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Friday
May272016

[Russian TV International] Friday, May 27th: Jack Talks U.S. Special Forces in Iraq and Syria.

With American special operations forces increasing in Northern Iraq and Syria, I will appear on Russian TV International out of Moscow to discuss the ramifications and just how this may shift the balance of power. Hope you can catch it.

Tuesday
Sep272011

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

Tuesday
Sep272011

[RT Appearance] Monday, September 26th: Jack Talks Law and Why We Fund Those We Fight

I appear on RT TV on Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. e.t.  It seems that America has a tendency of fighting organizations and countries that we have previously funded.  Think about it.  It has happened in Central America.  It has happened again and again in the Middle East.  And most recently, Afghanistan.  Now the focus is shifting to Pakistan.  Are we going to do it again?

This should be an interesting conversation.  Hope you can watch.

Tuesday
Aug312010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 31st: Talk on U.S. Targeting Americans

Tuesday
Aug312010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 31st: Talk on President Obama's Speech

I appear on Russian TV on August 31st at 6:05 p.m. e.t.  As President Obama prepared to speak to the nation, I will appear on RT TV to talk about Iraq and how the American withdrawal will have in the region.  In addition, I will also talk about the targeted kill program and how it may impact the situation.  Should be fun.

Hope you can watch.

Thursday
Aug262010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 26th: Talk on Iraq and "Mission Accomplished"

Thursday
Aug262010

[Russian TV Appearance] Thursday, August 26th: Talk on Iraq and "Mission Accomplished"

I appear on Russia TV on Thursday, August 26th at 8 p.m. e.t.  As the Americas have signaled the end of the war in Iraq, the Obama Administration wants this war to go away.  Of course, this ignores multiple attacks and growing instability.  In some ways, the Mission Accomplished banner used by the Bush Administration could be rolled out again.  This is what happens when you invade a country.  It is never clean and it is never easy.

Hope you can watch.

Friday
Feb272009

The Conservatives in America Have Lost their Way on Iraq!

kogo4 Below is a dispatch I wrote while in Iraq in 2007.  Note the sheiks on either side of me.  If they can't decide, how can we? And yet, as President Obama has set a deadline, conservatives are standing up against it.  Contemplate this, would conservatives support the invasion of a country that never attacked us?  And would a conservative support staying in that country after studies showed US presence exacerbated the issue?  And once a timetable was placed to remove them, would conservatives who say we should focus on our own problems stop it?  Is black white?  Is left right.  Is conservative . . . . well you get the picture. Jack opens up the phones today to talk about it on AM 600 KOGO and online at kogo.com.  Call in at 1-800-600-5646.

Even The Two Sheiks in Al Badir, Iraq Can’t Agree!

Al Badir, Iraq - I sit in a small office with two men. Two Sheiks. Both are dressed similarly. They wear long robes touched in brown. They both wear the traditional black and white head scarf that is so common of men of their stature in this part of the world. And as I sit here, and listen to how they agree and . . . disagree, I must laugh at how politicians in the west try to characterize this place. It seems that the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. are struggling as parties to get on the same page about Iraq. Both sides want simple sound bites that they can use as clubs to beat up the other. But, of course, reality rarely fits into a sound bite. And it also assumes that Iraqis have one simple position themselves on the American presence in Iraq. But that is also not true. We know that there are divisions between Shia and Sunni. We also know that there are further divisions even within ethnic groups, tribes and political parties. Therefore, anybody who says “the Iraqis want us to stay” is an idiot. At the same time, anybody who says “the Iraqis want us to leave” is equally idiotic. You ask five Iraqis their opinions and you might get ten answers. And even those might not be honest answers. My point for bringing this up is based upon a conversation I had today in the small village of Al Badir. This village on the Euphrates in Dhi Qar Province in Southern Iraq has about 2000 people and is essentially separated between east and west. In the east, Sheik Abdullah runs the show. In the west, Sheik Abbas. As we sit in a small office discussing the village and the role of the Americans, they cannot agree between them on the future. That’s right. These are two men who have known each other all of their lives and live three hundred meters apart in peace can’t agree.
These men argue over how long the Americans should stay. Sheik Abdullah thinks they should stay no more than two years while Abbas thinks they should stay ten. As they as much debate each other as allow me to interview them, we all start to laugh. They raise their voices slightly to emphasize this or that point.
In the end, these two men who know each other so well, have different answers to the same question. So why would somebody 6000 miles away assume to know?
You see my point.So, next time you hear somebody say, “the Iraqis think that . . . “, don’t believe it for a second.
Friday
Feb272009

Jack Hosts on KFI Radio in Los Angeles on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. p.s.t.

kfi1 Join Jack on KFI in Los Angeles this Sunday from 2-5 p.m. p.s.t.   Jack frequently is careful with his opinions and opens up the phones across the country.  However, this Sunday, prepare yourself.  This is his turn and he is already revving up.
Monday
Mar052007

A Helmet is a Helmet is a Helmet. But is it?

When the Federal Express truck pulls up in front of the house, I have to say that I never even think about it. I'm embarrassed to say that I never even think about anything other than the fact that something that I am expecting has arrived. It is sort of like Christmas and all I can think about is my new . . . well . . . The doorbell rings and when I answer it, the man in the purple and black uniform hands me a 12" x 12" x 12" box. It is a perfect cube. I shake it and it makes a loud thumping sound from something heavy in it. I walk it over to the counter and set it down and then walked over to the drawer and pulled out a cheap steak knife. I cut at the tape and unfold the top of the box. I am so excited I don't even notice Marlo, my wife, walk up next to me. As I open the box, there it is. It is the Kevlar helmet that I had just purchased. It is a desert tan. I reach in and lift it out of the box. It is heavy. I am still so focused I don't see my wife's face. You see, while I had worn just such a helmet in the past, in Iraq, Kosovo, and other war zone, this is the first that my wife has seen it. I guess it brings the war and my work directly into our home. You see, I'm preparing to leave for Iraq in just a couple of weeks. But this time, I have to acquire all of the equipment I need before I leave. So, the helmet, jacket, nomax fire retardant flight suit, are all on their way to the house. Each bringing the reality into view. Now, I've been there before but the news has recently been brutal and every time I pick up the paper, turn on the computer, listen to the radio, or watch the news, I shake my head. Marlo can barely watch. Of course, I'm not shocked. I try to shield her but the news seeps in from all directions. It makes me feel a bit like a failure. I turn to her and see her face. I put down the helmet and apologize. And her response is what I have come to expect. She says, "I guess this is how soldiers' wives feel." I don't know what to say. I am so excited that I don't think. What an idiot I am. Of course, I'm aware of the danger and that some of it is out of my control. But sometimes, as I prepare, I miss the most important things. As she stands next to me, what is important demands my attention. I put the helmet back in the box, close the lid and walk it down in the basement. I put it next to the backpack and sleeping bag. I can deal with it later. There is enough to deal with in this house before I leave. Because as the time gets closer for my departure, I need to confirm my plane tickets through London into Kuwait. And from there, I will work my way into Iraq. Of course, between now and then, there is a lot to do.