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Tuesday
Sep262017

[KOA Denver] September 26th: Jack Talks North Korea and the Inevitable

I appear on KOA Denver on September 26th. The rhetoric between the United States and the North Koreans continues to ramp up. So do the provocations. The North Koreans continue to fire missiles, conduct tests, and make ugly videos. President Trump continues to promise destruction and fly U.S. bombers off the coast of the North Korean coast.

The problem is, at this level, one side or the other could easily make a mistake and that is all it would take.  Its all well and good to pound your chest and talk tough but if somebody, anybody pushes a button, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions could die. 

And the rhetoric continues.

Sunday
Sep032017

[Press TV Tehran] August 3rd: Jack Talks North Korean Hydrogen Bomb

I appear on Press TV Iran on August 3rd. The North Koreans just tested another nuclear bomb and not just any nuclear bomb, a hydrogen bomb.  They have never tested anything this powerful. Further, they stated they have the technology to place a nuclear device on a missile. If this is the case, the ramifications could truly be catastrophic.

The Americans are responding and absolutely threatening the North Koreans and the United Nations Security Counsel is meeting tomorrow to talk about possible options. One possibility the Americans are discussing is sanctions where they stop trading with anybody who trades with the North Koreans. This is designed to hit one and only one country really, the Chinese. This was serious before but each day, the world continues to step a little closer to something truly and honestly deadly.

While this may be hard to find in the west, if you are in Iran or the Middle East, I hope you cam 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
Aug012017

[RT America] August 1st: Jack Talks Growing U.S. Tensions with North Korea

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz on August 1st. Tensions are continuing to grow between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and President Trump. The North Koreans have conducted more than a dozen weapons tests since February and it sometimes feels as if it is taunting the President. The fear is that the President seems to be taking the bait. He told Sen. Lindsey Graham that there well could be a war.  The problem is that the North Koreans have nuclear weapons and if Kim is cornered and feels threatened, I don't think he is going to die alone.  He could very well use them. 

Remember, Seoul is 35 miles south of the DMZ, has more than 25 million people in the metro area and the even a U.S. preemptive strike could not take out all of North Korea's capability. The potential is that hundreds of thousands could die or more. Its horrific.  Of course, none of the answers are simple.

So, let's see what I can say in 5 minutes.  Hahahaha.  Hope you can watch.

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.

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.