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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian 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 and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Thursday
Sep072017

[I24 International News] September 6th: Jack Talks Iran and Preemptive Strikes

I appear on I24 International News on September 6th. Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Israelis bombing a nuclear facility in Syria.  Fast forward 10 years and contemplate what might have happened if they hadn't?Subsequent intelligence concluded thew Israelis hit a facility designed to create plutonium for weapons and apparently the Syrians were receiving help from the North Koreans.  Further, imagine, what the Syrians might have done to their own people with these weapons?  As horrifyingly, contemplate ISIS being able to acquire the weapons?

This brings us to the present day and this highlights the question of what should be done with North Korea or even Iran.  This promises to be a spirited debate as I understand I am going to be debating an Israeli Likud party member who believes in preemptive strikes and that Iran should be the next target.

I disagree.

Prepare for the fight.  This is going to get interesting as its all well as good to talk tough about war and death when you've never seen it.  I, sadly, have and I don't wish it upon anybody.

Tuesday
Aug292017

[I24 International News] August 29th: Jack Talks North Korea's Latest Provocation

I appear on I24 International News on August 29th. The North Koreans have conducted more than a dozen launches of missiles since February. In fact, Kim Jung-Un has conducted more "tests" than his father and grandfather ever did in their entire lives. The latest provation is a particuarly scary one, firing a missile over Japan. While this is scary in itself, it is equally scary out of fear of the response of one Donald Trump. The fear is that this could turn into a proverbial pissing contest. The problem is that millions could potentially die a as a result.  

Obviously, there is a lot to talk about. This will be an interesting conversation as we generally have enough time to do more than just throw out a couple of soundbites.   

Wednesday
Aug232017

[I24 International News] August 22nd: Jack Talks Boko Haram Terrorist Group

I appear on I24 International News on August 22.  Boko Haram militants continue to reek havoc across West Africa.  Nigera, Niger, Mali and Cameroon have seen more than 20000 civilians killed by this group since 2009 and things continue to spin.  Lately, Boko Haram has resorted to using child suicide bombers.  It is particularly brutal because of the use of children but also because those children who are lucky enough to get away from the group are now being ostracized out of fear that there might also be suicide bombers.

Its a difficult story indeed.  Hope you can watch.

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.