The John Batchelor Show

Thursday 11 October 2012

Air Date: 
October 11, 2012



Co-host: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents

Thursday 905P Eastern Time:  Vice-presidential debate: VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan

Thursday 920P Eastern Time: Vice-presidential debate: VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan; commentary: Larry Johnson, No Quarter

Thursday 935P Eastern Time: Vice-presidential debate: VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan

Thursday 950P Eastern Time: Vice-presidential debate: VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan;   commentary: Larry Johnson, No Quarter

Thursday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan

Thursday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  VP Joseph Biden and Sen Paul Ryan;   commentary: Larry Johnson, No Quarter

Thursday 1035P (735P Pacific Time): Mona Charen, NRO, and David Drucker, Roll Call, in re: debate

Thursday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  Lara M Brown, Villanova, and Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in re: debate

Thursday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): .Michael Singh, Washington Institute managing dir, and former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council; in re: Iran.  VP debate referred to PM Netanyahu's redline – which is flexible, and different from a dead line, which points to a time certain.   The US needs to clarify to Iran that the US is not infinitely patient, and their time is not endless.  Both VP candidates held an underlying agreement on the topic of Iran.  Syria is Iran's major ally, and the Turkish-Syrian clash alarms Iran.  Many points could have been made: sanctions are not causing collapse; implications of sanctions.  This regime, like so many dictatorial regimes, may not care about the extreme suffering of the people.

Thursday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Malcolm Hoenlein, in re: quarter-million Turkish soldiers on the northern Syrian border above Aleppo.   Turkish air force escorted down a Syrian-bound Russian plane (in fact, an Airbus 320 owned by Syria but filled with Russians and Russian eqpt), removed "dual-use technology" – could be anything from space-based electronics to a screwdriver. Putin sees Turkey as a mouse against an elephant.

Hamas sent 37 rockets in less than 24 hours into Israeli civilian populations. Al Aqsa and Hamas are joining in ____. Morsi said he'd no longer pursue [malfeasants] in Sinai. With Turkey, Egypt, Saudi, Qatar all involved  . . .  Foreign Minister Lavrov.  Supposedly fond ammo plus components of a rocket in the plane. 


Thursday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): Malcolm Hoenlein: Jordan is on a spiral downward such as occurred in the 1970s, which preceded the peaceful last 40 years. The king is extremely vulnerable, is focussed on by Saudis, Qataris, everyone who wants the regime to survive in an orderly way.  Libya has sent 1,000 cutthroats and jihadis from Cyrenaica to the "Free Syrian Army," all these nder the command of al Libi elder who murdered the American ambassador Chris Stevens. 

Vanessa Neumann, Foreign Policy Research Institute senior Fellow, Latin America and terrorism, in re: Hezbollah in South America, elections in Venezuela. Chavez provides the fuel oil to keep Assad in power; Chavez says Ahmadinejad is his brother. Chavez's interior minister is of Syrian descent, comes from a Baathist family; all consider themselves fellow fighters in the global revolution against the American empire.  Did Capriles really lose the election?  - ouch – we heard that he'd won by 4 points, according to the BBC; then Chavez said he'd won by 8 points The foreign votes have not yet been counted. We had comanantes – sort of accompanists  - but no actual election observers. See website of registered voters in Venezuela: ten thousand voters from 111 to 129 years old 

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Hezbollah in the Tri-Border Area of South America, by Cyrus Miryekta

September 10, 2010, issue of Small Wars Journal.

Hezbollah, Lebanon's Iran-sponsored Shi'i Muslim terrorist organization, has established global networks in at least 40 countries. Its growing presence in South America is increasingly troublesome to U.S. policymakers, yet there are few experts on Hezbollah and fewer still on Hezbollah Latino America. Hezbollah's operatives have infiltrated the Western Hemisphere from Canada to Argentina, and its activity is increasing, particularly in the lawless Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. This research was conducted to expose the actions and objectives of Hezbollah in the TBA. The majority of US officials and operators believe that Hezbollah's terrorist wing is separate from its political wing, but these are misconceptions from people who "mirror-image" the American experience when assessing Hezbollah. Unfamiliarity with the organization makes these assessors vulnerable to its propaganda, which is a severe problem that permeates the US government and its operatives. People who think Hezbollah is or could be compartmentalized or disunited are not familiar with the organization and perceive Hezbollah through the lens of the organization's extensive propaganda effort. Hezbollah has a large operational network in the TBA, which generates funds for the party, but its primary mission is to plan attacks and lie dormant, awaiting instructions to execute operations against Western targets. The following is a look at Hezbollah's modus operandi, an analysis of how operational its networks in the Tri-Border Area are, as well as some possible solutions to this threat. First is an examination of how Hezbollah traditionally operates to establish the context.   [more]

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Below: Hezbollah headquarters in Sierra Leone


Thursday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  Bill Whalen, Hoover &, and Gene Countryman, KNSS in Kansas, in re: Ryan and the (gen) X factor; the vice-presidential debate.

Thursday/Fri 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  John Fund, American Spectator, and Larry Johnson, No Quarter, in re: the vice-presidential debate: surprising amount of cross-talk, interruptions (82 times), smirks, by Joe Biden.  Probably was told to be aggressive, but became Joe the Bully.  Very odd; made many of us quite uncomfortable. Works with the Democratic base on social media. So far out of line it'll go on the books.  Did Biden lose touch with the fact that he was on TV?  Off-putting to undecideds; election won’t be won by pleasing the base. Interrupted what was supposed to be a serious policy discussion.  On the economy and foreign policy, the Administration doesn’t have a strong case, so perhaps Biden was trying to sidetrack us from a real discussion on economics or, worse, on Libya.  Bien is a veteran Washington lawmaker; it would've served him better to state rationally a substantive position. By becoming a cartoon character, he loses support. Ryan also and weak points: did not answer on Romney's tax plan, or well on abortion.  "This vice-presidential performance was so disappointing it gives a good argument for term limits." – CN undecided observer.

Thursday/Fri  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack, in re: ISS, Mars and Titan and a diamond as big as a SuperEarth.

Thursday/Fri  1235A (935P Pacific Time): Chris Gadomski, Bloomberg New Energy, in re: report on the building of nuke energy planets in North Africa and Middle East, aggressive plans for the next 20 years.

Thursday/Fri  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Kay Lazar Boston Globe, in re: meningitis outbreak, Massachusetts problems, 14,000 at risk,

Below: Hezbollah is well-established in the Triborder Area of South America

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Music (using New York City broadcast times)  

9:00 hour:   Air Force One, The Sentinel.   10:00 hour:   The Sentinel, Broken Arrow, Burn After Reading.  11:00 hour:  Burn After Reading, Syriana, Flight of the Phoenix.  midnight hour:  Burn After Reading, Star Trek, The Sentinel.