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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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Friday
Jul212017

[Russian TV Moscow] July 21st: Jack Talks U.S. Losing in Afghanistan

I appear on Russia TV Moscow on July 21st. The U.S. is losing the war in Afghanistan.  Its objetively true.  In fact, the Taliban now controls more terrirtory in the country than anytime since 9/11.  Contemplate that for a second.

The U.S. acknowledged today that they inadvertantly bombed Afghani soldiers and civilians in Helmund province.  In fact, record numbers of Afghani civilians have have been hit by American and Afghani Airforce airstrikes. What doesn't help is that the numbers of U.S. and Ag=fghani sorties has increased to more than 1500 in 2016 and already more than 1000 this year.  As a result, statistically, the chance for inadvertant bombings simply increases.  However, everytime this happens, it makes it even harder for the Americans to be successful.  And again, they aren't winning. 

This should be an interesting conversation.  Further, considering  

Thursday
Jul202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] July 20th: Jack Talks the World Including Trump, Sessions, CIA Ops in Syria and More

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil on July 20th at 3:30 p.m c.s.t.  With so much going on in the world right, its hard to know where we will start.  The Middle East contonues to spin and we will likely discuss Mosul and the sweeping out of ISIS but also the rise on Iran as well as the President's announcement that he is going to stop CIA covert ops in Syria to topple Bashar al Assad from power.  

We will also address some really interesting developments regarding President Trump and his Attormey General Jeff Sessions.  Apparently, if the President knew that Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump wouldn't have tapped him for the position.  This is startling consider the reason for Sessions' recusal or maybe that is exactly the point.  

This promises to be spicy.  Hope you can catch it.  

Thursday
Jul202017

[RTTV Washington DC] July 20th: Jack Talks Whether Turks Disclosed Classified U.S. Intel

I appear on RTTV with Ed Schultz on July 20th at 8 p.m. e.t.  Its no secret that th realtionsihp between the U.S. and the Turks has deteriorated. Frankly, the relationship between the Turks and the entire EU has deteriorated. Also, President Erdogan currently has sacked more than 150,000 people, arrested or indicted 50,000 and currently has more journalists in jail than any country on the planet.  Frankly, he is a democratically elected totalitarian dictator.  

One of the biggest reasons for the fight has to do with the definitation of a terrorist. The Turks think the Kurds are terrorists. The PKK is considered a terrorist gorup by the Turks and to be honest, the Americans and the EU. The problem is that the U.S.'s closest ally in Syria Turkish organization known as the PYD.  They are a Kurdish gorup whom the Turks also consider terrorists. They work very closely with the U.S.

It has been reported that the Turks released classified info about 10 secret U.S. bases including location, number and makeup of personnel and general operations.  To be specific, a story was released by the Turkish state-run Anadalou News Agency which released all of this information. Reporters from this state-run organizatoin claim this was their own investigation and also from public sources based upon statements from the PYD. However, this would absolutely not been allowed without the consent of Erdogan, who has clamped down on the media more than any country right now and those who don't play by his dictates has been sen tot prison. Also, the ongoing animosity is palpable.

This will be an interesting interview tonight. 

 

Wednesday
Jul192017

Jack Getting Ready to Go on the Air to Talk Covert Ops

Wednesday
Jul192017

[I24 International News] July 19th: Jack Talks U.S. Ending CIA Covert Ops in Support of Rebels in Syria

I appear on I24 International News at 9:15 p.m. e.s.t. The Trump Administration stated that they intend to end CIA operations in Syrian to help train and arm Rebels against the Damascus regime.  This cuts against the Obama Administration and is consistent with what the Russians have been trying to do the entire time. The Russians have continued to support and arm President Assad against those same rebels. President Trump claims that the focus needs to be on ISIS and not Assad.

I appear appear on I24 International to discuss the ramifications of such a move.  The U.S. has long standing problems in the region and to decision cuts against the chemical weapons attacks conducted by the Assad regime against civilians.  Where will this go next?  A lot of questions.

This should be interesting.

Saturday
Jul152017

[I24 International News] July 14th: Jack Talks Trump Junior's Creative Truths

I appear on I24 International News on July 14th.  Donald Trump Jr. just met with a Russian lawyer back in June 2016 to talk about Russian adoptions.  That's it nothing more. Then, well, it wasn't exactly just Russian adoptions, it was also dirt on Hillary Clinton that this Russian lawyer has.  Um, well, then, it wasn't just a Russian lawyer, it was a Russian lawyer who was bringing information from the Russian government who wanted to help his father, Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency.  Oh, and Jared Kusher, Trump's Senior Advisor, and Paul Manafort , his campaign chairman also appeared.  And, yup, there's more.  Also present was a former Russian Counter-Intelligence official.  Yeah, we can't make this up.

Now, let's consider, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all lied about their contacts with Russian officials.  OK, they forget about a bunch of contacts with Russian officials.  At the same time, the Russians absolutely hacked into government data bases and tried to impact U.S. elections and Mr. Trump fired the man responsible for figuring out whether Trump and his team were involved in the elections.

How do I say this . . . innocent people don't act this way.  Stories don't change.  The truth is the truth is the truth.  

This should be an interesting conversation.

Thursday
Jul132017

[RT America] July 13th: Jack Talks Trump's France Trip

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz. After a very bumpy start with French President Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying for a reset. He arrived to celebrate Bastille Day and to discuss terrorism, Syria, trade, the environment and more. Also, its clear the President Macron pulled out all of the stops to try to connect with the American President and establish the long standing ties that exist between the French and the Americans. 

While all of this is going on, the investigation into possible collusion by the Trump team and the Russians continues to percolate with the latest involving Donald Trump Jr. along with Jared Kushner and and Paul Manafort actually meeting with a Russian lawyer representing the Russian government whom they believe to possess dirt on Hillary Clinton.  

So, a very interesting set of meetings.  This should be a fun conversation.  

 

Tuesday
Jul112017

[Voice of America Intl] July 11th: Jack Talks Jr, Manafort and Kushner Meeting with Russian Operative

I appear on Voice of America International Edition. This is an extraordinary development. From the beginning, the Trump Administration has claimed they had no contact with the Russians and that was fake news. The problem, of course, is that they have had extraordinary contact with the Russians. The latest revelation is pretty astounding in itself but consider it in context of all of the previous pieces of information and it is potentially quite explosive.

According to the New York Times and then reiterated by Jr. himself after forced into a corner, Jr. thought he was dealing with a Russian government contact who had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Of course, there is a real question about why he didn't go directly to the FBI.  He didn't. Instead, his response was to say, "seems we have some time and if its what you say, I love it especially later in the summer."  This is extraordinary as it feels like collusion. Further, the Russians then released a ton of information through Wikileaks "later in the summer."  Coincidence?  Hell of a coincidence.

One last point, some have attempted to argue that Jr. is not a White House official in any sense.  Of course, that ignores that possibility that his father was made aware of the situation.  That has yet to be determined. However, what we do know if that Jr. Paul Manafort, the Director of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, and Donald Trump's senior advisor and dson-in-law Jared Kushner were all present for a meeting  with this Russian lawyer. 

Robert Mueller, Special Counsel investigating the Trump/Russia connections, just announced they will be looking into the emails of Jr. as part of their broader investigaiton.

Yeah, this story has legs.  

 

Monday
Jul102017

[WVLY West Virginia] July 10th: Jack Talks Trump's Isolationism

I appear on WVLY West Virginia on July 10th.  As Mr. Trump returns from the G20, a lot of people are trying to understand the take-aways.  To begin with, there were major issues that were being addressed at the Summit, climate change, meaning the Paris Accords, and trade agreements. Unfortunately, in many ways, the U.S. was hardly involved in either.

One has to give Mr. Trump at least a little credit.  He said climate change was a hoax and that he was going to pull out of the Accords.  He has done so. Of course, with the help of big U.S. oil companies, he and his supporters bought into this concept while the rest of the world in a united front disagree. As a result, as the world attempts to address this issue, the U.S. is shunted to the side and ignored.

The other issue discussed was free trade.  In fact, a massive agreement did take place between the European Union and Japan for a free trade agreement.  Was the U.S. involved?  Nope. Mr. Trump's protectionist statements and new stance insured that the U.S. was on the sidelines and therefore had absolutely no impact on the agreement.  This agreement is larger than all of U.S. trade combined.

In the end, the problem is these two areas do not work in isolation. All of these other countries see these areas as very important and are doing more than moving forward without the U.S., they are purposely ignoring the U.S., excluding them from the room, and pushing them from the epicenter of world power.  

Some may argue that that isn't a bad thing.  It is.  When you are at the epicenter, when you are at the table, you get to dictate terms.  Think of it like the U.S. House ad Senate.  The majority party gets majority in the committees and subcommittees. However, what one the most important things they really get is control of the agenda.  This is a big part of what the U.S. is losing, the ability to dictate agenda.  And most importantly, they are losing power.

This will be fun. 

Saturday
Jul082017

[MSNBC's AmJoy] July 8th: Jack Talks Trump and the World

I appear on MSNBC's AmJoy this morning with Jonathan Capehart.  Donald Trump just finished his trip to Europe to attend the G20 DSummit and after a speech in Poland.  It was an extraordinary trip in that it highlighted one fundamental  premise: going it alone in a globalised society is a guarantee for failure.  Sadly, Mr. Trump seems completely incapable of seeing it.  Further, he had a chance to sit down with Russians Vladimir Putin and apparently gave him a pass.  Truly extraordinary considering the circusmtances.

I will talk about these issues, North Korea, and what comes next.  This is always a lot of fun and stretches me to think on my feet.