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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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Tuesday
Jan012019

Rule of Law: Its Not that Much Different in the U.S. or the Republic of Georgia

Tuesday
Oct092018

Nikki Haley Resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley resigned as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations today.  She claims that this was in the planning for months and months but today was the first that the U.S. public or her staff have heard anything about it. Some have questioned the timing of this resignations and spurred questions regarding a possible run for the Presidency.  

Polling has suggested that she is the most popular of all of Trump's high level officials and might even challenge Trump himself.  Considering the fire in the public regarding Kavanaugh and the possibility of the midterms as well as the Mueller investigation, it seems that some in the GOP are lining up quietly behind her. We will see.

I will appear on Press TV International News out of Tehran, Iran to discuss the ramifications.  

 

Friday
Oct052018

Russian Cyber-Attacks Increasing Worldwide

Great Britain.  The Netherlands.  The United States.  The World.  Worldwide, the Russians have become increasingly aggressive, focused and successful in their cyber efforts to infiltrate and manipulate their adversaries. In the past, we have seen this in , Ukraine, Georgia and other parts of the Eastern block.  Then things really changed.  Think, Germany, France, Britain, U.S. and more.  

Let's face it, they are very very good at it. It really isn't particularly shocking considering the fact that it is cheap, relatively easy compared to war, needs a sophisticated and energized internal organization to pull it off, and . . . its effective.  The Russians have all of this and more.  

Just the other day, Russian intelligence operatives from the GRU, Russian Military Intelligence, were picked up in the Netherlands after targeting a chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization to Prohibit Chemical Weapons.  Seven more were indicted in the U.S. and the Brits are losing their minds, rightfully so.

I will appear on I2 International News to discuss the ramaifations and how the U.S. and the West still haven't come up with an adequate response.

Friday
Sep282018

Will Ford's Credible Allegations Against Kavanaugh Make Any Difference?

 

 

Thursday
Sep272018

Who Wins in the He Said She Said Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing

Judge Kavanaugh appeared again today before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations regarding an attempted sexual assault while the two were in high school. As both appeared before the Committee today, there seemed to be two issues happening at the same time. The first is, of course, whether or not Kavanaugh can be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. However, it also seemed clear from both sides of the political aisle that the bigger issue is the personal survival of the Senators themselves and what will happen in the midterm elections in the next six weeks.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to talk about the ramifications and exactly what comes next.  

Thursday
Sep272018

OPSEC is a Beast

Operational Security is something that the professionals have been struggling for years.  It is based upon changing technology and abilities to defend as well as the capabilities of adversaries to wreak the havoc that they espouse. Operational security is something that the U.S. Secret thinks about every day, especially when it comes to the President of the United States.

They Secret Service has just rolled out "The Beast." This is the New General Motors Cadillac Presidential Limousine, again, known effectionately as The Beast.  Its 20,000 lbs and is, to put it bluntly, not a car, not a GM, not a Cadillac.  It is a tank on wheels.  One can run a country from it, it is hermetically sealed, armed and can take a hit like, well, a tank.  It is nothing short of astounding.

I appear on I24 International News to take look at The Beast.  Should be fun, ridiculous and a lot lighter than my usual topics.

Wednesday
Sep262018

Trump Rejects Globalism as Russia Embraces It

President Trump spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and unequivocally rejected globalism and embraced nationalism and patriotism.  As he withdraws from the world to leave all to their own devices, the Russians are doing just the opposite.

President Putin intends to sell advanced missiles to the Syrians in support of the regime. Assad is alive and well and is continuing to take back all of Syria with the help of the Russians and the Iranians.  Further, The Russians are expanding their influence in the region and seeking to become the driving force and it's geo-political epicenter. They are certainly succeeding. The problem is that the countries in the region will be looking to the Russians rather than the Americans.  This will impact trade, development, terrorism, immigration and more.  As Russia's influence grows, the Americans influence shrinks.

I will appear on I24 International News to talk the latest in Syria and how President Trump's words at the UN highlight America's future.

Tuesday
Sep252018

Trump the Strongman Flexes at United Nations HQ

President Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today. To be honest, he almost sounded like every totalitarian dictator I have heard.  He completely rejects globalism.  And yet, how is it that the U.S. became the most powerful country on the planet.  He completely rejects the ICC and its legitimacy and yet in some parts of the world, it in the only thing that has brought any justice whatsoever.  He continues to ratchet up threats against the Iranians and his advisor just days ago said that there will be regime change in Iran. He is arguing soverignty and yet is demanding the Chinese and others do what the Americans want.  Just odd.  

This is an extraordinary time in history and the Republicans seem more interested in sitting back and watching the insanity because he is their guy. The entire has world is watching with concern and dread in some cases. This President is exacerbating that.

Today, I will appear on Press TV Tehran to discuss.  It is particularly interesting as this is not an academic question when the President and his advisors have threatened to remove your democratically elected leadership - and not for the first time.

I hope you can watch.

Sunday
Sep232018

If You Don't Have the Facts, Attack the Messenger

"Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger."  Its language that has been used in countless movies, screen plays and sonnets since time immemorial.  But I guess its only natural. One place where I've absolutely seen it is in courtrooms.  

This is a tool used by prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys all of the time.  If you have the facts on your side, you use them.  If you don't, you attack the credibility of the messenger, or witness, in order to undercut the legitimacy of the facts that they are presenting.

President Trump and his supporters have been doing this incessently for more than a year and a hald now as it applies to the Mueller investigation. And their strategy is quite clear to any of us who walk into courtrooms everyday, please ignore the facts the other side is presenting and believe us instead.  This might even mean, if the most extensive investigation in modern history comes to a certain conclusion, just ignore it.  

I will appear on MSNBC today to discuss the latest involving the investigation, recent allegations involving Rod Rosenstein and more. Hope you can catch it.