It’s a wrap! Recap of the Feb. 25 “The Brenner Brief” radio show

Monday, Feb. 25 on The Brenner Brief Radio Show, Sara Marie Brenner discussed everything from the Oscars, to the Obama’s administration’s establishment of drone bases in northern Africa.

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Sara Marie Brenner is the Creator & Editor of The Brenner Brief, and host of the radio show. Twitter: @saramarietweets

The show’s first interview was a must hear for any business owner in today’s still failing economy. John Mariotti, a contributor to The Brenner Brief, is the author of the new book Roadmap to Profitable Growth. As the former President of Huffy Bicycles and Rubbermaid Office Products, Mariotti has identified the “four paths to profitable growth,” which he has shared in an easy to digest read. Of the ten books he has written, two of which are award-winning, John says “pound for pound” he has crammed “more useful info than ever before” into this “labor of love.”

In this difficult economy, Mariotti has outlined the tools that he has given to businesses over his 17 plus years of consulting. His latest column, Four Paths on the Roadmap to Profitable Growth, summarizes the principles that businesses can use to find and keep their competitive advantage. Whether large or small, these principles will give businesses the tools they need to survive and thrive in the Obama economy.

Brenner’s next guest, Dr. James Boys, discussed the controversial developments of the Obama administration’s drone program. Dr. Boys is an expert in foreign affairs and professor at King’s College in London. The Obama administration has decided to establish drone bases in northern Africa to carry out strikes against alleged Islamic terrorists.

Boys highlighted the difference between the media’s perceptions regarding the use of drones by President Bush’s administration, contrasted with the same policies throughout the Clinton and Obama administrations. Despite keeping and expanding Bush-era policies, the media, unsurprisingly, has refused to bring down the same amount of heat on President Obama. The media in the UK has also failed to scrutinize the current administration, therefore, drone perceptions have not soured among the British people.

The use of drones has origins in Afghanistan during the Clinton years, when the goal was to survey and strike targets such as Osama Bin Laden. While the media, scholars, and others have focused on changes in policy, Boys looks at the “continuity” of policy. As is the case with the media during the Obama administration, they were similarly reluctant to criticize Clinton.

The use of drones, Boys says, “is a growth industry”. He expects to see bases established throughout northern Africa as a “preemptive measure”, as the benefits of drone use are bound to be realized by other nations. Government views drones as the “perfect weapon” says Boys, allowing government to “get around” conventional issues such as expense, reaction to having boots on the ground, and backlash from unilateral action.

The concern regarding drone usage has already been mounting in the United States as of late, and has generated considerable attention. As Brenner points out, there are “Big Brother” concerns regarding drones operating in the United States. Also, unlike post war periods in the 20th century, Brenner asks, “who will clean up the mess?” It is difficult to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East, if there is nobody to rebuild infrastructure as the United States has done in the past.

Regarding drone usage in the continental United States, he expects to see studies in the legalities of drone use increase but, Boys says he “will not be surprised when it is widely used in the continental United States, especially for border patrol and immigration.” Of course, the CIA does not have a mandate to legally operate within the United States but, satellites have already conducted surveillance on targets in the country.

As far as infrastructure, Dr. Boys sees drones as the “next phase” in the war on terror. The conflict is what President Bush described it to be — “a different kind of war.” As the United States draws down, first in Iraq and now Afghanistan, the drone presence will serve as a way to confront the challenges of non-state actors.

This week in London, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on the issues facing Syria, Israel, Iran, and the possibility of a new trade organization. Boys agrees that, “the United States ought to be standing side-by-side with the United Kingdom” to help rebuild these nations.

Speaking of government invasions of our privacy, contributor to The Brenner Brief and radio personality Justine Bartko Thomas, discussed her previous column concerning public perception of government. In Majority View Government as Threat to Personal Rights, she identifies one potential reason so many Americans feel this way about our government.

Thomas tells the story of her niece who had been informed, as well as the rest of her coworkers, that she was to wear sweats to work the following day. They were forced to take a physical fitness-like medical exam for purposes of health insurance. Many were found to have weight concerns, were smokers, among other risks to policy insurers. Premiums increased in some cases almost $300.00, which caused some workers to lose their insurance.

Thomas has been in radio and entertainment for over 25 years. Her latest column, Something More to the Pope’s Resignation, explores potential hidden story lines behind Pope Benedict’s decision to resign. She encourages others to follow her on Facebook to discuss these and other issues important to you. You can connect with her on Facebook here.

If you missed Monday’s great show, or any of The Brenner Brief Radio Shows with Sara Marie Brenner, you can find all of the show archives here.

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