Friday 02/01/13 - Batchelor First Hour

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Hour One

Friday  1 Feb 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Henry Miller, Hoover Institution, in re: Lisa Jackson leaves EPA what next for the job killers of EPA? See column, "Lisa Jackson: The Worst Head of the Worst Regulatory Agency, Ever." "...A senior presidential appointee who epitomizes all of those flaws is EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who has a cynical, hyper-regulatory, damn-the-science philosophy that resembles the Europeans’ innovation-busting “precautionary principle,” the view that until a product or activity has been definitively proven safe, it should be banned or at least smothered with regulation. Jackson – who has just announced her resignation — seems unaware that regulation has costs, direct and indirect; that regulators should strive to limit the intrusiveness of oversight to the level that is necessary and sufficient; and that her agency has myriad deficiencies in both policies and personnel."

Friday  1 Feb 2013 / Hour 1, Block B:  Ken Anderson, Hoover Institution, in re:  The Briefing: Denial of Territory to Terrorist Groups in US Counterterrorism Strategy Advancing a Free Society

"Over the last four years, nearly all the attention of commentators—supportive and critical alike—regarding US counter-terrorism operations abroad has been focused on drone strikes. While drone warfare issues are important, it is a mistake for the public debate over US counter-terrorism operations abroad to be so narrowly confined to targeted killing without considering the broader objective of denying terrorists territory.

"Increasingly, the US government’s counter-terrorism strategy has embraced the view that although targeted killing of identified terrorist leaders is highly successful and essential, long-term strategy must also ensure that terrorist groups neither gain control of territory nor maintain territorial safe havens in which to regroup, train, rebuild, and finally launch attacks abroad.  Counter-terrorism thus has a territorial element separate from targeted killing.

"Territorial denial takes two distinct forms.  One form targets terrorists who establish safe haven in some ungoverned or lightly governed part of a weak state, or who are allowed such by a sympathetic state.  The terrorist group is able to inhabit territory as a matter of “physical” geography—it gets a place to hide—but it does not politically govern the territory or its population. The other form of territorial denial focuses on terrorists attempting to establish governing control of the areas they inhabit...."

Friday  1 Feb 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: . Michael Rubin, AEI, in re: Deciphering Iranian decision-making and strategy today. Iran's dictatorship is a nontraditional one in which the supreme leader often wields veto power rather than issuing direct orders. In recent years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has grown stronger and has upset the traditional balance by which Iran's clerical class maintains control. Export of revolution remains a central tenet of the Islamic Republic. Recent political debates affirm the regime's view that Iran should export its ideology violently and not only through soft power.

Friday  1 Feb 2013 / Hour 1, Block D:  Edmund Lee, Bloomberg, in re: ads at the Superbowl.  "Super Bowl Sponsors Justify Record Rates with Online Hits."  The Feb. 3 pro football championship, which draws more than 111 million US viewers, offers marketers such as Coca-Cola Co. (KO) and PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)’s Doritos a rare chance to make big leaps online, whether it’s increasing Twitter followers or Facebook fans. Super Bowl advertisers bank on an extended online audience to justify and add value to their costly TV buys, said Rob Norman, chief digital officer of GroupM, the media buying unit of WPP Plc, (WPP) the world’s largest ad company.