Wednesday 14 November 2012

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Photo, above: Israeli soldiers recite prayers close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

JOHN BATCHELOR

Co-hot: Gordon Chang

Wednesday 905P Eastern Time: Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Chinese nuclear submarines, armed with nukes. Quieter than the first generation (diesel? – roaring noisily underwater) but soon to be succeeded by almost-silent models.  So far, not as sophisticated as the US fleet.

Wednesday 920P Eastern Time: Kelley Currie, Senior Fellow at Project 2049 Institute, in re:   Burma: a flurry of American officials goes to visit; ASEAN meeting; China notices that its long-time "ally" (vassal) no longer heels at command. Inconvenient at a moment of Chinese instability economically and politically.

Wednesday 935P Eastern Time: Aaron Klein, WABC, in re: gunplay in Gaza, threats in Syria, threats in Bekaa, collapse of region, ongoing rocket attacks of Israel

Wednesday 950P Eastern Time: Dr Wenyi Wang, in re: Chinese government "organ harvesting" – stealing internal organs, often from living victims and especially from practitioners of Falun Gong, to sell to medical tourists needing a kidney, a heart, a pair of lungs.  This vampirish practice is, unfortunately, well documented by now, and is staggeringly lucrative to the officials running the criminal trade.  The central government now assures the world that the  whole episode is over, but there's not a scintilla of evidence to back this up.

Wednesday 1005P (705P Pacific Time): Naomi Rovnick, correspondent with Quartz, a digital publication of Atlantic Media, in re: China's new leadership (and how it won't much help anything).

Wednesday 1020P (720P Pacific Time): Sara Cook, senior research analyst for Freedom on the Net and East Asia at Freedom House, in re: China's new leadership (and how it won't much change anything).

Wednesday 1035P (735P Pacific Time): Eli Lake, Newsweek, in re:  Mike Morell, new DCI, will report to Congress that the CIA never issued orders to abort a rescue mission because we never issued an order for a rescue mission.  [Did anyone call for rescue? Unh, not to my knowledge . . .]

Wednesday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  Joseph Sternberg, Asia Wall Street Journal, in re: Japan is tipping into recession. In other news, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, is seeking yet another hundred-billion-dollar bailout as costs from last year's Fukushima disaster skyrocket. The two stories, one might posit, are related. 

Wednesday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 1 of 4

Wednesday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 2 of 4

Wednesday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 3 of 4

Wednesday 1150P (850P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 4 of 4

Wednesday/Thurs 1205A (905 Pacific Time): Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Chinese nuclear submarines, armed with nukes. Quieter than the first generation (diesel? – roaring noisily underwater) but soon to be succeeded by almost-silent models.  So far, not as sophisticated as the US fleet.

Wednesday/Thurs  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Kelley Currie, Senior Fellow at Project 2049 Institute, in re:   Burma: a flurry of American officials goes to visit; ASEAN meeting; China notices that its long-time "ally" (vassal) no longer heels at command. Inconvenient at a moment of Chinese instability economically and politically.

Wednesday/Thurs  1235A (935P Pacific Time): Aaron Klein, WABC, in re: gunplay in Gaza, threats in Syria, threats in Bekaa, collapse of region, ongoing rocket attacks of Israel.

Wednesday/Thurs  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Eric Trager, Washington Institute, what will Pres Morsi do about the Gaza crisis?

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