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Thursday
Jul062017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] July 6th: Will the U.S. Attack North Korea?

I appear on AM 950 on July 6th  at 3:00 p.m. c.s.t.to discuss a really complicated issue, North Korea. During the election, Donald Trump said the issue was easy. It is a lot of things but the one thing it isn't is easy. The reason it is so difficult is because there are no simple answers and the ramifications of making mistakes couldbe millions of dead people. The North Koreans have nucs, probably anywhere from 10 two 20 of them and they have the capability to deliver those nucs to South Korea and Japan.  Further, they have large numbers of conventional weapons and that capability could kill millions.  Of course, the U.S. could turn North Korea into a parking lot with millions of dead people.  However, the North Koreans could respond before they go down in flames.  Talking tough is all well and good but pointless.

This is a question of security for Kim Jong-Un.  Very simply, he is afraid of external forces and internal ones.  Both of which would be more than happy to kill him.  As a result, the question needs to be, what is he trying to accomplish.  We are going to flesh this out today on AM 950.  I'll be on for an hour so this is certainly going to be interesting.  Hope you can catch it.

 

Thursday
Jun222017

[I24 International News] June 22nd: Jack Talks China's Muscular Foreign Policy

What happens when the United States starts to pull back from its traditional role on the world stage. Simply put, you create a vacuum. And frankly, President Trump has created a vacuum in terms of how he has treated traditional allies like Germany, France, Mexico and Australia as well as the UN as a whole as well as NATO.

As importantly, nature hates vacuums and always attempts to fill them.  It is equally true in the political world. As a result, note the shifts from the likes of the Chinese and the Russians to fill those gaps.  Geopolitics is changing dramatically as we speak and the ramificaitons are likely to be huge.  If you don't have a seat at the table, you likely will be left out in the cold. 

 

 

Thursday
Jun222017

[I24 International News] June 22nd: Jack Talks China's Muscular Foreign Policy

I appear on I24 International News on June 22nd. Just travel to Southeast Asia and Chinese influece is obvious. In fact, it is truly ubiquitous.  Travel to Africa and the Chinese are flexing their international muscles almost everywhere.  I recall some years ago being in Juba, South Sudan and the largest hotel in the country was the Beijing Hotel.  One of the reasons was because of the incredible number of Chinese workers working on international projects in the region.  This is true in countries across the continent. Most recently, look at what the Chinese have been doing in Europe.  As President Trump seems to be pulling back from engagement on the world stage, the Chinese have absolutely been filling the vacuum.  Consider, if you aren't at the table, you don't get to dictate terms and negotiate the new world order. China is absolutely at the table when the U.S. seems to be abscent.

I will appear on I24 International News to talk about the ramifications of what this means for the Chinese, for the Americans, and for the world.  Hope you can watch.  

Wednesday
Dec072016

[AM 950 Minneapolis] December 6th: Jack Talks China and Trump's Call with Taiwan Pres.

I appear on AM950 in Mpls at 3:30 pm ct to discuss China & why breaking diplomatic protocols with Taiwan is so massive & why State Dept is apoplectic.  No US President has spoken with a Taiwanese President since 1979.  The was extremely purposeful.  The Chinese have called Taiwan a rogue state and would be willing to take it back by force.  With so many issues on the table like the South China Sea and trade, to simply make this blunder is ridiculous when it beings no political or diplomatic benefit.  So much for art of the deal.

Hope you can listen.