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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.

Thursday
May182017

[I24 International] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Counsel

What an extraordinary appearance on I24. I sat in the chair expecting to talk about Trump's release of classified information to the Russians and the ripple effect that that causes. So, I'm about 30 seconds from going on live and there is breaking news coming through my IFB, my earpiece.  A special prosecutor, special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been appointed.  I simply started laughing. As they cut to me live, you can still hear me laughing.  What an astounding development.

Robert Mueller is the former FBI Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  Also, while known as a Republican, he is also know to be apolitical.  More importantly, I expect Mueller to appproach this through the lens of history.

Again, this is an extraordinary development.

 

Tuesday
May092017

[I24 International] May 9th: Jack Talks Russia's Resurgence

I appear on I24 International on May 9th. Russia's President, Vladimir Putin has vision, intelligence and capability.  In fact, he has decided the Russia is prepared to take back its rightful place on the world stage.  Even further, because this is its rightful place, it will no longer be ignored.  And he is not a friend of the West of the United States.  

You can see it in Syria, with the Turks, with recent agreements with the Chinese, North Korea, even in the Arctic. However, the real question is whether the west is even noticing or if they care. Trust me, President Putin cares. This has been a slow buildback and he is committing to be a power not to be trifled with.  

This is going to be a fun conversation.  I usually get a chunck of time so this should be a lot of fun.

Monday
Mar132017

[I24 International] March 13th: Jack Talks Kellyanne Conway's Microwave Claims

I appear on I24 International with David Shuster to discuss the latest on the CIA, eavesdropping technology and Keppyanne Conway's claims that our microwave ovens are watching us.  Actually, it's quite extraordinary when you contemplate the source.  She is the senior advisor to the President of the United States.  What she says should matter.  Unfortunately, the more she seems to open her mouth, the more she sounds like a gameshow contestant on The Wheel of Fortune.  It is quite astounding.

Hope you can watch.