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Gareth Porter on the “smoking laptop”

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aw-radio-logo2Today on Antiwar Radio, Dr. Gareth Porter will be discussing the so-called “smoking laptop” at 1:15pm est.

Dr. Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy. He is also 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 also writes for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

The show is streamed live from the Antiwar Radio page at Antiwar.com,

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Written by mudshark

November 11, 2008 at 10:30 am

Iraq Bases Pact a Ruse

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from IPS: 6/12/08

Two key pledges made by the George W. Bush administration on military bases in its negotiations with the government of Iraq have now been revealed as carefully-worded ruses aimed at concealing U.S. negotiating aims from both U.S. citizens and Iraqis who would object to them if they were made clear.

Recent statements by Iraqis familiar with U.S. demands in negotiations on the U.S.-Iraq “strategic framework” agreement have highlighted the fact that administration promises that it would not seek “permanent bases” or the use of bases to attack Iran or any other neighbouring countries were deliberately misleading. The wording used by the Bush administration appears to have been chosen to obscure its intention to have both long-term access to Iraqi bases and complete freedom to use them to launch operations against Iran and Syria.

Written by mudshark

June 13, 2008 at 1:29 am