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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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Tuesday
Aug012017

[RT America] August 1st: Jack Talks Growing U.S. Tensions with North Korea

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz on August 1st. Tensions are continuing to grow between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and President Trump. The North Koreans have conducted more than a dozen weapons tests since February and it sometimes feels as if it is taunting the President. The fear is that the President seems to be taking the bait. He told Sen. Lindsey Graham that there well could be a war.  The problem is that the North Koreans have nuclear weapons and if Kim is cornered and feels threatened, I don't think he is going to die alone.  He could very well use them. 

Remember, Seoul is 35 miles south of the DMZ, has more than 25 million people in the metro area and the even a U.S. preemptive strike could not take out all of North Korea's capability. The potential is that hundreds of thousands could die or more. Its horrific.  Of course, none of the answers are simple.

So, let's see what I can say in 5 minutes.  Hahahaha.  Hope you can watch.

Friday
Jul282017

[I24 International News] July 28th: Jack Talks Latest North Korean Launch

I appear on I24 International News on July 28th. North Korea just launched another ICBM. In fact this was the second this month and they have had 12 launches since February. In fact, Kim Jong-Un has launched more missiles than his father and grandfather combined. 

The most important the west has to consider is this: What is Kim really traying to accomplish? The problem is that the West seems to have assumed that this is about sanctions? Or treasure? It isn't. Its about security. Kim is afraid of any possible uprisings inside his own country which might be supported by the West as well as attacks from the West.  For Kim, this is about making sure that he isn't dead in a ditch hence he is fighting the world and killing lots of his own people to take them out and to use their murders as a warning to everybody else. As importantly, Kim sees Libya as a very real warning for himself. As a result, I believe that under no circumstances would he be willing to give up his weapons. There is nothing the West could or would promise. And frankly, if I were Kim, I wouldn't trust the West either.

This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Thursday
Jul272017

[WVLY West Virginia] July 27th: Jack Talks Trump's Disgusting Military Transgender Tweet

I appear on WVLY West Virginia on July 27th with my buddy Howard Monroe. Mr. Trump seemed to take everybody my surprise including the Pentagon when he tweeted that he was going to exclude all Transgender people from serving in the military. His claim seems to be that they are disruptive and cost too much.

Lets start with the disruptive part. This is what some said about minority groups, specifically African Americans. Some said the very same thing about women. Those same people then shifted to the gay community. It seems that the idiocy that drove each of those arguments into the proverbial trash bin of history has found their latest target, the transgender community. There is simply no study that supports this contention. Thousands serve honorably in the military now and the country has not fallen. Further, the U.S. spends tens of thousands of tax dollars to recruit people to serve, and these people want to serve.  The question is about their conpetency, not how they identify themselves.

As to the price, this is simply false.  There is nothing in the literature that supports this. Even the Rand Corporation, unabashedly conservative, that has put the additional cost for the thousands who serve at a miniscule number compared to the entire budget.  Compare this to the cost of viagra and this argument is nothing but laughable.

This is going to be a fun conversation and Howard is just a great guy. 

Wednesday
Jul262017

[RTTV Washington DC] July 25th: Jack Talks Whether Trump/Russia Investigation Has Smoking Gun

I appear on RTTV out of Washington DC with Ed Schultz on July 25th.  The Russia/Trump Investigation keeps chugging along. Kushner just testified before both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Now, Manafort is getting ready to testify. Also, Mr. Trump himself continues to push on Attorney General Sessions to quit. He hasn't said that but it is clear that that has to be his motivation. Of course, the problem is he pushed out FBI Director Comey because of Russia and now seems to be doing the same thing with Sessions. It certainly feels like obstruction. Further, Congress just passed legislation for sanctions against Russia and the question is whether or not the President will sign it into law. If he doesn't, this could certainly drive the Republicans in the House, his only protection at this point on the impachment issue, to start to shift in their seats. Of course, Trump has always been willing to push beyond what anybody in the States has ever seen so it is hard to tell exactly what he is willing to do.

So, simply put, there is a lot to talk about. 

Monday
Jul242017

[Voice of America Intl] July 24th: Jack Talks the Building Russian Investigation

I appear on Voice of American International Edition with Lori Lundin.  This story continues to have legs. Sometimes, it is the constant drip drip drip of new allegations including more information about Jr's meeting with Russians to content of previous meetings by the Attorney General Sessions with the Russian Ambassador to Trump's son-in-law Kushner's upcoming appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.  Of course, as those were enough, we have Mr. Trump's proclivity to stir the pot with his never ending tweet-a-thon.  There are now stories swirling of Trump contemplating pardoning his own people and even himself.  While these might have seemed laughable at one time, now?  

This is an extraordinary story and one which this country has never seen before. In the past, every scandal was compared to Watergate, was given the title, Something-gate, and then never lived up to the hype. This story, on the other hand, absolutely has the potential of making that story laughable in comparison.

Hope you can listen.  

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.

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