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Entries in afghanistan (38)

Tuesday
Jun202017

[Russian TV Moscow] June 20th: Jack Talks Green on Blue Attacks in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on June 20th.  This isn't the first time that this has happened.  In fact it has happened many times and it will sadly happen again.  In fact, this is absolutely one of the things American soldiers need to be conscious of: attacks from allied Afghan soldiers with whom they are conducting joint operations.  The Russians wants me to come on and talk about a recent attack where three U.S. soldiers were killed by an Afghanistan soldier.  What does this say?

I remember being in Iraq and out on joint patrol with the Americans and poorly trained Iraq soldiers in the streets of Baghdad.  First of all, the Iraqis at the time weren't very good.  That's certainly a problem but its not the only problem.  Another big problem is whether they have been vetted very well.  The fear is that at any point, one of those allied soldiers could turn around and take down a half a dozen of their American counterparts.  It is a petrifying possibility and, again, has happened again and agin.

In my case, we were storming  a building and I was running up a flight of stairs with the American and Iraqi solders and at some point through all of the confusion, I was in the middle of a very dangerous environment and something occurred to me: there were no American or other Western soldiers around me at all.  I was surrounded by a very poorly trained and marginally vetted Iraqi unit.  I can tell you, I have rarely felt more exposed.  Sometimes being completely alone would be more preferred.  Thankfully, things played out just fine but it could have just as easily gone a different direction.  

We will talk history, experience and the political situation in Afghanistan.  This will be interesting.

Thursday
Apr132017

[Fox 9 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks Why the U.S. Loves Big Bombs.

I appear on Fox 9 Minneapolis on April 13th at 9 p.m. c.s.t.  I like big bombs and I cannot lie . . . or something like that.  Its strange how America'as citizens seem to wake up and instinctively cheer when we kill people, blow things up or pound our collective chest.  It is a really interesting phenomenon but it continues to hold true.  And then this latest story of a bomb that carries 11,000 lbs of explosives known as a MOAB?  Oh, the rapture.  It's pretty wild actually.nn I will appear and talk about what the UlS., was trying to do, whether it was successful and whwther it will make any difference.   

Thursday
Apr132017

[Kare 11 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks The Mother of All Bombs

I appear on Kare 11 in Minneapolis on April 13th at 5 p.m. c.s.t.  The U.S. military just dropped the largest conventional they have in their arsenal in eastern Afghanistan known as a MOAB.  They decided to target an ISIS cave complex. This comes just after a U.S. attack in Syria and as the situation heats up in North Korea. This is an interesting development and may be foreshadowing of things to come. All of this is taking place while the investigaiton involving Terump and the Russians continues to gain steam.  Many continue to ask is these two issues are interconnected.  Fascinating.

Hope you can watch.

 

Wednesday
May132015

[Russian TV - Moscow] Thursday, May 13th - Jack Talks the U.S. Drug War Failure in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on May 13th to talk about the U.S. and Western policies to eradicate opium in Afghanistan. The Americans claimed that this was one of their major efforts and this has been a cataclysmic failure.  Poppy cultivation and opium production is still the major industry in the country.  So why did the Americans failure so dismally?  What are the ramifications of this failure?

This should be a really interesting conversation.  I hope that you can catch it.

Saturday
Nov082014

[The Jack Rice Show] Archive - Jack on the Cover of Talkers Magazine in Afghanistan

Thursday
Jun192014

Archive - Just Arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, 2009

Just found the rough audio from my first radio show for Air America in Afghanistan in December of 2009.  I'm laughing because I'm exhausted and yet so keyed up.  Hope you enjoy it.  reall a blast from the past for me.

Arrival in Kabul

Friday
Mar302012

[RT Appearance] Friday, March 30th: Jack Talks International Law and U.S. Drone Attacks

I appear on RT TV on March 30th at 6 p.m. e.t.  Since President Obama took office, U.S. drone attacks have increased dramatically.  We have seen far more in Afghanistan and Pakistan but we also have seen dramatic increases in Yemen and even Somalia.  There are even reports of civilian usage within the United States. What is the impact of such usage and is there a downside?

Hope you can catch it.

Tuesday
Mar132012

[Jack Rice Show Appearance] March 18th: Jack Talks Afghan Civilians Killed by U.S. Soldier

Monday
Mar122012

[KPOJ Appearance] Monday, March 12th: Jack Talks Afghanistan and Syria

I appear on KPOJ's Carl Wilfson Program on Monday, March 12th at 10:35 a.m. c.t.  With the most recent reports of an American soldier murdering 16 civilians including women and children, what does that mean for the region?  Combine that with the destruction of the Quran and soldiers urinating on dead Taliban and we have made an impossible situation even worse.  We will then turn to the ongoing destruction in Syria.  Should be an interesting conversation.

Hope you can listen.

Tuesday
Sep272011

[RT Video Appearance] Monday, September 26th: Jack Talks About Why We Fund Our Enemies