Fortress On A Hill: Interview With Gareth Porter

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Gareth Porter has long been one of my favorite foreign policy writers and investigative journalists.

Do check out his recent columns at the GrayZone!

He stopped by the podcast to discuss his long standing work on the Vietnam war, his thoughts on COVID-19 via the USS Theodore Roosevelt along with his previous work on the 1919 flu epidemic, the terrifying connections between Mike Pompeo and Bibi Netanyahu, and Israel’s secret long standing nuclear stockpile.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy for decades, really, and was the recipient of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for his coverage of the U.S. War in Afghanistan.  He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Cornell, where he earned a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies.  Much of his early work – as scholar and activist – surrounded the American War in Vietnam.  He was, in fact, a chairman of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars at Cornell and then a Saigon Bureau Chief in country.  Especially since 2005, he’s regularly reported on political, diplomatic and military developments in the Middle East for a variety of mainstream and alternative publications.

His previous books include Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, and Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (2014), among many others.  His most recent is The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis co-authored with John Kiriakou.  Currently, he has a column at the GrayZone.

  • 0040

    Why not compare the Covid fraud with the flu epidemic of 1968-69 in America when 100000 Americans died as a result , but no one seemed to notice?

  • kevinzeese

    There have been many flu epidemics in our history. Some have spread more easily, others kill people at a higher percentage than the COVID virus. We can learn from each of them but they are all different and we can learn from each of them. Regarding the 1968-69 epidemic here is a short description, and you can see why it is very different from COVID. Below is a link to flu epidemics.

    Flu Epidemics: 1968-69
    This is another flu epidemic that can trace its origins to the Far East. It started in Hong Kong in early 1968. The first cases weren’t detected in the United States until September. In terms of victims, this flu epidemic was mild. Researchers believe deaths may have been limited because the Hong Kong flu virus was similar to the virus that caused the 1957 pandemic. That meant that some people had immunity to it, Hughes said. Still, about 34,000 Americans alone died between September 1968 and March 1969.

    https://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/the-biggest-flu-epidemics-in-history.aspx

  • 0040

    In my memory it ran through 1969 as well and as many as 100000 died in America alone, more than the 60000 that died in Vietnam during our 10 year adventure there. In that era as many as 50000/year were being killed in car accidents , we were told at the time.

  • potshot

    Danny asks Gareth to push one of his “better” articles at Greyzone for publication. Which one? That’s like choosing your favorite Grateful Dead song. Or favorite book. How you going to eliminate all the others?