Monday 19 June 2017
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Co-host: Thaddeus McCotter, WJR, the Great Voice of the Great Lakes
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block A: Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; in re: Terrorism.
Islamic State facilitator moved recruits through Turkey, US says ISIS in Syria: In the past week, Treasury & State both issued lists of ISI major ops from India to the heart of Europe, One, Fared Saal, in a jihadist group that defected to ISIS early on. German in origin; facilitator moves jihadists in to the battle space. Coordinator plans operations, trains suicide bombers, organizes.
Usama Attar, a key coordinator in Europe. http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/06/islamic-state-facilitator-moved-recruits-through-turkey-us-says.php
Idlib province: US-designated terrorist claims he survived suicide attack in Syria
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block B: Jed Babbin, American Spectator, in re: Missing boat. No clear Afghan war policy from current Administration. Commander-in Chief must set policy. Mr Trump is disengaged; Gen Mattis’s thinking is dominated by the last thirty years: nation-building. Training the Afghan army?? No success for decades.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block C: Gordon Chang, Daily Beast and Forbes,com, in re: Otto Warmbier, detained in DPK for a year an a half, medivac’d to Ohio last week, has died. In coma since late March; brain tissues dead. Why o blood flow to brain? Probably severe trauma.
Needed: cut off all flow of funds to North Korea; thus, unplug Chinese financial institutions, which feed DPRK. China is doing zero to affect the DPRK regime. Bank of China shown to be a participant and designer of money-laundering for DPRK. Close BofC access to its dollar accounts in New York! US needs to show China we're serious – for the first time since 1994.
Japanese press: Trump gave Xi a hundred days to solve this, ending July 16. We need to start exerting pressure on China immediately Reconsider Mar-a-Lago agreement in light of Otto Warmbier’s murder.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block D: Jerry Hendrix, USN (ret), in re: The crash of the Fitzgerald: not ordinary. Didn’t sink only because of the crew’s fight to save the ship, plus good design (Arleigh Burke-class). Collision flooded part of the radio room, severing comms. Sealed all the hatches, which kept the Fitzgerald from sinking. Much of the crew slept, which is normal.
Twenty years ago I was in a collision at sea off the Capes; what happens is a crew on the bridge sees that there’s about to be a collision and presses an emergency button.
An SU-22, exported to Syria, took off; was warned; nonetheless attacked forces under US protection near Raqqa; after that attack, an F-16 downed the Sukhoi. F-18 has a huge capacity to carry ordnance; also a large range.
Anent a 350-ship Navy: the Kitty Hawk to bring her out of mothballs (mobility Bravo status = near-readiness, but a lot of work to do that; and find the nearly 4,800 crewmen to man the ship— those who have experience with high-pressure steam, which is rare). And we have no air wing to go with it . Better to focus on Oliver Hazard Perry frigates.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block A: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, and John Fund, NRO, in re: Political conditions, USA.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block B: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, and John Fund, NRO, in re: Political conditions, USA.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block C: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: . . . Scan of the Middle East; Qatar, Iran, Turkey; US shoots down a Sukhoi; too many developments. . .. Bizarre situation where the UN meeting in Poland is asked to re-name ancient, Biblical sites with contemporary Arabic names.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block D: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: Indiana Hoenlein.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block A: Andrew C McCarthy, National Review, and former Asst US Atty for the Southern District of New York; in re: Pres Trump’s tweets.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block B: Harry Siegel, Daily Beast and New York Daily News, in re: Overweening power of Silicon Valley gazillionaires; how distant are their views from those of the rest of humanity and how careless are they of everyone else’s well-being. Look to a future where the digital megacartels are broken up under antitrust or parallel regs.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block C: Brett Arends, MarketWatch, in re: UK politics. Theresa May, Brexit, Finsbury attack plunging poll numbers.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block D: Brett Arends, MarketWatch, in re: UK politics. Theresa May, Brexit, Finsbury attack plunging poll numbers.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block A: Tyler Rogoway, thedrive.com; in re: Planes and aviation. A shocking new design by an innovator named Otto; held in deep secrecy, but seems to be able to fly large numbers of passengers at high altitudes for extended periods using only a few dozen gallons of diesel fuel an hour.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block B: Tyler Rogoway, thedrive.com; in re: Planes and aviation.
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block C: Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life Part V of VIII
Monday 19 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block D: Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life Part V of VIII
.. .. ..