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.
Military muscle, in the shape of US General Martin Dempsey, has given the White House more traction to distance itself from Israel’s warlike stance on Iran. The warning that the US won’t back a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, and a Republican refusal to place Iran near the center of its election strategy, is compelling Israel to rethink its campaign of belligerence. Authors Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe expound their views on the issue; however, it remains to be seen whether Israel’s apparent backtracking is solely US driven or may also be a consequence of the winds of change blowing in the region.
Official government documents reveal a new side of defense secretary’s legacy. Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1967, took many secrets with him when he died on Monday, July 6, at 93. But probably no secret was more sensitive politically than the one that would have changed fundamentally the public perception of his role in Vietnam policy had it been become widely known.