Gareth Porter: The idea promoted by the NYT’s Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely.
Gareth Porter: A review of the evidence points to Israeli and MEK disinformation, not an open-and-shut case.
Gareth Porter: Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he leaked intelligence to a Washington think tank sympathetic to his views in order to generate media questioning about the president’s announced plan to reach an agreement with North Korea’s leader.
Gareth Porter: Had Ho Chi Minh’s government taken over a unified Vietnam, there would have been no Vietnam War. Ho’s socialist government would have been open to economic relations with the United States.
Gareth Porter: The CIA’s “Operation Merlin,” which involved providing Iran with a flawed design for a nuclear weapon and resulted in an alleged whistleblower going to prison, was the perfect example of creating intelligence in order to justify operations.
Gareth Porter: It was not the US, but North Korea that proposed an agreement in 1998 that would end its development of new missiles as part of a broader peace agreement with Washington.
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.