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Monday
Aug142017

[I24 International News] August 11th: Jack Talks North Korea and Unnecessary Tensions 

I appear on I24 International News on August 11th.  Its true that Kim Jong-Un's behavior is creating tensions that can be felt from the Korean peninsula to China, Japan and the United States. We also know that he has been rattling the cage since he took power from his father, just like his father did, and just like his grandfather did. The only real difference at this very moment is the occupant of the White House. This isn't to say that this isn't dangerous and that technology is making it worse. Rather, Mr. Trump has turned this into a pissing contest. The problem, if I continue this analogy, is that if somebody blinks, everybody gets wet.  Yeah, sorry about that.

This is going to be a tough converation and we will tlk about some of the possible ramifications and what happens if this goes very very wrong. Hope you can watch.  

Tuesday
Aug082017

[I24 International News] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump/North Korea Tensions

Friday
Jul282017

[I24 International News] July 28th: Jack Talks Latest North Korean Launch

I appear on I24 International News on July 28th. North Korea just launched another ICBM. In fact this was the second this month and they have had 12 launches since February. In fact, Kim Jong-Un has launched more missiles than his father and grandfather combined. 

The most important the west has to consider is this: What is Kim really traying to accomplish? The problem is that the West seems to have assumed that this is about sanctions? Or treasure? It isn't. Its about security. Kim is afraid of any possible uprisings inside his own country which might be supported by the West as well as attacks from the West.  For Kim, this is about making sure that he isn't dead in a ditch hence he is fighting the world and killing lots of his own people to take them out and to use their murders as a warning to everybody else. As importantly, Kim sees Libya as a very real warning for himself. As a result, I believe that under no circumstances would he be willing to give up his weapons. There is nothing the West could or would promise. And frankly, if I were Kim, I wouldn't trust the West either.

This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Wednesday
Jul192017

[I24 International News] July 19th: Jack Talks U.S. Ending CIA Covert Ops in Support of Rebels in Syria

I appear on I24 International News at 9:15 p.m. e.s.t. The Trump Administration stated that they intend to end CIA operations in Syrian to help train and arm Rebels against the Damascus regime.  This cuts against the Obama Administration and is consistent with what the Russians have been trying to do the entire time. The Russians have continued to support and arm President Assad against those same rebels. President Trump claims that the focus needs to be on ISIS and not Assad.

I appear appear on I24 International to discuss the ramifications of such a move.  The U.S. has long standing problems in the region and to decision cuts against the chemical weapons attacks conducted by the Assad regime against civilians.  Where will this go next?  A lot of questions.

This should be interesting.

Saturday
Jul152017

[I24 International News] July 14th: Jack Talks Trump Junior's Creative Truths

I appear on I24 International News on July 14th.  Donald Trump Jr. just met with a Russian lawyer back in June 2016 to talk about Russian adoptions.  That's it nothing more. Then, well, it wasn't exactly just Russian adoptions, it was also dirt on Hillary Clinton that this Russian lawyer has.  Um, well, then, it wasn't just a Russian lawyer, it was a Russian lawyer who was bringing information from the Russian government who wanted to help his father, Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency.  Oh, and Jared Kusher, Trump's Senior Advisor, and Paul Manafort , his campaign chairman also appeared.  And, yup, there's more.  Also present was a former Russian Counter-Intelligence official.  Yeah, we can't make this up.

Now, let's consider, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all lied about their contacts with Russian officials.  OK, they forget about a bunch of contacts with Russian officials.  At the same time, the Russians absolutely hacked into government data bases and tried to impact U.S. elections and Mr. Trump fired the man responsible for figuring out whether Trump and his team were involved in the elections.

How do I say this . . . innocent people don't act this way.  Stories don't change.  The truth is the truth is the truth.  

This should be an interesting conversation.

Friday
Jun232017

[I24 International News] June 23rd: Jack Talks Putin's Russian Op.

I appear on I24 International News on June 23rd. Back in 2016, it became clear to my former employer, the Central Intelligence Agency, that the Russian government with the understanding and active support of President Vladimir Putin tried to run political operations against the United States to impact U.S. elections.  This was the most aggressive operation by the Russians against the U.S. in decades, maybe longer.  This conclusion was based upon extensive and intensive intelligence.  The Obama Administration took this to senior members of Congress who were briefed on the issues and became aware of what the Russians were doing. Frankly, at some point, the upcoming Trump Administration was completely briefed on the issue. 

While there are many frustrating parts, one part is how the Republicans have hid behind President Trump's narrative that the Russian op was fake news.  It wasn't.  There is no excuse for this and the GOP is doing a disservice to the United States to minimize what the Russians were trying to accomplish.    

President Trump's subsequent efforts, or lack thereof, are certainly of concern.  Bob Mueller's investigation continues and hopefully we will find the answers to his complicity as well as those of his compatriots.  

Hope you can watch.

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.  

Tuesday
Jun132017

[I24 International News] June 13th: Jack Pushes Back on Conspiracy Theories

This is going to be a really interesting conversation on I24 International News.  I will be debating somebody who I disagree with on many many levels.  While we will address the testimony of Jim Comey and the upcoming testimony of Jeff Sessions, it appears that this interview will spend a substantial amount of time addressing the question of whether the Russians attempted to hurt the U.S. and also whether this is really about the destruction of President Trump.  

Let me be clear:  I have absolutely no desire to destroy this President.  That's not my job.  That being said, I also think that it is critical to understand exactly just how successful the Russians were at hacking into U.S. elections.  Further, it is critical to determine whether Trump and/or and member of his team, pre or post election, was complicit in helping the Russians.  If this results in the destruction of this Presidency, so be it.    

This promises to be fun.  Watch if you can.  

Thursday
Jun012017

[I24 International News] June 1st: Jack Talks Comey Testimony Before Senate

I appear on I24 News on June 1st.  According to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testimony before the Committee in both public and closed door sessions.  At this point, it appears that Mr. Comey is prepared to provide additional facts about how President Trump tried to coerce him to swear loyalty to the President as well as to close the Russia/Trump collusion investigation.  This is potentially explosive as this testimony could support that claim that the President was trying to obstruct a criminal investigation.  As Special Counsel Bob Mueller is conducting a separate investigation, this is simply a story that refuses to go away, much to the President's chagrin.  

Hope you can catch it.