Tuesday 02/12/13 Batchelor Third Hour

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Hour Three

Tuesday  12 Feb 2013 / Hour 3, Block A:  Bill Whalen, Hoover, in re:  SOTU – everyone in the Cabinet present except Stephen Chu.

Tuesday  12 Feb 2013 / Hour 3, Block B:  .Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, and Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, in re:   North Korea's moving toward capacity to bld a miniaturized nuclear weapon to mount on an ICBM and hit the US; China's and Iran's total enmeshment in this project.   Chinese leaders are being undermined by the somewhat-improving prosperity of the leaders; North Korean leaders emphatically do not want to follow suit.

North Korea is on track to  help the Iranians build a nuke for ICBM.

Iran: They have the technology; once they arm their missiles, it'll be a whole ne ball game. Collaboration under way for a long time to miniaturize the bomb for use on ICBM.  Iran's top hoods were bragging yesterday about how DPRK had [flummoxed] the US.

Persian New Year: usually around 20 March; people visit for two weeks and give gifts; on the thirteenth day, people leave town and pray for a better year to come.

China thinks it can get concessions from Washington in exchange for pretending to rein in North Korea; the cost may be a demand that the US sand down while China aggresses against Japan.

Tuesday  12 Feb 2013 / Hour 3, Block C:     Bret Stephens, WSJ editorial board, in re:  Obama's Nuclear Fantasy

Tuesday  12 Feb 2013 / Hour 3, Block D:   Alan Ohnsman, Bloomberg News, in re: Tesla vs NYT