JDB Interview on Sky News’ Boulton & Co Today

With the President of the United States making a sudden and dramatic flight to Afghanistan I was called upon for comment today, first on Pippa Jones’ Magazine programme on ITalkFM and then with Sky News’ Political Editor, Adam Boulton.

I appeared on Boulton & Co along with Hagai M. Segal from NYU to discuss the next steps in America’s on-going conflict with political violence. Enjoy!

JDB on Sky News on Easter Sunday

There were even more reasons to give thanks this Easter Sunday, as I appeared live on Sunrise on Sky News at 8.00 to offer an appraisal of the ongoing race for the Republican nomination.

Will what is being portrayed as the ‘drawn-out’ campaign hinder the eventual nominee?

If that nominee is Mitt Romney can he put his many errors behind him and find a way to draw together a coalition capable of defeating President Obama in November? How can he overcome the growing perception that the Republican Party is somehow anti-women?

What now for Rick Santorum after his three defeats on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. and the hospitalization of his daughter this weekend?  Polls show him behind in his home state of Pennsylvania, which votes on April 24, along with New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. All the major candidates have won their home states so far. Can Santorum survive if he fails to do so?

These were some of the issues that were addressed by myself in conversation with Lorna Dunkley on Sunrise and can be viewed below. So enjoy my take on all things American along with your Easter Eggs! What a perfect combination.

Happy Easter!

US Governmental Shutdown Looms Large Again

Earlier in the summer the threat of a government shutdown loomed large in Washington with wild predictions in some circles that President Obama would be forced to implement the 14th amendment to the Constitution to keep the government ticking over. That didn’t happen of course. Instead, as I suggested on Sky News, the politicians in DC merely kicked the problem into the long grass in the hope that the issue would be resolved. It hasn’t been and the issue is back once again as the end of the fiscal year arrived on Friday. Continuing resolutions are no way to run the United State’s government.
At a time when world markers are plummeting and investors and citizens are looking for signs of confidence in the market, politicians in Washington are doing their utmost to worsen the situation. Blame can be spread around and suggestions that this is simply a Tea Party roadblock are misleading, if for no other reason than that such a party doesn’t really exist as a single entity. Leaders from both sides of the aisle need to unite for the long term interests of the nation.
Policymakers and lawmakers need to recognise the damage that is being done not only to markets but also to the long term reputation of the United States by their actions. Critics enjoy analysing American hegemonic decline. Their work is made easier by the very individuals sent to Washington to prevent such an event.  

JDB on LBC 97.3FM Tonight

Following my appearance on Sky News last night, I will be returning to the airwaves this evening.

I will be appearing on the Iain Dale Show, with stand in host Andrew Pierce, to discuss the American debt crisis and the implications that this has for the UK and the Special Relationship.

The conversation will no doubt turn to the forthcoming presidential election and the future of President Obama.

You can listen live at http://ukrp.musicradio.com/lbc973/live