The John Batchelor Show

Thursday 9 September 2021

Air Date: 
September 09, 2021



9-915   Stephen Yates, CEO of D.C. International Advisory and former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney.   @YatesDCIA
Memory of 9-11-01 at the Executive Office Building.  Gordon Chang @GordonGChang
Stephen Yates, CEO of D.C. International Advisory and former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney.   @YatesDCIA  Gordon Chang @GordonGChang
Photo:  Secretary of State  and National Security Advisor  meet with Chinese officials in Alaska, March 2021:  Secretary Anthony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Meet with CCP Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi

What is the Biden policy toward China?  Stephen Yates, CEO of D.C. International Advisory and former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. @YatesDCIA   Gordon Chang @GordonGChang
Throughout much of the 2000s, the Bush campaign argued for a move away from of “constructive strategic partnership” of the Clinton Administration towards a more realistic “strategic competition” with China. Through the first eight months of the Bush Administration, a great deal of effort was invested in redefining and resetting US policy towards China, consistent with the campaign. It didn’t happen immediately after 9/11, but soon thereafter the tone and content of Bush Administration dealings with China returned to the emphasis on cooperation over competition. As the Global War on Terror emerged as the dominant global priority, and counterproliferation challenges from North Korea to Pakistan to Iran leaped to top-tier concerns, the president and other national security principals argued that competition with China was a long-term reality but, in the immediate term, cooperation with China was essential to address pressing national security demands. Somewhat akin to “14 days to flatten the curve” with regard to COVID, the “immediate term” pursuit of cooperation from China on GWOT and counterproliferation stretched from the end of President Bush’s first year in office all the way through the end of his presidency.
In search of a Biden foreign policy.  Russell Berman @HooverInst
The values of nation-building.  Henry Nau, @GWU
“Nation-building is constructing or structuring a national identity using the power of the state.”


1.  Memories of 9-11-01 in Washington.  Anatol Lieven, Georgetown University @LievenAnatol @QuincyInst
2.  Has the Taliban learned a lesson from 2001?  Anatol Lieven, Georgetown University @LievenAnatol @QuincyInst

1030-1045 #ScalaReport @Scala
#TheScalaReport: Normalizing Delta in business travel, hospitality; office work. #ScalaReport. Chris Riegel @scala CEO, @STRATACACHE, #TheScalaReport

1045-1100    Tara O, adjunct Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS, and Fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies.  @DrTaraO;  and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, author, The Great U.S.-China Tech War.
President Moon goes to the agitprop CCP war movies.  Tara O,  @DrTaraO;  and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, author, The Great U.S.-China Tech War.
Tara O of the East Asia Research Center (
Tara O,  @DrTaraO;  and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, author, The Great U.S.-China Tech War; adjunct Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS, and Fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies.

1100-1115 Malcolm Hoenlein, 
Memories of 9-11-01 at La Guardia Airport.  Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations executive vice chairman for three decades.  @Conf_of_Pres
Hundreds of thousands of Brookynites watched in horror as the two skyscrapers burned on September 11.  Among them were the small schoolchildren at Bard High School–Early College; one of the children cried out, “My mother is working there!”

1115-1130 Harry Siegel @NYDailyNews
Memories of 9-11-01 in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Harry Siegel @NYDailyNews
1130-1145 Andrew Bacevich @QuincyInst
USA loses Afghanistan and its primacy.  Andrew Bacevich @QuincyInst
The Age of American Privilege Is Over
* The heir to the Roman Empire was the Byzantine Empire. Not only did Byzantium achieve greater feats of art and science than did Rome, it safeguarded (and advanced) for nearly 1,500 years the ancient knowledge of the Greeks and Romans. Combined with exposure to Islamic and far-Eastern (India and China) learning and wisdom, the Byzantine Empire was, at one point, the height of knowledge on Earth. Evidence suggests the European Renaissance was brought about an influx of Greek scholars from 1200—1450.
. . . Later, the fall of the Byzantine Empire is thought to have led to the Renaissance.
1145-1200 David Shedd, former DIA.  David Shedd, former DIA
Memories of 9-11-01 at the NSC in the Executive Office Building


12-1215   Veronique de Rugy
Memories of 9-11-01 at the Cato Institute.  Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University & NRO Online.  @veroderugy

1215-1230    Mary O'Grady @WSJOpinion
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Wall Street Journal editorial board and “The Americas” columnist.  @MaryAnastasiaOG

1230-1245   Conrad Black
Memories of 9-11-01 in Toronto, and the retreat from Afghanistan 

1245-100 AM Henry Miller
Nature: Characterising the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant
The recent, rapid dominance of the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant over pre-existing lineages may be due to its increased infectivity and reduced sensitivity to neutralizing antibodies, according to a study published in Nature. The research suggests that continued infection control measures may still be required in the post-vaccination era.
First identified in the Indian state of Maharashtra in late 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has since spread throughout India and to over 90 countries worldwide, rapidly outcompeting pre-existing genetic variants such as B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617.1 (Kappa).
Ravindra Gupta and colleagues studied the differential properties of genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2. Compared to the Wuhan-1 variant of the virus bearing the D614G mutation (against which current vaccines have been developed), Delta was found, in laboratory experiments, to be six-fold less sensitive to antibodies from individuals who had recovered from a previous infection. It was also eight-fold less sensitive to antibodies produced in response to two doses of either the Pfizer–BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines. In laboratory models of the human airway, the Delta variant was more efficient at replicating than the Alpha variant — an advantage that is associated with the predominantly cleaved configuration of the spike protein of Delta. This spike protein also permitted the Delta variant to replicate and enter cells at a higher rate than that of the Kappa variant, which the authors conclude may explain the dominance of Delta.
Over a six-week period (March to April 2021) the team analysed SARS-CoV-2 infections in over 130 healthcare workers at three hospitals in Delhi who had received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In these individuals, the AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be less effective against the Delta variant relative to non-Delta variants.
The authors conclude that their findings highlight the need to develop strategies to enhance vaccine responses against variants of SARS-CoV-2.