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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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Sunday
Oct222017

[CBS News Radio New York] October 22nd: Jack Talks CIA Ops in Afghanistan

I appear on CBS News Radio in New York on October 22nd.  According to the New York Times, the CIA is increasing its paramilitary operations in Afganistan to provide support to the Pentagon and to help Afghanistan military operations in country. The purpose is to try and target Taliban operations throughout the country.  The problem that the story ignores is that the Taliban controls more territory in Afghanistan right now than at any time since 2001.  Simply put, they are winning. 

One reality of increasing these kinds of operations is that they are dangerous. It exposes Americans with little support and the realities can be catastrophic.  Think those four Green Beret soldiers in Niger.  It will be interesting to see how the White House addresses this issue as this story gets bigger play.  In addition, if things don't go well in Afghanistan, the American people seem to have enormous fatigue when it comes to Afghanistan.

This will be an interesting conversation.

Saturday
Oct212017

[Russian TV Moscow] October 22nd: Jack Talks CIA Director Lies.

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on October 22nd. I will appear on Russian TV Moscow to discuss a really interesting story involving the Russian government. The Russians have vehemently denied involvement in an operation to manipulate the U.S. elections back in 2016. Frankly, this is a laughable denial. Of course the Russian government attempted to play a role in the elections.  This is exactly what intelligence organizations do. This is what they have always done. Clearly, they never thought they would be so successful but there you have it.

Apparently, everybody is willing to acknowledge the manipulation except Donald Trump and his people. Most recently, CIA Director Mike Pompeo stated that the Russian election did not tilt the election and that that was the conclusion of U.S. intelligence. There is only one problem, U.S. intelligence never concluded such a thing. According to Pompeo, "The intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election."  The intelligence report absolutely made no such assessment and specifically stated that that was yet to be determined.  So, why would Pompeo say such a thing?

I appear on Russian TV Moascow to argue the points.  This is going to be fun.

Friday
Oct202017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 20th: Jack Talks U.S. Soldier Deaths in Niger

I appear on AM 950 with Mike McIntee on October. This is going to be an extended conversation so this is going to get pretty interesting. One of the big stories that continues to gain steam involves the death of four U.S. Green Beret soldiers in Niger back in early October.  One of the real problems is that the story continues to change and morph and nobody seems to have any answers. Further, this is a story that President Trump utterly ignored for a week and a half and the approached it in a particularly peculiar way.

This promises to be a very interesting and likely feisty conversation. I hope you can listen.

Friday
Oct202017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] October 20th: Jack Talks Efforts to Regulate Internet Against Russian Influence

I appear on Sputnik Radio Moscow on October 20th. First off, again, I'm very aware how much Vladimir Putin controls Sputnik. Therefore, I'm just fine with going on air in Moscow and saying definitively that the Russians tried to manipulate American elections. Of course they did, This is what intelligence organizations do,  The Russians have done it. The Americans have done it.  That's how it is. . . . Not sure how much Sputnik appreciated that but so be it.

Now, as for today, Senators McCain, Klobuchar and Warner want to regulate Facebook and other social media companies to be more transparent. It appears that part of the Russian efforts was to purchase time on these platforms and the Senators want public disclosure when foreign organizations buy time.  My expectation will be push back regarding regulating and limiting the ability to make money. Also,. the idea that any bi-partisan bills stand a chance is certainly open for debate.

This will be interesting.

Friday
Oct202017

[Voice of America Intl. Ed.] October 18th: Jack Talks Ongoing Mueller Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on October 18th.  As Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts and American complicity in the recent elections continues to chug along, I will discuss Mueller's recent interviews with Trump surrogates Priebus and Spicer. At this point, its difficult to determine whether they had any involvement or even if they have an specific information that will be helpful. However, as players in the room, they may be capable of talking about other players, what was said privately and what it means. However, with the likes of Priebus, they might know much much more.  

The purpose of interviewing these other other players is to fill in gaps.  Frequently in investigations like these, it becomes easier to prosecute for obstruction than it is to prosecutor the underlying charge.  Of course, once an indictment comes down, those charged may be more willing to discuss all that they really know or heard.  

This story, dispite the President's desires, continues to have legs.  

Wednesday
Oct182017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 16th: Jack Talks Diminishing U.S. Influence in South Asia

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Mike McIntee on October 16th. It was just announced that President Trump will be meeting with Philippine President Dutuerte.  This is an extraordinary development considering Dutuerte's very public calls for Philippine citizens to simply go out and kill people they think are drug dealers. The Philippine President has also taken it upon himself through his government to conduct such killings. Considering what this means regarding a complete lack of a judicial process and the rule of law, it is only exacerbated by Trump's encouragement of Dutuerte in the past alongside this new visit.

This meeting is part of an effort to try to perpetuate U.S. power in the region or at least prop up the U.S. deterioration of its power in the region. Considering China continuing to flex its considerable muscle while at the same time North Korea firing off missile after missile while testing nucs and threatening to use them, things are certainly heating up.

This will be fun.

Wednesday
Oct182017

Jack Speaking With Some Students at a Local School About the World.

Wednesday
Oct112017

[RT Washington DC] October 11th: Jack Talks Trump Flexing Muscles Against North Korea

Tuesday
Oct102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 9th: Jack Talks Trump Instability

I appear on AM950 with Matt McNeil on October 9th.  There is an interesting spat going on inside the Beltway that is getting really really strange. This one is between President Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker, the Senate Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee.  What makes this particularly crazy is that the President is going after Corker and Corker refused to back down. In fact, Corker's argument is that the President needs adult supervision. What makes this interesting is that multiple reports have talked about many in the White House trying to protect Trump from . . . you guessed it Trump.  Extraordinary.

The stone cold silence inside the Beltway from other Republicans is equally amazing. Corker is popular, well respected and has a lot of friends. This puts them in a very interesting place. The real question I have been asking for months is when the GOP will decide that being allied to the President is actually costing them votes and that they would shift.  While this may not be the time, it is certainly another stick on the fire.

his should be an interesting conversation.

Sunday
Oct082017

[Press TV Iran] October 8th: Jack Talks U.S. Relations with Turkey Deteriorating

I appear on Press TV Iran on October 8th. The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for a long time but those relations continue to buckle on many fronts. Further, Erdogan's willingness to look to other partners including Iran and Russia are making things even worse for the Americans. This to is particularly thrilling for both the Iranians and the Russians.

Most recently, there were more cuts today in various Visa programs between the countries. And to this the continues abuse of the media and the arrest of more than 100,000 after the coups and the detention of American citizens and the unwillingness of the Americans to deport the one the Erdogan believes is responsible, you have recipe for disaster.

This is fgoing to be an interesting conversation indeed.

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