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