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Jack is really a storyteller and explorer 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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Thursday
Dec172009

On the Air with Dan Mitchell on WKBK.

I'm a big fan of Dan Mitchell on WKBK.  We were talking about Afghanistan and my recent trip into the region.  I expect to do an extended one hour interview with him next week to talk about what comes next.  Should be a lot of fun!

Hope you can catch it.

Thursday
Dec172009

A View of Southern Afghanistan from a Chinook, 2009.

Wednesday
Dec162009

Jack Rice Named Recipient of 2010 Freedom of Speech Award.


Jack Rice Named Recipient of 2010 Freedom of Speech Award. Air America Media radio talk show host and new media journalist Jack Rice has been named the recipient of the 2010 TALKERS magazine Freedom of Speech Award. In making the announcement, TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison states, “The editorial board has made a solid choice in Jack Rice who reflects the highest values of the First Amendment through his application of a principled combination of technique, spirit and sweat. The stunning picture on the cover of our forthcoming issue says it all: a multi-media, frozen talk show host hanging his video camera out the window of a Chinook helicopter flying over the war in Southern Afghanistan. Jack represents a rare breed of modern talker who stops at nothing to bring his radio listeners and website viewers right into the real live action spots of the world from Iraq to Afghanistan and offer them a truly independent political perspective that has worked effectively on both liberal and conservative news/talk stations. Very few talk show hosts have that ability in this era of tightly formatted political stationality and we think it is worth spotlighting.” Harrison is referring to the fact that since leaving his midday position at WCCO, Minneapolis less than two years ago, Rice has further developed an independent style of political commentary that has been used effectively by conservative stations such as KOGO in San Diego where he was not afraid to criticize George W. Bush and a liberal network such as Air America where he has now been critical of Barak Obama. As an award-winning journalist and correspondent, Jack Rice has chased stories around the world. He is a former CIA special agent and field operations officer, as well as a former prosecuting attorney and columnist, who covers policy, politics, national and international affairs on his daily 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET program based out of Washington, DC via Air America Media and on his highly acclaimed online media station, JackRice.org. He is also a frequent contributor to NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and other media outlets around the country. In an ever-shrinking and dangerous world, a passive look isn’t always enough. Jack represents the new generation that uses television, audio, podcasts, blogs, print and video, and takes his audience to where the news is happening and what it means. He is stopped by neither danger nor corporate cutbacks — often financing his media adventures out of his own pocket and sharing them with the rest of the industry. Jack Rice will be presented the 2010 Freedom of Speech Award at the forthcoming New Media Seminar March 19-20 in New York City.

Tuesday
Dec152009

Back in Air America Studios Today.

I'm still incredibly tired.  The Afghanistan trip was extremely intense and I'm beat up physically and emotionally. Of course, it is nothing compared to the troopers and the people of Afghanistan but I'm feeling it.  Never the less, I will be in Air America studios all this week to talk about what is happening there, what I saw, and what I did.  I will also get a bunch of videos posted up to the site.   I will also start to dig back into what is going on here domestically.  

Hope you can catch it.

Monday
Dec142009

On a FOB Somewhere in Southern Afghanistan, 2009.

 

Monday
Dec142009

I Appear on @MSNBC Tonight at 6 p.m.

I just flew in from Afghanistan today.  I appear tonight on MSNBC with Ed Schultz to give my assessment of the situation.  I have to say I am pretty beat up right now and hope to get a little sleep before I go on.  Otherwise, it could get ugly.

Hope you can watch.  Always a lot of fun!

Sunday
Dec132009

Video, Photos and More Audio From Afghanistan Coming!

I have a lot of technical limitations in Afghanistan.  Much of it had to do with time, availability and cost.  However, I will be posting an extraordinary amount of material over the coming days.  It may take me a couple of days to catch up as I am pretty beat up right now.  Lack of sleep, stress, Afghan food, and other things are still taking their toll!

Sunday
Dec132009

Cheers from Delhi, India.

Always interesting traveling around the world.  I just love the fact that I am just one of millions and that we are all different and all strangely the same.  I see parents kissing their children and children ignoring their parents.  I see people trying to live their lives, sometimes under truly impossible circumstances.

I realize that some never want to call themselves citizens of the world.  I, for one, am proud to describe myself as such.  It seems to me that it places me in a proper context.  War knows no borders.  Neither does peace. Violence, global warming, sickness, pain, love. . .  All of these belong to the world and to falsely categorize them as national issues rather than international ones strikes me as very very strange indeed.

Cheers from Delhi!

Thursday
Dec102009

A Great Bunch of Guys in Afghanistan!

 

2nd Platton, Alpha Company, 2nd/508th Parachute Infantry

Herat, Guzara Province, Afghanistan. 2009.

 

Thursday
Dec102009

So This is Shangri La?

Herat, Afghanistan.  Many people have looked for it.  Maybe they have just looked in the wrong place.  To be honest, along side the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Herat, Guzara Province, Afghanistan would not have been my first choice either.  But here it is. Well . . . sort of.

It is a two story condemned building.  Well, building may be a stretch.  Really, it is a concrete skeleton of a building with no roof, no walls, six massive wholes in the middle that allow snow, rain, and mud into the center of the building.  These men call it The Atrium.  But to the men of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company 2nd/508th Parachute Infantry, this place truly is Shangri La. 

They have taken this condemned building andmade it their own.  They've had to.  They had two tents along side it but they needed more, better facilities.  So, with a lot of work, horse trading and ingenuity, they have created this place.  They have scooped out all of the crap from the floors, laid down concrete, sealed up some of the rooms, added electricity, an infirmary, an entertainment system, and more.  And, as if by magic, Shangri La.

To tell you the truth, it almost seemed like a bunch of twelve years olds playing fort, but with real guns.  I don't mean this in a negative way but rather in the best sense ever.  They simply created this out of will.  And, how do I say this, the place is fun.  It has a cool kinda vibe.  And it is home. 

Sometimes, you never know what you are going to find.  But to Sgt. First Class Clint Mack and his band of brothers, this place really is Shangri La!