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Jack is really a storyteller, 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 as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Tuesday
Apr252017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] April 25: Jack Talks Mike Flynn's Crimes

I appear on Voice of America International on April 25th to discuss recent statements by House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz, a Republican, who acknowledged today alongside others on the Committee that President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have committed a crime when he failed to disclose that he was a foreign agent for the Turks and the Russians.  Of course, this investigation is really about something else.

The real question is whether the Trump team conspired with the Russians to win the election.  What is certain is this:  The Russians tried to manipulate the election.  The Russians tried to support the Trump candidacy over Clinton.  The Russians paid Flynn.  Flynn failed to disclose the information.  Flynn met with the Russian Ambassador, a known intelligence agent  What is necessary now is to determine what did Flynn talk about with the Russians and did Trump conspire alongside Flynn.

This is going to be an interesting conversation 

Tuesday
Apr252017

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 24th: Jack Talks Trump/Russia and the Senate Intel Committee

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 24th at 3:30 p.m. c.s.t.  As the story of Trump and the Russians refuses to die, there are three ongoing investigations, the FBI, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.  While the FBI investigation iis pretty veiled and difficult to figure out at this point, it is clear the the House Intelligence Committee is in turmoil and a political trainwreck  Congressman Nunez has recused himself and the fingerpointing continues. That leaves the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At this point, Senator Burr's Chairmnaship of this Committee certainly has a lot of questions to answer.  For instance, the Committee has interviewed nobody.  In fact, they have subpoened nobody. Further, they have no fulltime staff investigating the matter and of the part time staff they do have, none of them have prosecutorial experience. None of them have investigative experience.  And, none of them have intelligence experience.  So, what exactly are they doing?  At this rate, President Trump will be out of office before anybody even starts addressing the issue of whether or not he or his team colluded with the Russians.  

Lets be clear, this is not fake news. U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russians absolutely attempted to manipulate the Presidential election.  We also know that the Russians were trying to help Trump.  The only question is whether Trump actively or passively accepted that help.  This is what we need to know.

This will be a fun interview.

Sunday
Apr162017

[MSNBC w/ AMJoy] April 16th: Jack Talks North Korea and Trump

I appeart on MSNBC's AM Joy on April 16th at 10 a.m. e.s.t.  North Korea was desperately trying to provoke and manipulate President Trump, and he succeeded.  Trump started tweeting back in the middle of the night asnd played right into the Northern Korean dictator's hands.  Foolish beyond belief.  Trump then sent a Battle group into the region causing even more instability.  The ramifications of this game can be catastrophic.  There are 20K U.S. troops in South Korea and between 25k-40k troop sin Japan.  There are 25 million civilians in Seoul alone.  This is absolutely no the way to approach this.  Unfortunately, Donald Trump is nothing but a hammer and to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  

Saturday
Apr152017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] April 14th: Jack Interviewed about Why U.S. Bombing is about More than Just Afghanistan

The Pentagon dropped the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat, targeting Daesh tunnels in Afghanistan, in what is a show of force intended to send a message to Moscow, Damascus and Pyongyang, political analyst and former CIA officer Jack Rice told Radio Sputnik.

"It certainly was a show of force. Some people look at issues like this and say that they happen in a vacuum, that it only impacts that one region. That's not true anymore," he said. "The Americans didn't even need to disclose this, but they did. They made the decision that they are going to go public with this issue."

The US Central Command confirmed the use of a GBU-43 bomb on Thursday. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, is a thermobaric bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the Pentagon's arsenal.

The official announcement prompted Rice to suggest that the move was meant to send a signal.

"This was designed not just for the theater, not just for Afghanistan. It's also designed for North Korea. The United States has a battle group that's moving towards North Korea as we speak. This is designed for Syria, certainly after 59 Tomahawks were fired there last week. This was designed for Russia so that Russia sees that the Americans are more than willing to fire off whatever it is they feel they are compelled to fire off," he explained.

Last week, United States President Donald Trump authorized a massive airstrike on a military base in Syria in a move that marked a worrying U-turn on Washington's previous stance on the crisis in the Arab country. Several days earlier high-ranking US officials had indicated that Washington readjusted its priorities in Syria, focusing on anti-Daesh efforts instead of President Bashar al-Assad. 

 

"The problem is that it's completely unclear what it is that President Trump is willing to do. His reversals are extraordinary. We can look at what he said about NATO. Now all of a sudden NATO is great. During the election cycle he was saying that it was a disaster, that it was an anachronism that needs to be disbanded," Rice said. "Number two. He was talking about Syria, saying we are going to focus on Daesh and we would ignore Assad. This was within 12 hours of the airstrikes themselves."

 

The analyst further mentioned a U-turn on North Korea.

Washington has recently adopted a hardline stance on Pyongyang, repeatedly saying that the United States could resolve the North Korean issue on its own if other nations, primarily China, do not make an effort.

 

 

The war of words between the United States and North Korea has escalated after Pyongyang stepped up its military efforts, carrying out a series of missile tests and pledging to conduct its sixth nuclear test. As a result, Washington officially ended its policy of "strategic patience" toward the reclusive nation, saying that all options are on the table.

 

In addition, the US Navy sent its Carl Vinson Strike Group to the Korean Peninsula, prompting many to question whether Washington could carry out an attack against Pyongyang. These concerns have also been fueled by the Pentagon's unexpected and unwarranted airstrike on a military base operated by the Syrian Arab Army last week.

Friday
Apr142017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] April 14th: Jack Talks Mother of All Bombs, Syria, North Korea and More

I appear on Sputnik Radio out of Moscow on April 14th.  It feels different in the States right now.  I watched it when the Americans decided to fire 59 tomahawk missiles into Syria. And I saw it again when they used a bomb known as MOAB that carried 11,000 lbs of exposives into Afghanistan.  I even see it when President Trump sends a U.S. Naval battle group to North Korea.  A lot of people in U.S. like it. I think they like the feeling of strength and certinty in an uncertain world. However, a strange aspect of it is that these same people seem to see this like a sports contest of sorts.  Similar analogies are even being used.  My guess is that few to none of these people have death as a result of war up close and personal.  Maybe if they were a lot closer to the action, they might reconsider their positions.  Lets hope they never have to . . . I recall Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Kosovo, Palestine, and more.  They all come back at me as I watch and cover this. 

This will be an interesting conversation.  It has been reported that Sputnik is controled by Putin and therefore is nothing but propaganda.  Of course, the same could be said for muich of American media.  Everybody has their own ax to grind.  My intent is to just tell the truth based upon how I see it.  Can't really do much more than that.  Hope you can catch it.  

Thursday
Apr132017

[Russian TV Moscow] April 13th: Jack Talks World Concerns over Latest U.S. Strike in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV out of Moscow on April 13th at 6 p.m. e.s.t.   The U.S. is still in the wake of its strike in Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles. Now, with the dropping of a huge conventional bomb with 11,000 lbs of explosives in Afghanistan, and a U.S. Battle Group on their way to North Korea, the rest of the world is extremely nervous about exactly what is going on.  Combine that with all that is going on with the Trump/Russian investigation alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent visit to Moscow as well as the G7, there is an extraordinary amount happening in the world.  

So, I'll appear with the Russians and try to take a breath and hit this as broadly and thuroughly as I can.  Of course, the Russian government has their own agenda but so do the Americans and everybody else.  I just call em as I see em.

If you can get it, hope you will watch.

Thursday
Apr132017

[Fox 9 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks Why the U.S. Loves Big Bombs.

I appear on Fox 9 Minneapolis on April 13th at 9 p.m. c.s.t.  I like big bombs and I cannot lie . . . or something like that.  Its strange how America'as citizens seem to wake up and instinctively cheer when we kill people, blow things up or pound our collective chest.  It is a really interesting phenomenon but it continues to hold true.  And then this latest story of a bomb that carries 11,000 lbs of explosives known as a MOAB?  Oh, the rapture.  It's pretty wild actually.nn I will appear and talk about what the UlS., was trying to do, whether it was successful and whwther it will make any difference.   

Thursday
Apr132017

[Kare 11 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks The Mother of All Bombs

I appear on Kare 11 in Minneapolis on April 13th at 5 p.m. c.s.t.  The U.S. military just dropped the largest conventional they have in their arsenal in eastern Afghanistan known as a MOAB.  They decided to target an ISIS cave complex. This comes just after a U.S. attack in Syria and as the situation heats up in North Korea. This is an interesting development and may be foreshadowing of things to come. All of this is taking place while the investigaiton involving Terump and the Russians continues to gain steam.  Many continue to ask is these two issues are interconnected.  Fascinating.

Hope you can watch.

 

Wednesday
Apr122017

[KOA Denver] April 13th: Jack Talks FISA Warrant for Trump Advisor 

I appear on KOA Denver with Steffan Tubbs on April 13th at 8:20 a.m. e.s.t.  The Washington Post reported that the FBI has been investigating Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page since 2013.  This is an extraordinary revelation considering Page's multiple contacts with Russian Intelligence operatives.  This is the deepest connection to Russian spying to date and there is a lot to talk about.

This is going to be fun. 

Wednesday
Apr122017

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 12th: Jack Talks Russia's Intentions

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil on April 12th at 3:00 p.m.  With the constant drip drip drip of stories coming out about Russia and the Trump Administration, it is sometimes easy to miss the big picture. What exactly is Russia doing and why?  We need to contemplate where Russia was before the fall of the Berlin Wall and  the "end of the cold war."  The Soviet Union became a has-been and was laughed off of the world stage.  However, the Riussians never thought of it that way and Vladimir Putin has had very different ideas for a long time.  Contemplate what they are doing in the Middle East right now.  They have been having a dramatic impact in Iran, in Syria, in Turkey and more. Consider Russia's willingness to reach back into the former Soviet Republics and what they did in the Crimea. They aren't done and they have cconcept of Russia's rightful place in the world  

I will appear with Matt to talk big picture about where Russia is going and what is coming next.  There is a lot to talk about and few to nobody is actually doing it.  This is going to be something worth listening to I believe. I hope you can catch it.