JDB Update

With all of the comings and goings with regard to the Iowa Caucuses I have been rather busy. First Sky News, then ITalk FM, then copious amounts of tweeting and now two more appointments: I will be talking with Lisa Grant this evening on Talk Radio Europe, addressing the fallout from the Iowa result and the implications for the GOP race. Listen live from 19:15 GMT this evening at: http://www.talkradioeurope.com/

Tomorrow I will be a guest on the Voice of Russia, discussing the defence cuts that President Obama is announcing today and their implications for the United States military capability. The show is recording tomorrow, and I will post once I know an air time.

I am also working on a paper addressing the use of warfare to gain and secure elected office, which I anticipate getting to print later in the year.

I hope that you have all had a great Christmas break and that you all have a wonderful 2012.

JDB on Talk Radio Europe This Evening

I will be returning to the international airwaves this evening in discussion with Lisa Grant of Talk Radio Europe.

As 2012 draws near the political race in the United States is beginning to heat up and we will be discussing the sudden rise of Newt Gingrich, the overall political situation in the U.S and the rise of violence on the Mexican side of the border.

Tune in

JDB Addresses ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement on Talk Radio Europe

Ahead of my departure for Los Angeles I have recorded an interview with Lisa Grant of Talk Radio Europe addressing the growing unrest across the United States that is occurring under the banner of Occupy Wall Street.

With reports of unrest and disturbances on both sides how will this ply out in light of the forthcoming presidential election? Will the protestors get their way or will their very efforts undermine their aspirations for change and contribute instead to a backlash akin to the Silent Majority of the late 1960s?

Tune in on October 12 at 20:20 GMT to hear my thoughts on this.

http://www.talkradioeurope.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1676&Itemid=125

You may also be interested in this piece by Tim Stanley in the Telegraph.

JDB in Conversation with Richie Allen on Talk Radio Europe

I will be returning to the airwaves this evening in my capacity as the Chief North American Correspondent for Talk Radio Europe.

I will be joining Richie Allen’s Evening Show to discuss the financial situation in the United States and the implications for President Obama’s re-election campaign. What impact will this standoff with the Republicans have for the forthcoming presidential election season?

In a wide-ranging session I will also be addressing the growing ramifications of the phone hacking saga as it crosses the Atlantic to draw in former members of Fleet Street now working in the US.

Tune in to hear me discuss these vital issues with Richie Allen on The Tonight Show at 18.00 UK time, 13:00 EST.

Talk Radio Europe is available on-line at http://www.talkradioeurope.com/assets/mediaplayer.php

JDB Returns to the Airwaves with Talk Radio Europe

I will be returning to the airwaves this evening in my capacity as the Chief North American Correspondent for Talk Radio Europe.

Having returned recently from the United States I will be analysing President Obama’s options with regard to the debt ceiling and any impact that the standoff with Republicans may have on the president’s bid for re-election next year.

I will also be addressing the growing international ramifications of the ongoing saga centred on the Murdoch empire as it threatens to consume key members of British society and comes ever closer to David Cameron’s doorstep. What will happen if the crisis crosses the Atlantic?

Tune in to hear me discuss these vital issues with Richie Allen on The Tonight Show at 19.30 UK time, 14:30 EST.

Talk Radio Europe is available on-line at http://www.talkradioeurope.com/assets/mediaplayer.php

JDB Live on Talk Radio Europe Tonight at 18:20 GMT

As the station’s dedicated North American correspondent, I will be talking with Richie Allen on Talk Radio Europe’s Tonight Show, from 6.20pm London Time, that’s 7.20pm in Europe and 1.20pm in New York.

Expect to hear my thoughts and observations on a raft of issues that have arisen in the last few weeks including my take on the Republican Party candidates seeking to replace Obama in the White House come November 2012. 

Obama, U.S. foreign policy and the link with the domestic constituency are all likely be covered, so tune in if you can.

Talk Radio Europe can be accessed on the internet at www.talkradioeurope.com and you can listen live and on-line through the options available at http://www.talkradioeurope.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1676&Itemid=125

Meanwhile, Somewhere in Texas…

Once upon a time there was an American president. No great diplomat, he took pleasure in calling a spade a spade and was beloved by his supporters for his plain-spoken folksiness. He called ‘em as he say ‘em and left no-one in any doubt as to what was on his mind. He was a president in time of war, indeed he faced two major conflicts, one that had widespread support, one that was contentious and would contribute to his downfall. He had no illusions about using American firepower against her enemies though he could do little to prevent a free fall in the polls that saw him leave office with opinion poll ratings in the 20s.

If you still think this is a description of W. then think again. This was Harry S. Truman, whom decades later has been extolled as a ‘near great’ American president whose actions initiated the successful policies that helped ‘win’ the Cold War.

Why is any of this relevant?

What if history is repeating itself?

Consider how the events that are occurring in North Africa right now could be considered to be George W. Bush’s legacy to the world. Recall his Freedom Agenda? What was the theory behind the invasion of Iraq? To export democracy. That removing Saddam from power would give rise to a ripple effect that could lead to a democratic and peaceful Middle East.

We are not there just yet, of course. The concept of a prevailing legacy for Bush was floated before he left office, in part by my good friends Tim Lynch and Rob Singh in their text, After Bush. Not all will agree, and again I direct you to the work of Oz Hassan and his forthcoming text on the subject.

None of this is guaranteed of course, but as I indicated on Talk Radio Europe this evening, it is based on a reading of history that reveals that the past can all too often be manipulated to a political conclusion at odds with thinking at the time. However, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that in years to come, people will look back at the events that occurred this year and link it all back to W. and his polices that were so reviled at the time.

George W. Bush as this generation’s Harry S. Truman? You heard it here first!

JDB Live on Talk Radio Europe Tonight

I will be talking with Richie Allen on Talk Radio Europe’s Tonight Show, from 7pm London Time, that’s 8pm in Europe and 2pm in New York.

Expect to hear my thoughts and observations on a raft of issues that have arisen in the last few weeks including my take on the White House reaction to the events in Egypt and Libya.

Obama, U.S. foreign policy and the role that the British government is playing will all likely be covered, so tune in if you can.

Talk Radio Europe can be accessed on the internet at www.talkradioeurope.com and you can listen live and on-line through the options available at http://www.talkradioeurope.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1676&Itemid=125

JDB and Talk Radio Europe

I am very pleased to announce that I have been appointed as the resident American consultant with Talk Radio Europe.

I will be working with the station to bring my thoughts, views and perspectives on U.S. foreign and domestic policy to their growing band of listeners. As the campaign for the presidency looms large on the horizon, it will be an interesting few months ahead as Barack Obama gears up to fight off his eventual Republican opponent. 

Established to provide the English-speaking communities on the Costas of southern Spain with a range of first class talk programmes and a judicious mix of music, Talk Radio Europe presents a wide variety of programs and presents interviews with a range of interesting guests from around the world. The station has been featured on numerous British factual TV shows and maintains a long-standing association with the British and Foreign press working closely with the BBC, ITV, SKY and RTE (Ireland).

I have been drawn to work with the team at Talk Radio Europe in part due to their continuing charitable and community work that recently saw them repeat their annual Talk Radio Europe Telethon that raised close to €23,00 in aid of Cudeca Hospice, set up by Joan Hunt OBE more than 15 years ago in order to provide palliative care to patients with non-curable cancer in the Málaga province.

I’ve been working with Steve Gilmour and the always wonderful Richie Allen for the past few months and its is a real pleasure to be formally associated with such a great bunch of guys who bring so much entertainment to the expatriate communities in southern Spain.