Gareth Porter: Mahdi Army, then Iran


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist, discusses the war party's many excuses to justify attacking Iran, how Cheney has been delayed in the attack by Sadr's ability to strike at Americans in Iraq in response, Cheney's successful gambit of trapping Rice and Gates into agreeing that the Mahdi Army must be defeated, how Admiral Fallon lost the fight with General Petraeus and his job because he wanted to bring most troops home by 2009 and how the U.S. military has it's hands full by fighting against the majority of the majority in the Mahdi Army.


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Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S.

national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005).

He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.


Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.