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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian 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 and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Tuesday
Aug222017

[KOA Denver] August 22nd: Jack Talks Never Ending War in Afghanistan

I appear on KOA Denver on August 22nd.  Mr. Trump sausd he can win in Afghanistan.  OK . . . Genghis Khan couldn't take Afghanistan.  Alexander the Great couldn't either.  Neither could the Russians.  The Brits tried twice. And yet, somehow the Americans are different? Um, yeah, right! That is part of the problem. Afghanistan is barely a country in the current sense. Biding it together is almost impossible. To make matters worse, thinking that you can do it at the point of a gun is pretty foolhardy because this is exactly what everybody else tried to do as well.  And frankly, this will fail.  It may take another 10 or twenty years and billions of dollars and countless lives, but it too will fail.

On that uplifting note . . . 

Tuesday
Aug222017

[RTTV Washington DC] August 21st: Jack Talks Trump's Afghanistan Speech

I appear on RTTV Washington DC on August 21st.  President Trump just gace his first major prime time speech and it was on Afghanistan.  While the speech was very short on specifics, it does does appear to have two elements: more troops and no end date. Of course, the problem is that the U.S. had 100,000 troops in Afghanistan as recently as 2011 and the U.S. didn't win then either. They now have less than 9000 and may increase by around 4000.  its hard to fathom how this is going to turn the tide.

The President says its not about nation building anymore.  However, if you have an incompetent Afghan government, how do you possibly unite a country.  Rather, you deivide it further.  

This is going to be fun.

Friday
Aug182017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] August 18th: Jack Talks Steve Bannon's Ouster

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil. Well, people have been talking about it for days but today, it finally happened. Steve Bannon is out as Mr. Trump Strategic Advisor. Many credited him with providing Trump with his national rhetoric and the base that followed.  The man known for his nationalistic rhetoric and Alt-Right approach, is now but a memory.

The real question is whether this is a good or a bad thing for Trump.  While this certainly gives Bannon more flexibility to maneauver and stoke the base for Trump, it could also damage him.  

With the recent horrific and frankly racist statements made by the President, some have pushed for Bannon's removal.  However, this could certainly alienate those same followers.  The problem is that with historically low numbers as it is, if Trump loses these folks as well, it could leave him with few allies. The net result could be that Republicans who are already uncomfortable with Trump will be even less likely to be afraid of him, criticize him and potentially jump ship.

This may be the front end of a Republican revolt.  We will see.  Regardless, this is going to be an interesting conversation. 

Thursday
Aug172017

[Editorial] Tear Them Down, Every Single One.

Tear them all down. Every single one, including the flags. 

I still remember this day. I'm a former U.S. Federal Agent, a CIA Case Officer, and I was in southern state. I walked into this massive, grand hotel with my partner. As we approached the long white counter to talk to the staff, I saw it, a giant Confederate Flag stretched across the wall. It was huge. I remember looking down at my shoes and then turned to my partner. At first, his face went ashen. That's when I saw it. He took a second, coughed, and then he did something else, he seemed to stand taller. The consummate professional. 

My partner was African American, could speak three languages and was brilliant. I was lucky to work with him and it was regularly my privilege. He was the best of all of us. We went about our business and did what he had to do.

As I look back at that day, many years ago now, I still remember that single moment, my shoes, and that ashen look on his face. But more, it was the look just at the corner of his eyes. It was . . . pain, sadness, anger, frustration? All of em? I don't know. But, I remember feeling all of those things as I thought about my own Luiseno Native American heritage. And yet, while serving his country, while both of us serving our country, this symbol which represents most everything that he and I were fighting against, was held in almost reverence. 

The thought makes me want to vomit to this day. This isn't about heritage unless the heritage we are discussing is the one in which a large swath of this country fought to own people as cattle.

As I have watched what has unraveled over the last few days, I know one thing. We desperately need to remember who we are or at least who we aspire to be. Its clear that this President is incapable of such introspection. However, I still believe that we are more, we are better than this. 

So, tear them all down. Every single one, including the flags.

Thursday
Aug172017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] August 17th: Jack Talks White Supremacy, Monuments and What Matters

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my friend Mike McIntee for an hour.  This was an interesting conversation. I think I was a lot more philosophical than I usually let myself become.  I guess as I watched what was going on in Virginia and the President's idea about race and it really got me thinking about politics, race, and about how I hoped the world would be.  I guess I had a vision about what I thought the President was supposed to do and to be.  I had and, I guess, have the hope that the President represents the best of us and has a vision of the US, and how we fit into the world.  I've always hoped for smarter, wiser, stronger, but also kinder and more introspective.  The fact that we are getting none of that is something I find completely disturbing.  

Let's just say that this was a very interesting discussion.

Tuesday
Aug152017

[Voice of America Intl] August 15th: Jack Talks Mueller Investigation 

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on August 15th.  Well, Bob Mueller's investigation just keeps on rolling.  It is slow, it is methodical and it is persistent. Of course, some want this to go away right now.  Others want answers right now.  However, Bob Mueller is about dotting every I and crossing every T.  The investigation will not be going away anytime soon. And for those calling this "fake news", including Mr. Trump, there is a whole lot of meat on those bones and Mr. Trump's behavior isn't particular helping his case.

This is giong to be an interesting conversaton as always.  Hope you can catch it.

Monday
Aug142017

[I24 International News] August 11th: Jack Talks North Korea and Unnecessary Tensions 

I appear on I24 International News on August 11th.  Its true that Kim Jong-Un's behavior is creating tensions that can be felt from the Korean peninsula to China, Japan and the United States. We also know that he has been rattling the cage since he took power from his father, just like his father did, and just like his grandfather did. The only real difference at this very moment is the occupant of the White House. This isn't to say that this isn't dangerous and that technology is making it worse. Rather, Mr. Trump has turned this into a pissing contest. The problem, if I continue this analogy, is that if somebody blinks, everybody gets wet.  Yeah, sorry about that.

This is going to be a tough converation and we will tlk about some of the possible ramifications and what happens if this goes very very wrong. Hope you can watch.  

Thursday
Aug102017

[KOA Denver] August 9th: Jack Talks Growing U.S./North Korean Tensions

I appear o KOA Radio Denver on August 9th: Tensions are spinning widely out of control between the North Koreans and Donald Trump.  I say Donald Trump rather than the Americans very specifically because it is Dona;d Trump who is exacerbating the tensions. Even his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to calm things down and tried to get the North Koreans and the rest of the world to ignore his boss.  It is quite extrardinary on its face.

The problem with the inconsistencies in American foreign policy is that nobody really knows where the Americans stand.  And with growing tensions alongside the Supreme Leader of North Korea hovering over the button, a huge miscalculation could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.  

Mr. Trump needs to understand that this is not a rally for the faithful in some red state.  If he screws this up, millions could die and it might rightfully be placed in his lap.  I would hope that this would give him pause but I highly doubt it.  

This should be an edgy conversation. 

Tuesday
Aug082017

[RT America] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump Playing a Dangerous Game with North Korea

Tuesday
Aug082017

[I24 International News] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump/North Korea Tensions