Gareth Porter: Kerry sought to ‘send a message’ to Assad via cruise missile strikes against Syrian government positions but Obama refused proposal. Forcing Assad to Step Down
Gareth Porter: The ‘Plan B’ episode shows another moment of failed US policymaking on the Syrian crisis, revealing a familiar pattern of deep division.
Gareth Porter: President Obama, who once called the idea of “moderate” Syrian rebels a “fantasy,” has maintained the fiction to conceal the fact that many “moderates” are fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s jihadists, an inconvenient truth that is complicating an end to Syria’s civil war. Obama Syria
Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic self-interest trumped US military’s conviction that American security is being endangered by Obama’s policy of regime change.
Gareth Porter: The notion that a political settlement will take place lacks credibility – the realities on the ground in Syria won’t allow it.
Gareth Porter: Obama’s Europeans allies as well as US national security officials have urged the United State to downgrade the official US aim of achieving the departure of Bashar al-Assad from Syria.
Gareth Porter: Certain narratives about episodes and issues in recent history have become so unanimously accepted among political and media elites as to be virtually unchallengeable in media reporting.
Gareth Porter: It is astonishing that at this late date, anyone in the media could still be seriously suggesting that the CIA somehow managed to turn the “moderate” Syrian rebels into a powerful offensive force threatening the Assad regime in the north.
Gareth Porter: Rouhani’s UN message has opened the door on engagement with the US but insists that cooperation on resisting IS is the priority in Syria
Gareth Porter: Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations
Gareth Porter: Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media.
Gareth Porter: Secretary of State John Kerry gave further legitimacy to a long-running official scam over the demand for a confession from Iran last week, even as he argued that getting details of Iran’s alleged past work on nuclear weapons wasn’t necessary for a nuclear agreement.
Gareth Porter: The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against IS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration following the collapse of Iraqi military resistance in Ramadi.