Monday 25 March 2019
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Co-host: Thaddeus McCotter, WJR, the Great Voice of the Great Lakes
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 1, Block A: Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Islamic State: Washington announces that the caliphate is destroyed. Actually, it was a matter of clearing one last, small, Syrian village. Of course they have a large number of fighters left in Iraq and Syria. They’re operating currently from Afghanistan to Nigeria.
Afghanistan: Taliban are in constant relation with al Qaeda. Washington seems to think that Taliban will be a suitable negotiations partner and then will prevent other terrorist groups from operating in Afghanistan. It’s reprehensible. It's an out and out lie.
Taliban will be victorious in Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad knows it's a lie and pretends it's not. Trying to absolve the Taliban of their twenty-year past of lying and lying. Horrid. “Never ask a guest to leave” – a Pashtun saying that’s not relevant to this matter. This withdrawal will encourage global jihadist movements around the world.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 1, Block B: Tom Joscelyn, Long War Journal and FDD; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Al Shebaab is one of al Qaeda’s most effective subsidiaries, known to penetrate Somalia’s security services. Abu Hama al Sami leading a Syrian group, whre there’s a leadership kerfuffle.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 1, Block C: Gordon Chang, Daily Beast, in re: North Korea, and China. The adventures of Pathfinder. Moon Jae-in, RoK president, has bet everything on rapprochement with the North. His conduct in the last few days is odd; DPRK has given him a hard time about the designations of two shipping countries (sanctioned) by the US, so Kim decided to quit speaking with the South. Mnuchin an Lighthizer and US rapporteur [so to speak] with DPRK are all in Beijing now. Since thr missled of the last century, Beijing has dangled he prospect of helping the US with North Korea in order to get concessions – then it turns out to have been a lie. Will Pres Trump fall for this?
Xi Jinping has been starving domestic private companies in order to favor state-owned enterprises. If the economy is growing, it's sure not at 6%; if it's growing at all, it's maybe 1%. The RMB is not convertible because if it were, within twenty minutes every housewife would convert her RMB to dollars. No one will keep his money in Chinese currency if he doesn’t have to – as soon as it becomes convertible, it’ll be worthless. . . . The recent inverted yield curve was a sign of problems in Europe, and of the strength of the dollar. . . . North Korea with nuclear weapons is more of a danger to China than to the US.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 1, Block D: Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics; in re: The new Space Command.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 2, Block A: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, & Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, and American Spectator, in re: Special Prosecutorgate. Nominees to come for 2020. Lindsay Graham may have Comey testify – but why in the world don’t we have the Senate Intell Committee looking at what Susan Rice did in unmasking, and all the others? The head of that committee is an old-line Republican who’ll sit on his duff and do nothing.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 2, Block B: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, & Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, and American Spectator, in re: Joe Biden. Dems will go for the person they find most electable Pelosi has lost control of the Congress.
Monday 25 March 2019/ Hour 2, Block C: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: Hamas rocket lands in town north of Tel Aviv, fired from northern Gaza at 5:30 AM; injuries. Israel strikes many targets in Gaza. PM Netanyahu returned from DC early for this; was to have attended a White House dinner and spoken at AIPAC (18,000 people there). Clear message to Iran, Russia, and others, that the US recognizes the situation Israel is in and backs Israel. US signs document recognizing Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Romania and Honduras have recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Two Russian planes, one cargo with 100 tons of materiel another with troops, stopped in Syria, then landed in Venezuela. Major escalation. Cargo plane returned whence it came; the other is still there. Jordan: demos continue; even some of the hyper-loyal Bedouin troops are joining. Criticizing the king. Unstable; worrisome.
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 2, Block D: Indiana Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: Found an ancient jar with a human face on it; 2500 years old, from Persian era; found in a parking lot in the City of David National Park. Considered a remarkable discovery in that it's so old.
Coming: an exhibition on Route 38, the road that led northward, a-was the ancient link that led southward to Egypt; bldg a new highway that unearthed a Jewish settlement form the end of the First Temple period. Discovered and ancient large industrial zone for producing olive oil. Stone statue of the Egyptian dwarf god Bes, a god of war, yet also a patron of childbirth and the home, and was associated with sexuality, humor, music and dancing. UNESCO challenges any history of Judeo-Christian habitation; insists that everything is only a Muslim site. Important to refute the lies.
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 3, Block A: Matthew C. Taibbi, author and journalist; in re:
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 3, Block B: Matthew C. Taibbi, author and journalist; in re: Russiagate
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 3, Block C: Andrew C McCarthy. National Review; was Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; in re: Mueller report
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 3, Block D: Andrew C McCarthy. National Review; was Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; in re: Mueller report
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 4, Block A: Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: Eurasia.
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 4, Block B: Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: Eurasia.
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 4, Block C: Kara Frederick; Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, CNAS; in re: Smart city surveillance: facial recognition, et al.
Monday 25 March 2019 / Hour 4, Block D: Kara Frederick; Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, CNAS; in re: Smart city surveillance: facial recognition, et al.
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