About Jack

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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Obama Bows to Akihito. A Sign of American Confidence!

President Obama clearly bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito as Empress Michiko looks on.  And some have said that this sign of deference was completely inappropriate for a President of the United States.  I, for one, totally disagree.  I believe that this sign of respect shows strength and confidence of America power rather than its decline.

There is always a question regarding how responsive any American leader should be to a foreign dignitary.  Or about how culturally sensitivity they should be.  A veil over the head?  Covering of the arms?  The holding of hands?  Kissing on the cheek?  These are all done, or not done, in various places around the world.  Should we care about that?  I say we should!

One of the problems that we have had is the arrogance that we have shown around the world.  Somehow, we have decided that we should not bend, or bow, and everybody else . . . should.  Really?  

Would it not be better, and smarter, to find some place in the middle or to at least acknowledge each other's differences?  Isn't this exactly what President Obama did?

Congratulations, Mr. President.  You make me proud!


President Obama, Go To Hiroshima!

President Obama is in Tokyo.  And he has been invited to Hiroshima, the site of the nuclear blast that killed 140,000 on Auigust 6, 1945.  He has not accepted the invitation - but he should!

President Obama has talked about a nuclear free world.  And he has also talked about the U.S. and its moral responsibility to act because it is the only country to use nuclear weapons.  He even received the Nobel Peace Prize based upon his positions.  

So, isn't it time for President Obama to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

And yet, based upon some of our previous decisions, this seems unlikely.  In 1995, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museam, under pressure from 81 members of Congress, rejected an exhibit that simply asked the question about the morality of dropping the bomb.  Even as late as 2003, when the Museum had a display of the Enola Gay, they rejected the idea of mentioning that 140,000 were killed at Hiroshima and another 80,000 were killed at Nagasaki.  Why?

What are we afraid of?

Even if the President won't apologize, he should at least go to the place the was the ultimate gravesite of 140,000 people.  It is the right things to do!


On Set with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.


Cool Cover!

Cool Time Magazine cover.  As we still don't know the ultimate motivation of Maj. Hasan at this point, this photo makes the point in a really amazing way!


Happy Veterans' Day! Your Sacrifices are Not Forgotten!

I would like to send out a personal thank you to all those who have and continue to serve.  Some of you are my family and some of you are my friends.  More than once, my life has been saved by one of you while I was working as a journalist in warzones. 

Your sacrifices are not forgotten.  Thank You.


It's Official! I Embed with the 82nd Airborne in December.

I have been working on this thing for some time.  And there have been a lot of logistical hoops.  However, I have now confirmed that not only will I be embedding in Afghanistan, but that I will embed with the 82nd Airborne.  I fly out in early December.

I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to take a first hand look at things on the ground.  I want to understand the challenges that American and NATO troops face but also what Afghanis face as this war passes the 8 year mark.   And like most conflict I have seen, it is the civilians who have the biggest burden.  They have to try and survive.  I will also follow that story.

Keep checking back for more details.


NARAL Pro Choice President Tomorrow @airamericamedia

As president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan is a nationally recognized progressive leader who works in partnership with allies in Washington, D.C. and in the states, as well as the organization’s one-million member activists, to protect the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy.

She joins me to talk about the disaster that is the House Health care bill as it applies to abortion.  She joins me tomorrow @airamericamedia.


D.C. sniper Muhammad has been executed.  

Muhammad has been executed.  What this man has done was a disaster and the pain that he has caused was indescribable.  However, what was the purpose of putting him to death?  To convince others not to do the same thing?  That doesn't work because murderers are not deep thinkers.  Instead, we kill because we can, not because we must.  

I'm saddened by this.  I know this sounds strange but I want to believe that redemption is possible for those who seem irredeemable.  While some may call this naive, I prefer being optimistic     


I Appear on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan Tomorrow at 9 a.m. e.t.

I appear on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan tomorrow at 9 a.m. e.t. to talk about the shootings at Fort Hood and about the possibilities of connections with al Qaida.  Recent reports connect this Army Major to possible islamic extremists.

Hope you can watch.


House Passes Health Insurance Bill.

The U.S. House has passed sweeping health-care legislation, hours after President Obama visited the Capitol to make a personal closing argument for his most important domestic policy initiative.