Gareth Porter: US must acknowledge that Iran has a broad
influence that no US policy can alter
The national intelligence estimate of all American intelligence agencies have declared there is no evidence that Iran has or wants to build a nuclear bomb. The IAEA has stated that there is no way Iran can build weaponized uranium without breaking the non-proliferation agreement. Therefore, there is no imminent threat from a nuclear stand point in Iran.
President-elect Barack Obama appeared on Meet the Press saying "Their funding of terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah, their threats against Israel are contrary to everything that we believe in and what the international community should except." This may provide some insight to a real reason for the American-Iranian issues. The unintentional outcome of the invasion of Iraq has been the strengthening of Iran and closer ties between Iran and Iraq.
Gareth Porter, a historian and investigative journalist "There is no doubt that the nuclear issue is embedded in a much broader set of issues that do have to do with Iran as a regional power and whether the United States is going to accept that, whether the United States is going to continue to try and contain Iran in terms of its power in the region, to try to continue to be the dominant power, to have a clear hierarchy between the United States and Iran, in the region or not."
Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.Watch the full story and parts 1/3 and 2/3 on The Real News Network.
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