The John Batchelor Show

Thursday 11 October 2018

Air Date: 
October 11, 2018

Photo:  Kanye West performing at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on April 2, 2000; by Joseph Younis from Sydney, Australia
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Co-hosts: Sebastian Gorka, Fox; and Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents
Hour One
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 1, Block A:  Sebastian Gorka, Fox News national security, and author of, Why We Fight (Amazon No.1), in re:  The Russians continue to use the same methods; nuthin’ new.  The hole drilled in the ISS: sabotage? But the worry is that Washington isn't paying much Space isn't just something where little boys dream of becoming astronauts; it's a real national security matter. A consensus among the real experts that we need a new space program. The fact is that we let our space program wither on the vine. Remember that Pres Obama explained that eh primary job of NASA was to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 1, Block B:  Sebastian Gorka, Fox News national security, and author of,  Why We Fight (Amazon No.1), in re: 
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 1, Block C: Jerry Hendrix, U.S. Navy captain (ret.), & vice president with the Telemus Group, a national-security consultancy; in re:  . . .  We need to continue the investment in high-end destroyers. The Navy needs to make a significant investment in carrier air wings.  In the South China Sea, we’re holding our own, but just barely.  China has to be overawing in on e end of the world, whereas we have to be powerful al over the world. “Spend Defense Dollars Both to Increase Quantity and Improve Quality”
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 1, Block D: Arthur Turovetz, MD, NJ Diet; in re:  What the NJ Diet is, a bit about how it works, and how it augments good health.
Hour Two
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 2, Block A:  Adam Ciralsky, in re:  YAMAM, a semi-secret police/special operations force with “the powers of the police the operational force of the military, and the brains of Shin Bet.” Twice a year, the NYPD sends a delegation for special, elite training with YAMAM.  “What we do in a year of operations, YAMAM does in two weeks.”
Adam Ciralsk’s television career includes CBS News' 60 Minutes and later NBC News, where, over the course of a decade, he has won many of journalism’s highest honors, including three Emmys, a Peabody Award for Significant & Meritorious Achievement in Broadcasting & Cable, a Polk Award for Outstanding Television Reporting, an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for Breaking News and Sustained Coverage, a Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and a Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs/Public Policy Journalism. He now writes long-form articles for Vanity Fair, where he has written on subjects ranging from the Pentagon’s chronic mismanagement of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history, of Israel narrowly averting a large-scale terrorist attack, and conducted an interview with the leader of Hamas and an exposé of a world-renowned surgeon as a fabulist.
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 2, Block B:  Dr. Mark Israel,; in re: Cancer research innovation.  ICRF mission is to raise funds (so far, almost $70 million) to allow researchers to stay in Israel and continue highly advanced research that then is made available worldwide.  Our idea is to function as a marketplace for ideas.  Annually we field about 150 proposals.
Dr. Mark A. Israel, a pediatric oncologist, translational scientist and a nationally recognized leader in cancer research, has been appointed National Executive Director of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), the largest nonprofit organization dedicated solely to funding cancer research in Israel. Dr. Israel joins ICRF from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Molecular and Systems Biology.  From 2001 to 2016, Dr. Israel served as the Director of Dartmouth’s National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, where he was responsible for delivering comprehensive clinical care to more than 30,000 patients annually.  Dr. Israel organized Dartmouth’s cancer research efforts with an annual budget in excess of $50 million and oversaw the cancer center’s development efforts, raising as much as $10 million annually. 
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 2, Block C:  Hanin Ghaddar, Washington Institute; in re:  Lebanon: any good news?  Sadly, no. Hezbollah won parliamentary elections in May, then ensured that all opponents were extremely weak.  We see sanctions on Hezbollah, but they're a cash economy, so there’s little effect. Also, Lebanon is on the verge of economic collapse; and in any case the economy is overwhelmed with corruption. The only slight beam of light is that a poor economy tends to limit Hezbollah’s activities.  Exposing the missile factories and rocket rooms in residences has made an impression on civilians, especially Shi’a. People want no more war; do not want Hezbollah to put them in danger again.  What's scaring people is that Netanyahu said: These facilities are to convert weapons — and everyone knows that for Israel this is a red line.   Need more exposure by the international community, would cause people to ask questions, and start to exercise control over what’s under their houses. There’s a huge gap between the people and the [leadership]. The govt is weak and no one expects Hariri or anyone to do anything.
Iranians are everywhere – tourists or just present.   Media are run by Iranians.  See Iranians (esp IRGC), Iraqis, Pakistanis. In Beirut’s southern suburbs, everywhere; they run institutions, won't allow Hezbollah to have that much control.  The wounded are first moved to Damascus hospitals, then on to Lebanon. Iran manages two big hospitals.  Want to give a message to the fighting force: if you fight with us, we’ll take good care of you.
Hanin Ghaddar is the inaugural Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute's Geduld Program on Arab Politics, where she focusses on Shi’a politics throughout the Levant. The longtime managing editor of Lebanon's NOW news website, Ghaddar shed light on a broad range of cutting-edge issues, from the evolution of Hezbollah inside Lebanon's fractured political system to Iran's growing influence throughout the Middle East. Prior to joining NOW in 2007, Ghaddar wrote for the Lebanese newspapers As-Safir, An-Nahar, and Al-Hayat, and also worked as a researcher for the United Nations Development Program regional office. A native of Al-Ghazieh, Lebanon, Ghaddar holds a Bachelor's degree in English literature and a Master's degree in Middle East studies, both from the American University of Beirut.
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 2, Block D: Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council; in re:  China and Russia.  How does Russia benefit from being a prankster at best, a saboteur at worst?  They feel as though they're in a box; is constantly testing the contours of the box.  Looking for weaknesses; when they find one, they act as both arsonist and firefighter. Russia takes control of the F300 in Syria away from Iran and into Syrian hands. If it malfunctions, Russia can always claim user error.  Now India is buying the F300, and Turkey thinking of doing so.  As it becomes more of an export commodity, the integrity of the system will be tested in many ways.  A level of plausible deniability. Xinjiang, a major story; massive, police, sate-controlled crackdown – forbidden to practice religion or wear a beard; “re-education” programs.  Now a hot potato on Capitol Hill; could become another spoke in the wheels of US-China relations. ●
Ilan Berman is Senior Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. He has been called one of America's "leading experts on the Middle East and Iran" by CNN.
Hour Three
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 3, Block A: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re: . . . we see repeatedly that universities are preventing students who don't tow the line from speaking.  This is a disgrace.
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 3, Block B: Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, in re: Israeli borders)
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 3, Block C: Andrew C. McCarthy III (@AndrewCMcCarthy), columnist for National Review; served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; in re:  Rosenstein
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 3, Block D: Andrew C. McCarthy III, (@AndrewCMcCarthy), columnist for National Review; served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; in re:  Rosenstein
Hour Four
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 4, Block A: Robert Zimmerman, BehindheBlack,com, in re: Russian space program
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 4, Block B:  Robert Zimmerman, BehindheBlack,com, in re:  NASA’s unending delays and massive costs for SLS
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 4, Block C:  The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds Ph.D.
Thursday  11 October 2018 / Hour 4, Block D:  The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds Ph.D.
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