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Jack is really a storyteller and explorer and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Monday
Jan162017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] January 16th: Jack Talks Trump's Foreign Policy

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on January 16th at 4 p.m. c.s.t. to discuss the Secretary of State designate and President elect Trump's possible foreign policy.  From lifting sanctions on Russia to disrupting the One China policy to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the ramifications of what this soon to be President could do is, frankly, astounding.  We will dig into this issue and talk about what may happen in the first 100 days.

Hope you can listen.  

Thursday
Jan122017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] January 12th: Jack Talks Russian Hacking and Trump

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil to discuss the latest on 17 U.S. Intelligence organizations all coming together to determine that the Russians not only attmepted to hack U.S. websites but attempted to impact the elections and that Putin himself was orchestrating the operation.  It is an extraordinary story and one we will continue to follow.  

Hope you can catch it.  

Tuesday
Dec202016

[CNBC Singapore] December 20th: Jack Talks the Latest on the Berlin Attack and What it Means for Europe

I appear on CNBC Singapore tonight at 6 p.m. est to discuss the recent terrorism attack in Berlin and what it means.  Chancellor Merkel is seeking a fourth term and the ramification of an attack in Berlin could cause her additional problems.  More than 1 million refugees have come to Germany as a result of the war in Iraq and Syria and many are very unhappy.  What are the ramifications?

In addition, I will be discussing the recent assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey and what this means.  The ramifications could be huge and may, strangely, result in the closer relationship between the Turks and the Russians.  The West should be watching this closely and it is unclear whether they are.

This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Tuesday
Dec202016

[KOA Denver] December 20th: Jack Talks Terrorism and Berlin Attack

Just appeared on KOA in Denver with Steffan Tubbs to talk about the recent attack in Berlin. At this point, we know that 12 have been killed and more than 48 have been injured. While an attack isn't certain, this carries all of the signs of ISIS. Its reminiscent of Nice and prior car attacks. Europe is certainly taking a deep breath right now considering that yesterday the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated by a Turkish cop.

Wednesday
Dec072016

[AM 950 Minneapolis] December 6th: Jack Talks China and Trump's Call with Taiwan Pres.

I appear on AM950 in Mpls at 3:30 pm ct to discuss China & why breaking diplomatic protocols with Taiwan is so massive & why State Dept is apoplectic.  No US President has spoken with a Taiwanese President since 1979.  The was extremely purposeful.  The Chinese have called Taiwan a rogue state and would be willing to take it back by force.  With so many issues on the table like the South China Sea and trade, to simply make this blunder is ridiculous when it beings no political or diplomatic benefit.  So much for art of the deal.

Hope you can listen.

Thursday
Dec012016

[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] December 1st: Jack Talks Militarization of Trump Cabinet

I appear on WCCO Radio, my old stomping grounds, tonight at 9:00 p.m. c.t.  The President elect was highly critical of the generals runnings the wars over the last few years.  And yet, he has already brought in General Flynn as National Security Advisor and Gen "Mad Dog Mattis" as Secretary of Defense.  He is also considering bringing in Gen Petraeus to the State Department helm.  What are the implications of brining men who fight wars to run the government?  Some would argue that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Do you think that that is the case?

This should be an interesting conversation. 

Wednesday
Nov302016

[Russian TV] November 30th: Jack Talks Ohio State Attack and Racial Backlash

I appear on Russian TV every so often to talk the recent attack that killed 11 and injured more allegedly committed by a young Somali refugee who may have been inspired by IS.  Being based in the Twin Cities here in Minnesota, this is the largest groups of Somali Americans outside of Somalia.  Also, IS and Al Shabaab have both been extremely successful at targeting young men in this community to work on their behalf.  There have been multiple young men who were recently convicted of trying to go to Syria to fight on behalf of IS.  This is quite troubling.

The blowback to these attacks in the Somali community here is equally troubling.  Because of simplistic and sometimes racist views, the entire community is being targeted. Sadly, this actually exacerbates the problem and makes it even easier for IS to recruit. As a result, Americans, Western Europeans and Russians need to make the distinction between those recruited and those in the community.  They are simply not one in the same.  This is critical to fighting ISIS and supporting these communities.  

This promises to be an interesting conversation.

Wednesday
Nov302016

[AM950 Radio] November 30th: Jack talks Trump's New Cabinet

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis today at 4:35 p.m. c.t. to discuss President-elect Trump's possible cabinet picks.  While there are still multiple cabinet positions that still need to be filled, I am going to focus on the position of Secretary of State.  At this point, the two leading candidates seem to be Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.  As I contemplate these two choices, both of whom I have interviewed over the years, my perception is that Romney, who was not a Trump ally, may be the front runner.  I believe this to be the case because of temperament and personality.  Sen. Bob Corker and former CIA Director David Petraeus are also possible options and may take the position based upon experience and connections.

This will be an interesting conversation.  

Friday
Nov182016

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Friday
Nov182016

[KOA Denver] November 17th: Jack Talks Trump Foreign Policy

I appear on KOA in Denver with Steffan Tubbs on Thursday, November 17th at 8:10 a.m. President elect Trump certainly has a full plate to deal with at the moment. While domestic issues are front and center, they may be crowded out by international concerns. What's he going to do in Syria?  What about ISIS?  How about his relationship with Vladimir Putin?  We haven't even mentioned the Iran deal, North Korea and on and on and on.

The President-elect says America first. So, what exactly does that mean. Preemptive strikes?  More aggressive? Bring the troops home? Can't exactly go both ways.  

This is going to be fun. Steffan and I have been friends for years, first meeting on our way to Iraq.  Further, we learned and have laughed about both being born in the same small hospital in a little town in California called Escondido.

I'm really looking forward to this.