Thursday 03/07/13 Batchelor Third Hour

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Hour Three

Thursday  7 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block A:  Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re:

Thursday  7 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block B:  . Alan Mendoza, founder and executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, in re: In 1948, as a socialist experiment and with the memory of the Holocaust fresh, the new Jewish state was championed in Europe as the underdog. However, Israel’s victory in 1967 transformed it in the eyes of many Europeans from being a plucky survivor into a regional power. Today, Europe faces economic problems, is moving to the left and experiencing a surge in Muslim population. Will these trends mark the end of the EU's and UK’s relations with Israel, or can it be salvaged?

Thursday  7 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block C:  . Jeff Hix, Historivision, co-producer of Amazing Ops: Siege at Benghazi, in re: the film. Background book.    

Thursday  7 March 2013 / Hour 3, Block D:   John Avlon, CNN, The Daily Beast,  and Newsweek International, in re: Rand Paul.  "But in our time of hyper-partisan political kabuki, Paul deserves respect for advancing a serious, principled, substantive debate. This is what filibusters are supposed to be—and one of the lessons learned might be the necessity of real filibuster reform that requires senators to take the floor rather than hiding behind the passing of paper. In addition, it has provided a happy reminder that the word filibuster itself is a Dutch word for “pirate”—fitting because there is something renegade about the capturing of the Senate floor in such a solitary stand. I’d like to think this issue would resonate with the same widespread principled passion if a Republican were president, but given our recent history, I am not convinced that would be the case.

"In such a worthwhile debate, one downside is the feeding of militia anxieties about the rise of a tyrannical government. It would also be naive not to assume that at least some of the senators who clustered on the floor were looking to score political points and get some reflected glory. But Paul’s stand was educational even if some of his colleagues saw it as high-rating political entertainment. These emerging war technologies need serious civic debate, best conducted by while grounded in reality and with a reasonable degree of good will toward our government. To his credit, Rand Paul debated within these wise lines: “I really don’t think he’ll drop a Hellfire missile on a café in Houston like I’m talking about,” he said of Obama, “but it really bothers me he won’t say that he won’t.”