Stories by Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy. His latest book is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Just World Books, 2014).  subscribe to Gareth Porter's feed

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama's rationale for escalation in Afghanistan is based on a notion that he recently rejected: the supposedly indissoluble link between the Taliban insurgency and al Qaeda.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source: IPS News

In a 63-page paper reflecting conversations with others who have served in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis argues that it's too late for the U.S. to defeat the insurgency.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama team's charge that construction on Iran's second uranium-enrichment facility is part of a covert decision to violate its nuclear treaty obligations is questioned.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2009, Source: IPS News

General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani may be providing assistance to Taliban insurgents, yet the U.S. government continues to fund the Pakistan military.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009, Source: IPS News

The police in Helmand province, who are linked to the local warlord, have committed horrific abuses against pre-teen boys.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009, Source: IPS News

The five Iranian detainees were grabbed in a 2007 raid on vague claims by the U.S. military that they were part of a "clandestine network."

Posted on: Jun 15, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan have been paying locals to target terrorist strongholds. But is it working?

Posted on: Apr 18, 2009, Source: IPS News

U.S. air strikes have been touted as eliminating top al Qaeda leaders, but they are actually weakening Pakistan’s defense against the insurgency.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: IPS News

Strategists argue that escalating U.S. airstrikes and raids in Pakistan could actually strengthen radical jihadi groups.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: IPS News

"They will be called advisory and assistance brigades," says Defense Secretary Gates. "They won't be called combat brigades."

Posted on: Mar 9, 2009, Source: IPS News

The notion that U.S. military presence has definitively shaped the region has been thoroughly discredited.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama refused to send the full 30,000 troops requested by his generals because they had no plan for how to use them.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: IPS News

David Petraeus and Ray Odierno say Obama's 16-month withdrawal plan is too risky. But a senior commander in Iraq disagrees.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2009, Source: IPS News

A network of senior military officers appears to be engaged in an effort to mobilize public opinion against Obama's decision to leave Iraq.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2008, Source: IPS News

Both Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and whoever is chosen as his opponent are expected to try to pin responsibility for Western sanctions on each other.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2008, Source: IPS News

Mere weeks after 9/11, the Bush administration was too busy planning to invade Iraq to follow through on its mission in Afghanistan.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2008, Source: IPS News

Signs that the Iraqi PM's stance on U.S. withdrawal is hardening is undermining Bush's plan for indefinite occupation.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: IPS News

Now is not the first time the Iraqi Prime Minister sought a timetable for U.S. withdrawal.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2008, Source: IPS News

New Iraqi resistance to U.S. demands reflects Iran's influence as well as Sadr's belief that he could succeed in driving U.S. forces out.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2008, Source: IPS News

American promises made to the Iraqi government on the question of military bases have been revealed as carefully-worded ruses.