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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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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.

Saturday
Sep222018

Will a North/South Korean Summit Lead to Another With Trump?

South Korean President Moon and North Korean Chairman Kim met for another summit this week.  This is not their first and they've promised that it won't be their last.  They both made promises to deal with some political, cultural and economic issues.  While this is promising, the issue the world is looking at is the issue of the North Korean nuclear threat. This, sadly, hasn't seemed to change much.

Kim Jong Un has promised to destroy a nuclear testing facility and a rocket testing lab but won't do anything until President Trump first does a series of things.  Unfortunately, this is reminiscent of what happened to the team of U.S. negotiators during the Bush years.  Trump opened himself to this with his behavior early on and then agreeing to a summit without conditions in June in Singapore.

The problem that Kim faces is both internal threats and external ones.  Both are critical to his survivial and the Americans seem to have never come to terms with this. The result is that they have never been able to thread the proverbial needle.  

I'll appear on I24 International News tonight to talk about what the Americans need to do, if anything to dive the conversation forward.   

Tuesday
Sep112018

Rule of Law is an International Conversation that is Had in Many Languages

Tuesday
Sep112018

As Trump's Poll Numbers Tank, All Look to the Mid-Terms

Eight high quality Presidential approval have been completed in the last 2 weeks and they all seems to come to the same conclusion, fewer Americans are happy with their President.  While these numbers have dropped between 1 and 6 points, they all still put him under a 40% approval rating.  As a result, all are trying to decide whether these polls will make a difference at the mid-terms  Of course, people were obsessed with polls during the Presidential election but few are willing to bet the farms on any of these polls. 

While this is always a question that the world is interested in, because of the President's international policy shifts from any previous American President of either party in the lasty 70 years, the International community is particularly interested.  Consistent with that concern, I will appear on Press TV out of Iran to talk about what all of these polls may mean and the mid-terms.

This should be interesting.

Tuesday
Sep112018

A Truly Extraordinary Event: "Welcoming Her Home Gala."

This was a truly amazing and humbling experience. The amazing people at the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) asked me if I could emcee their event, Welcoming Her Home Gala, on September 6th.  Suffice it to say that I was completely thrilled. 

 

The purpose of the Gala was to focus a light on the fact that an enormous amount of woman have served in the Armed Forces and deserve to be recognized. Woman are in fact the fastest growing segment among America's veterans and according the the Department of Veterans Affairs, over 2.2 million have served in the military. In fact, the Department of Defense says woman account for nearly 15 percent of today's active duty military force. By 2040. woman veterans will be 18 percent of the entire veteran population. 

 

This Gala also focused on Veteran homelessness and specifically female veteran homelessness.  As President and CEO of MAC-V Maj. General Neal Loidolt put it, if we can't stop female veteran homelessness in Minnesota, we will never stop homelessness of any kind. 

 

This was a truly amazing event and I was absolutely thrilled to play a small role.  We raised a lot of money for a great cause and I was thankful to contribute in my own small way.  

Thursday
Sep062018

So What Does a Veteran Look Like? So Privileged to MC This Incredible Event.

Friday
Aug172018

What Happens When the U.S. Continually Cedes Its Role in the World