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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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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

 

 

Friday
Aug172018

Manafort Judges Faces Threats and Tries to Protect Jurors

Paul Manafort's case is the first trial brought by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team involving the Russia collusion investigation.  While the trial itself has nothing to do with the collusion question, Mueller clearly has the right to bring such charges.  This issue has been addressed now by multiple courts.

That being said, this first trial is almost done. Both the government and the defense have put on their cases and made closing arguments. Further, the jury has had the case for two days and counting. Today, Judge Ellis made it clear that not only is there a lot of attention on this case, threats have apparently been made on the Judge's life and he has brought in Federal Marshals to protect him. Even more, he said that he was concerned about the potential safety of the jurors if their identities was known.  As a result, he decided not to release their names.

This is going to be an interesting week coming up and the jury continues to deliberate.  I appear on Press TV Iran to discuss.  

Friday
Aug172018

If you help blow a country to pieces and then walk away, what happens?

The war in Syria has raged for years and years now.  The estimates include almost half a million dead and some twelve million displaced both internally and externally.  The Europeans have certainly seen a lot of these refugees but consider what the Jordanians and others have had to deal with. 

The Americans and the Russians continue to grapple with what is happening. They are both now claiming that they want the Iranians out and the media has bit on this.  Frankly, it is ridiculous.  The Iranians are deeply entrenched in the country economically and militarily and have been for decades and decades.  

Further, the Americans are starting to cut funding for the rebuiding. Its extraordinary when we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.  We have don't this same thing everywhere.  We come in and blow a country to pieces and then walk away leaving it to its own devices with the guarantee that what is left is the perfect cauldron but continued unrest within the country and a staging group for future attacks worldwide.

I appear on I24 International News to discuss.

Wednesday
Aug152018

If You Don't Support Me, I'll Take Your Security Clearance Away

We've never really seen anything like this before.  A sitting President who is notoriously thin skinned in the first place take a security clearance away from a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, because the President didn't like what he said.  Now, think about this for a second: A man with forty years of experience who served countless Republican and Democrat Administrations who is giving his honest assessment is muzzled because the President doesn't like what he said and because he doesn't like to be criticized.

If you look a how dictatorships work, this is the kind of thing one sees.  Of course, this is not limited to this man. In fact, there are a dozen more, all former heads of the Intelligence community and of all political strips, who are also in the cross hairs. 

This President is going places that we have never ever seen. While in the political realm, going after adversaries is nothing new.  Undercutting bedrock organizations like the Intelligence Community, State Department, Justice and more takes this to an entirely new level. If the purpose is to burn the country down, this certainly creates the kindling necessary.

I appear on Voice of American International Edition to discuss.