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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

Thursday
Oct252018

It is called Murder and the Saudis Did It

The Saudis admitted today that the death of Jamal Khashoggi was "premeditated."  In other words, it was planned.  Premeditated is an interested word.  As a former Prosecutor and Criminal Defense Attorney, I walk into courtrooms everyday and that is a words that is not thrown around lightly.  In fact this is the word you use only when this is your cold, thought out and intended decision.  In other words, this is called murder.

The Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi.  So, why would the Saudi admit this after lying, and I use these words purposely, every single day?  Simply put, they had no choice.  They were backed into a corner and every story they concocted fell apart and was laughable on its face.

So what's the point?  Simple.  To things. Protect the King. And protect the Crown Prince.  Ok, so how do you do that? Well, you sometimes have one choice: embrace what is objectively true (because you have no choice) and them find a way to protect them.  So, the answer is that they will claim this was planned without their knowledge and consent.  Further, they themselves will likely change some of the 18 operatives they sent to Istanbul and they will pay the price for the protection of the Kingdom.

Watch.  You'll see.  I appear on Voice of America to discuss.  

Monday
Oct222018

Is Trump Restarting a Nuclear Arms Race?

President Trump told reporters that he is pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 by Reagan and Gorbachev.  The Cold War era treaty had one goal, to ban medium range missiles that were then threatening Europe.  Trump claims that the Russians are violating the treaty and it is an anachronism. And just for full disclosure, President Obama said the same thing but decided to stay in the Treaty.

The question is, why now? Will this create a new nuclear arms race?  

There seems to be a couple of reasons for concern.  First, Trump likes weapons, a lot.  He has upped spending even for weapons that might have been useful during the Cold War but have dubious relevence today.  Further, these weapons are irrelevant to the Americans as they have multiple platforms like subs and aircraft which make the weapons.  Another claim, according to the President, is that it doesn't include the Chinese.  So, the answer is to blow something up completely and risk more for a new agreement with questionable results?  He did this very thing with NAFTA and many of the changes were nothing but cosmetic or ones all sides would be been fine with without setting the building on fire

I appear on I24 International News to discuss.

Sunday
Oct142018

Khashoggi's Death is Going to Cost the Saudis

On October 2nd, Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.  This was the last time he was ever seen alive.  Since then, the Saudis have come up with a whole list of stories, each less likely to be true the last one.  The problem is that Turkish President Erdogan, no stranger to extremism and dictatorial abuse himself, seems to have substantial information regarding what happened and he is not letting go.

President Trump seems to be providing cover for the Saudis and talking about rogue elements who did this without authorizations.  This is quite astounding and says a lot.  The Americans provide enormous support, weapons, training for the Saudis and the Saudis seem to be a lynch pin for the American Administration.

So what comes next? I will appear on RT Arabic to discuss.  This program is translated live into Arabic and airs throughout the Middle East.  Futher, I will be on with a Saudi official and a Turkish official.  This is expected to be feisty.

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.