Guests: Sam Tadros, Hudson Institute, Georgetown U, author of Motherland Lost. LouAnn Hammond, DrivingtheNation.com. Larry Johnson, NoQuarter. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover.
Tuesday 2 July 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Sam Tadros, Hudson Institute, Georgetown U, author of Motherland Lost, in re: Egyptian turmoil. Proverb: "Egypt is the only nation in the ummah; all the rests are tribes." The military and the Muslim Brotherhood are the only real players now; protestors are disorganized; Salafis are watching from sidelines and split. Morsi is the first elected president of Egypt; used "legitimacy" more than 40 times in his brief speech today. "We have a process, we had an election, I've made mistakes, but the solution is not to give up on the democratic process," Morsi said. By now, of course, it’s too late – the electorate no longer trusts him. Nasser was thirty years old when he made his coup and had time on his side; Morsi is in his late fifties, is extremely ambitious, does not have Nasserite dynamics. The 80 ml people of Egypt; the economy has collapsed, tourism dead, civil society broken down on streets – citizens and foreigners alike are accosted and stabbed. Upper middle class sees that the MB is unwilling to accept real democracy; in the Delta, north of Cairo, approaches are more driven by ___ for Mubarak. Coptic Christians: cheering for the military, which is not secular or favorably disposed toward Copts, but at least doesn’t denounce them. Same time: accusations that the whole set of demos is driven by Copts! Tonight, Cairenes are certainly at home, but not necessarily getting much sleep. Seeing final moments when players will put their cards on the table. Today Morsi's speech clarified a zero-sum game: either tanks roll in Cairo on Wednesday or Morsi will have won.
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Egyptian joke of the day:
Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak tried to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood. Only Morsi succeeded.
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Tuesday 2 July 2013 / Hour 1, Block B: LouAnn Hammond, Drivingthenation.com, in re: Auto sales maintain momentum, led by pickups GM's sales rose a better-than-expected 6.5 percent in June. In addition to pickups, the Chevrolet Cruze small car was a big . . . Car Sales Hit Levels Not Seen Since 2007. Will the US need more manufacturing plants in the US, or will they build in Mexico? For that matter, why's everyone producing in Mexico?
Need trucks to build a new home. Correlate new home starts with sales of pick-ups. Chevy Silverado and GMC. Made in US, so US jobs here are secure.
Ford, Nissan set pace as June sales rise 9% on trucks, crossovers; SAAR surges past forecasts to 15.98 million. Even the Fiat 500 EV is sold out! Nissan is doing well (except its Infinity; mgr used to be with Audi US, now is headquartered in HK).
Tuesday 2 July 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: Larry Johnson, NoQuarter, in re: Where in the world is
Carmen Sandiego? Edward Snowden? He's irritated most everyone, now including the Russians. Has no passport, and a passport is inestimably precious. A dozen countries have refused to give him sanctuary. Possible that Cuba will issue some diplomatic papers; countries favoring the US won’t allow overflight. He has four laptops (we're told), plus one or more thumbdrives. Does he sleep? Have they been purloined? He's surrounded by Wikileaks staff. That photo of him sure didn’t look like a transit area – graffiti on the wall behind him; and reading a German paper – if I were Russian intell, I’d get copies of all the digital data. He now knows what it feels like to be a ping-pong ball in an intl table-tennis match. As for the quality of the data, might be not steak but spam. There's no such thing as a friendly intelligence service. US would like to avoid encouraging future dummies like this, and is interested to know if it's sigint; or is important CIA data?
The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane. “We don’t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales,” Choquehuanca said from Vienna, where the plane landed. Morales had earlier met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit of major gas exporters in the Kremlin. In an interview with Russia Today television, Morales said . .
Tuesday 2 July 2013 / Hour 1, Block D: Peter Berkowitz, Hoover, in re: Harvard is concerned enough to create a report on humanities: student have ceased studying them; decline over half a century. Half the students arriving at Harvard desiring to study humanities shift – this is a 50% attrition rate. Cambridge conclusion: "Harvard needs to keep doing what it’s always done, only better." PB disagrees, and JB calls it pompous. Curricula on narrow and abstruse subjects; no requirement that students gain some little knowledge of the classics of Western literature, philosophy, religions, arts. Languages are almost totally neglected – "multiculturalism" proclaims that all cultures are equal. Needs deans to become champions of liberty and fair process. Lots of classes in: history of gay gardening; in Stanford, none on history of the military.
'The Heart of the Matter," the just-released report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, deserves praise for affirming the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the prosperity and security of liberal democracy in America. Regrettably, however, the report's failure to address the true nature of the crisis facing liberal education may cause more harm than good. In 2010, leading congressional Democrats and Republicans sent letters to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences asking that it identify actions that could be taken by "federal, state and local governments, universities, foundations, educators, individual benefactors and others" to "maintain national excellence in humanities and social scientific scholarship and education." In response, the American Academy formed the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, with Duke University President Richard Brodhead and retired Exelon CEO John Rowe as co-chairmen. Among the commission's 51 members are top-tier-university presidents, scholars, lawyers, judges, and business executives, as well as prominent figures from diplomacy, filmmaking, music and journalism.