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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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Sunday
May212017

[Russia TV Moscow] May 21st: Jack Talks a Post Syrian War World

I appear on Russian TV to talk Syria and the aftermath.  As the U.S. continues as part of a coalition to fight ISIS, there is a real question as to what happens after the war.  Its easy to talk about the fight, blowing things up and killing people.  However, what happens after the fighting has stopped and things need to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, by then nobody is watching and nobody cares. However, with millions of people in the wake of the war, what happens afterward may be even more important.  And yet, American officials are already talking about not wanting to pay for the rebuilding.  So, it is a nation building question which is hard for Americans. 

This promises to be interesting.

Sunday
May212017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 21st: Jack Talks Trump Intel Leak to the Russians

What an interesting conversation on MSNBC's AMJoy this morning.  As I watch the latest scandal rolling out of the White House, one story hitting me much harder than most of the others, President Trump's decision to show off to the Russians and dislose highly classified information.  This is a disaster.  

 

Thursday
May182017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 21st: Jack Talks the Latest on Trump Investigation

I appear on MSNBC's Am Joy this Sunday. I particuarly appreciate this show. Joy is smart, thoughtful and thinks big picture. This is truly a moment in history and that seems lost on very few. As the Special Counsel finds his office and picks his staff, President Trump continues to tweets denials and conspiracy theories, much to the consternation of his fellow Republicans.  I wonder how much they would all chip into the kitty to hire somebody to take his phone away?  Just a thought.  

This should be fun.  It always it.  I hope you can join in and watch the fun.  

Thursday
May182017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Prosecutor

I always appreciate appearing on Voice of America International  The interviews are always well thought out with an eye toward history.  That is particularly important in a case like this.  When people are neck deep in the moment, it can sometimes be difficult to see anything with perspective.  However, when one talks about the U.S. presidency and bringing in a special prosecutor to look at the issue of whether a sitting President may have colluded with the Russians, it is absolutely one for the history books.  

Robert Mueller is a former FBI Director.  In fact, he was the Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  This is important.  Again, with a view of history in mind, having somebody with a bias would do a horrible disservice for the country.  Get somebody with one agenda that is looking for any reason to prosecute this President and you risk alienating a massive group of Americans as well as politicize and delegitimatize the process.  Go the other direction and you risk ignoring the possibility that the Russians not only manipulated an election but did it with the help of the sitting President.  Worse, this would also mean that Russian President Putin would still have something on the President and could make him nothing but a puppet.  Again, not a desirable outcome either.

So, to look at these issues with VOA is always a pleasure.  I hope you can listen.  

Thursday
May182017

[I24 International] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Counsel

What an extraordinary appearance on I24. I sat in the chair expecting to talk about Trump's release of classified information to the Russians and the ripple effect that that causes. So, I'm about 30 seconds from going on live and there is breaking news coming through my IFB, my earpiece.  A special prosecutor, special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been appointed.  I simply started laughing. As they cut to me live, you can still hear me laughing.  What an astounding development.

Robert Mueller is the former FBI Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  Also, while known as a Republican, he is also know to be apolitical.  More importantly, I expect Mueller to appproach this through the lens of history.

Again, this is an extraordinary development.

 

Tuesday
May162017

[RT America] May 15th: Jack Says Trump Doesn't Understand the Ramifications of What He is Doing

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz.  This is frankly an extraordinary story.  Last week, Russian FM Lavrov came to Washington to visit the President.  They met along with Ambassador Kislyak who is well known as a Russian intelligence officer.  Apparently, during their meeting, President Trump told the pair some highly classified information.  Subsequently, NSA Masters came out and stated that no sources and methods were disclosed.  He then quickly left.  The problem is that this doesn't mean that the intelligence wasn't leaked.  This dovetails nicelt with the investigation of Yrump/Russian collusion.  This is an crazy story that will certainly continue for some time.

Hope you can watch.

Tuesday
May162017

[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] May 16th: Jack Talks Trump's Leaking Intel to the Russians

I'm outraged!  The implications of releasing classified information can mean, simply put, torture and death for the source of the intelligence.  It can also mean a complete drying up of intelligence in the future.  Think about this for a second, what other asset is willing to provide information if they know that a sitting President will release it because he as the "absolute right" to do so?  Let's take this a step further, because this was a intelligence from an ally, not only will this ally but every other ally will look at this and think not just once, twice but maybe three times before they willingly cooperate with the Americans out of fear of what this President might do because he has the absolute right. Finally, consider U.S. intelligence in the same manner.  If I had recruited an asset, I'm not sure I would ask them for anything out of fear that the information itself may end up in the hands of the President.  Understand, in the past, this was always the hope.  If my intel ends of in the hands of the President, that means its important.  And now?  I'd be petrified.

This is just a snippet of what we talked about.  Lots of fun.  

Saturday
May132017

[NTV/HTB Moscow] May 11th: Jack Appears in Russian Documentary about Russia/Trump


A crazy evening being in a Russian documentary by NTV/HTB out of Moscow about the Russia/Trump investigation. And yes, Russia is involved.

Saturday
May132017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 14th: Jack Talks Trump Obstruction of Russia Investigation

President Trump admitted publicly during an NBC interview that Russia was one of reasons that he fired FBI Director Comey. Comey was responsible for the Russian investigation. Trump claims that this is fake news. Unfortanately for the President, this is not fake news. This is a real investigation into a potential crime that has been acknowledged as such by 17 different Intelligence agencies in the US and the FBI is in the middle of an investigation. Anybody who purposely tries to impede that investigation could be charged with obstruction. That is a crime and Presidents can be impeached for committing crimes. It's hard to prove motivation unless some actually says ... one of the reasons I fired the guy is Russia.

Saturday
May132017

[Nicole Sandler Show - Florida] May 12th: Jack Talks Whether Trump Could be Impeached

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show out of Florida to discuss a simple question:  Could President Trump be impeached?  And the short answer is, it depends.  The first question is whether he has committed any crimes that could justify removal.  Well, I would have said this was debatable until a recent interview the president had an NBC.  In that interview, he stated that one of the reasons that he fired former FBI Director Jim Comey was because of the ongoing Russia investigation which he claims to consider fake news.  Regardless of what he says, this is a real investigation into criminal wrongdoing.  Anybody who tries to hinder that, a sitting President or otherwise, is potentially guilty of a crime.  Presidents can be removed from office for committing crimes through the process called impeachment. The next step, of course, would require a political process to make that happen.  But, because the Republicans control both Houses of Congress, this is a stumbling block.  We will discuss all of this and more.  

Hope you can listen.