7/18/20 Gareth Porter on the Prospects of War with Iran

7/18/20 Gareth Porter on the Prospects of War with Iran

Scott talks to Gareth Porter about the idea of a war with Iran. Certain hawkish figures in the U.S. government have been slowly and steadily pushing for such a war for a long time, and have gained even more prominence during the Trump presidency, as he has shown unprecedented support for the Israeli government. Israel’s prominence in the Middle East, says Porter, is of course what the tensions with Iran have always been about; Iran is in no way a threat to the actual interests and safety of Americans—but it is a threat to America and Israel’s aspirations of dominating the Middle East.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says” (The New York Times)
  • “Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program” (The New York Times)
  • “Pompeo and Netanyahu paved a path to war with Iran, and they’re pushing Trump again” (The Grayzone)
  • “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes” (Foreign Policy)
  • “NATO officials were briefed on Russian bounties on US soldiers” (Business Insider)
  • “Israel hoping for Iran confrontation before November election: sources” (Business Insider)

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state, and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

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About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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