The John Batchelor Show

Sunday 8 September 2013

Air Date: 
September 08, 2013

Photo, above: Logo of the Syrian Electronic Army: Assad's cyber warriors. The recent phishing attack is the latest by pro-Assad hackers operating out of Dubai, who target sites with views opposed to their own.


Guest-host: Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio 1500AM in Washington, D.C.

Hour One

Sunday 8 September  2013  / Hour 1, Block A: Jim McTague, Barron's Washington, in re: US intervention in Syria can affect your kid’s college education and your retirement

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 1, Block B: Gordon Adams, Professor of International Relations at American University, and Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center; former associate director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in re:  How does a sequestered Defense Department pay for operations in Syria?

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 1, Block C: Neil Irwin, Washington Post columnist and the economics editor of Wonkblog, The Post’s site for policy news and analysis; author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, in re: New jobs numbers, stock market, and potential tapering by the Federal Reserve. What's the poltical cst of getting a Fed head confirmed?  Dark horse other than Summers or Yellin?  Don Kohn, former vice-chair of the Fed, 40-year veteran of the Fed, having served under Greenspan, et al.

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 1, Block D: Gordon Chang,, the New Asia column, in re: Unspoken rule that members of the Politburo Standing Committee can’t be prosecuted – to avoid having antagonists destroy each other; Xi is reversing this.  Most of his recent targets have been in the "Petroleum faction" – China Natl Petroleum Corp & CNOOC. Being investigated not for graft but in power-play politics. Assad’s WMD supplier: North Korea has sold two or more factories to Syria; provides warheads and after-sale services (DPRK officers in Syria helping direct chem. weapons and other attacks) – China has been the intermediary, Xi consolidating power/  US has fund North Korean gas masks en route to Syria, often via Dalian in China (whence a lot of other weaponry). China opened its air space to missile deliveries to rogue states.  DPRK abrogated the armistice so signatories have the right to inspect shipments including in transit. US needs to stop sales of WMD and missiles by DPRK. China's rivers have become sewers – 110 tons of dead fish from industrial ammonia; China is polluting the world ocean via its rivers.

Hour Two

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 2, Block A: Scott Modell, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; co-author with Dr. David Asher of the Center for a New American Security and author of  Pushback: Countering the Iran Action Network, in re: What is the Iran Action Network, where are they operating, and what are they doing?  The Ministry of Intelligence and Security created telephone number 113 as a sort of 911 number inside Iran, asking Iranians to call in with anything suspicious.

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 2, Block B: Ron Marks, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, in re: The Snowden-leaked “Black Budget” via the Washington Post; what it is, and why its release is damaging to the United States

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 2, Block C: Michael Strain, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, in re:  jobs numbers in US not just an economic problem, also a human and moral crisis. Over four million unemployed in the US. Stats don’t look good for many American workers.

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 2, Block D: Barry Pavel, vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, in re: Congress is not sure what Obama wants them to do; Pentagon uncertainty about strikes.

Hour Three

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 3, Block A: Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center For Strategic and International Studies, in re:  Pakistan, friend or foe?  Black Budget says a little of both.

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 3, Block B: Grady Summers, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at Mandiant, in re: Syrian Electronic Army: who are they and why are they attacking media outlets, and now the Marine Corps web site? What's the black budget just released – and why is it public, including to our enemies?

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 3, Block C: Ronald Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; former US Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan, in re: US exiting Lebanon; why they’re leaving, what might bring them back

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 3, Block D: Bridget Johnson, Washington editor, PJ Media, in re: Congress already has five Syria bills in the hopper but hasn’t done anything about them.

Hour Four

photo, below: John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 4, Block A: Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; author of The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order: in re: history of Bretton Woods accord, its impact on today’s economic order, parallels to today’s events, and the leading US negotiator was a Soviet spy (1 of 4)

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 4, Block B: Benn Steil (2 of 4)

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 4, Block C: Benn Steil  (3 of 4)

Sunday 8 September  2013 / Hour 4, Block D: Benn Steil  (4 of 4)

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