter: The administration’s vacillation on the issue reflects the reality that the US-supported armed opposition has no intention to withdraw from its close military collaboration with Nusra Front.
Gareth Porter: The Saudi regime certainly played a role in the trail of events that led to 9/11, but there is no need to wait for the declassification of the 28 pages to understand that trail.
Gareth Porter: President Obama, with his characteristic diffidence, has announced his “liberation” from the Washington foreign-policy “playbook,” but the national security elite is already striking back. Obama Foreign Policy Break