Monday 26 June 2017
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Co-host: Thaddeus McCotter, WJR, the Great Voice of the Great Lakes
Monday 26 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: Afghanistan
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block B: Tom Joscelyn, Long War Journal an FDD; in re: Baghdadi blows up the historic mosque in Mosul – an acknowledgment of policy failure
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block C: Gordon Chang, Daily Beast and Forbes,com, in re: North Korea soon will be able to strike the Lower 48 with nukes. Only China bolsters North Korea. The US for decades has rolled over and kowtowed to Beijing on the matter; this has been a consistent failure and has much pleased China. Perhaps the only route available now is for the US to ban US interaction with one of China’s four [supermajor] banks, and to lift that require immediate cessation of Chinese support for Pyongyang.
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 1, Block D: Josh Rogin, Washington Post, in re: Modi’s vist to the White House.
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block A: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, and John Fund, NRO, in re: Congress has accomplished so little this year it needs to forgo a summer holiday and stay in Washington in August and work. With an extra 29 days can McConnell get the law passed?
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block B: David M Drucker, Washington Examiner, and John Fund, NRO, in re:
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Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block C: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: Abbas mendacity; regrettably, even refuses to allow Gazans to travel to Israel for major [free] hospitalizations.
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Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 2, Block D: Indiana Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: Just found: Crusader fortress in Jordan with a long tunnel built so the lady of the house could escape a siege
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block A: Jerry Hendrix USN (ret), Center for New American Security and Stone Ridge Group; in re: We have 276 ships; need to maintain about 100 ships under way on any given day. Cocoms. Four-part cycle: deployed; coming/going; used for training; being overhauled. Three options to achieve wholeness:
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block B: Jerry Hendrix USN (ret), Center for New American Security and Stone Ridge Group; in re: Rebuilding the US Navy; the diminished air wings. As we’re using more ships today than we have in previous decades, either the training for Navy crews, ore else or maintenance time is shortened, must be shortened. When the number of deployed ships is reduced, then we lose influence over critical and strategic locations. A loss of influence would allow predatory countries to expand; for example, China has been creating artificial islands, A solution may be to forward-deploy more ships, although that may create more stress on the lives of the crew and their families. A more efficient deployment of ships may be to deploy the cheaper and smaller frigates, which requires fewer crew members to operate.
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block C: Andrew C McCarthy, National Review columnist and former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in re: Special counsel. James Comey had incentives to not reveal everything about Russian interference, creating a “fraudulent narrative,” misleading the media and public. Doubts about the current prosecutions of the special counsel. Further, the speaker reminder that Comey may have been under orders of the Department of Justice. TGM spotlights the GPS spying system that nobody is sure is paid for by whom, so to speak..
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 3, Block D: Salena Zito, New York Post and Washington Examiner, in re: Pennsylvania (and other) politics. Stacey Abrams vs. Stacey Evans for Georgia Governor: Democrats have been successful in constructing the blue-collar upstanding citizen narrative. Stacey Evans has been using this story to her advantage. Stacey Abrams, the current House Minority Leader of Georgia, appeals to many Black voters in Georgia. “Stacey Abrams is a Democratic superstar.” A significant crossroad for the Democratic party in mobilization and other matters.
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block A: Charles Blahous, Hoover Institution and Senior Research Strategist at George Mason University Mercatus Center; in re: American Health Care Act. JB: “Medicaid is the least successful of the largest government programs.” CB: The scare stories aren’t true. The target groups quoted by many opponents of the new bill were and will be eligible for the same savings. Compare the current Democratic paranoia with science fiction. The predicted necessary costs are nearly 60% more than the realistic costs for childless working adults in America. Cutting costs for this demographic relieves competition for other groups, other than only the upper class.
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block B: Peter Berkowitz, Real Clear Politics; Hoover Institution; in re: John Locke, father of liberalism in the Seventeenth Century; has enemies today. [See American Affairs Journal: “What Is Conservatism?” by Ofir Haivry and Yoram Hazony] We refer to “natural rights” of all living humans. His enemies today, self-described conservatives, claim that this disavows tradition and is wrong. Fortescue and Selden. Note that the US is a constitutional republic that guarantees liberty, including religious, to all citizens, Claim that the Declaration is Lockean (it is), The power of classical liberals: the world in which we live of Western-style democracies. It's classical liberalism that’s proven itself as the best guarantor of [comprehensive] liberty Property rights and the authority of he individual. The settlement that came out of the wars of religions was that Protestants, Catholic, Jews, everyone, was better off taking religion out of politics. An empirical, true liberalism is cognizant of , , ,
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block C: Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life
Monday 26 June 2017 / Hour 4, Block D: Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life
With thanks to Peter Choi for his notes.
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