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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 and trial skills teacher aroud the world, 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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Thursday
Apr192018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] April 19th: Trump Brings in Giuliana and Goes on the Offensive

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on April 19th. Trump has gone through a lot of lawyers designed to defend him against claims of collusion with the Russians. As the investigation by Mueller and others continues to gain steam, he has decided to bring in firebrand and verbal bomb thrower Rudy Giuliani. The question will be whether this will help the President or not. We will discuss the possible ramificaiton sof bringing Giuliani in.

This will be an interesting conversation. 

Wednesday
Apr182018

[I24 International] April 18th: Trump to Meet with Kim.

Monday
Apr162018

On my way to the Republic of Georgia

The Republic of Georgia has had to fight for its own voice forever.  In the 13th Century, the Mongols swept across Central Asia and wrapped up the Caucuses and much of everything else in their wake in their effort for world domination.  The influence lasted for hundreds of years. Subsequently, the Georgians were dominated by the Ottomans and the Persians until the beginning of the 19th Century when the Russians exerted their own form of dominance.  In one for or another, that dominance lasted until 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union and the Georgians' Declaration of Independence. Nevertheless, the Georgians have founds various ways to let their voices be heard. Hell, they have been making some of the best wine on the planet for thousands of years. 

Since the desintigration of the Soviet Union, Georgia has sought independence and frequently looked to the West for it while being very aware of the threat from the Russians to the north. When the 2008 war broke about between the Russians and the Georgians, it only highlighted the tensions.  While those tensions have abated to some degree, they still exist to this day.

Even today, Georgia is in an interesting place. With Turkey to the southeast, which is frequently looking to Moscow more than to London, Brussels or Washington DC, and the colossus Russia just to the north and regularly encroaching further and further south, Georgia continues to stand tall.

I leave for the Republic of Georgia in the coming weeks.  As this trip has the potential to particularly unique, I hope to put you in my rucksack and take you along.  

Come back as I continue to post updates. 

Saturday
Apr142018

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 14th: Trump Talks Tough on Syria.

I appear on AM950 in Minneapolis with Mike McIntee. The Syrians have apparently used chemical weapons against their own people again.  This is nowhere near the first time the Syrian have committed atrocities against their own people.  It is truly despicable and unacceptable. In fact this kind of behavior has been going on consistently now for several years.  And yet, this President all of a sudden has decided that it is over the line now when just two weeks ago he said he was going to pull out of Syria. The real problem is that he is all over the board and does not seem to have a coherent strategy.

This will be interesting.

Friday
Apr132018

[KNUS Denver] April 14th: Syria is Not a Boardgame

I appear on KNUS Denver with my old friend Steffan Tubbs. President Trump is talking tough on Syria after the Syrians apparently used WMD against their own citizens.  It is nothing short of horrific.  And yet, the President bounces back and forth about policies in the region.  This is not about going one direction or the other.  In fact, many directions have their pluses and minuses but when you do what thing, reverse course, reverse course again, you have almost all minuses. So, where is the President taking the country exactly?

This is the conversation.

Tuesday
Apr102018

[Nicole Sandler Show] April 10th: Russia Investigation Hits Close to Trump Home.

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on April 10th.  While this investigation has been going on for months, it hit the media like a fire storm and it should.  Michael Cohen has been President Trump's fixer, bagman and lawyer for the last 10 years. Some of the dirtier work the President wanted done, he apparently turned to Cohen. The FBI had a dozen agents storm is offices and residence, snatching up all kids of information, documents, computers, cell phones and more. 

The President went berserk and rightfully so,  This may be the closest the investigation has taken to hit the President in the crown jewels.  Cohen was involved in dealing across the world and domestically including the payoff to Stormy Daniels of $130,000.  This is going to get insane.  One big issue to discuss is attorney client privilege.  A very big deal and one that could play an interesting role.

This is going to be fun. 

Monday
Apr092018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] April 9th: FBI Raids Trump's Lawyer's Offices

I appear on Voice of America International edition on April 9th. The net continues to tighten around the President. It is unclear whether the warrants issued apply to the President or are limited Lawyer Michael Cohen or others. What is clear is that the FBI was able to get warrants to search Cohen's offices and his residence. Further, these Agents are different that Mueller and his team and likely had to receive approval from those in the Justice Department who might even consider themselves Trump supporters.

This is going to a really interesting conversation.