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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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[KOA Denver] August 22nd: Jack Talks Never Ending War in Afghanistan

I appear on KOA Denver on August 22nd.  Mr. Trump sausd he can win in Afghanistan.  OK . . . Genghis Khan couldn't take Afghanistan.  Alexander the Great couldn't either.  Neither could the Russians.  The Brits tried twice. And yet, somehow the Americans are different? Um, yeah, right! That is part of the problem. Afghanistan is barely a country in the current sense. Biding it together is almost impossible. To make matters worse, thinking that you can do it at the point of a gun is pretty foolhardy because this is exactly what everybody else tried to do as well.  And frankly, this will fail.  It may take another 10 or twenty years and billions of dollars and countless lives, but it too will fail.

On that uplifting note . . . 


[KOA Denver] August 9th: Jack Talks Growing U.S./North Korean Tensions

I appear o KOA Radio Denver on August 9th: Tensions are spinning widely out of control between the North Koreans and Donald Trump.  I say Donald Trump rather than the Americans very specifically because it is Dona;d Trump who is exacerbating the tensions. Even his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to calm things down and tried to get the North Koreans and the rest of the world to ignore his boss.  It is quite extrardinary on its face.

The problem with the inconsistencies in American foreign policy is that nobody really knows where the Americans stand.  And with growing tensions alongside the Supreme Leader of North Korea hovering over the button, a huge miscalculation could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.  

Mr. Trump needs to understand that this is not a rally for the faithful in some red state.  If he screws this up, millions could die and it might rightfully be placed in his lap.  I would hope that this would give him pause but I highly doubt it.  

This should be an edgy conversation. 


[KOA Denver] July 5th:N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un Fears He's Gaddafi

I appear on KOA Denver this morning at 8:10 a.m. e.s.t to talk North Korea. Frankly, there are no easy answers.  However, and this aint easy to say, and this is coming from a former CIA officer, if I were the leader of North Korea, I wouldn't give up my nuclear weapons and ambitions either.  As a dictator, I have to deal with two enemies, those from within and those from without.  Nuclear weapons always make those from without pause and it also gives me more leverage and capability at home.  

When Libya's Muammar Gaddafi negotiated away his nuclear weapons, what happened?  The West applauded, but he was weakened. When there was a coup de etat, what happened?  Western forces actually helped those who rose up, supported them, and ultimately, helped kill Gaddafi.  If he still had that weapons program, what they have been willing to help? Or, more likely, would they have said, nope, the risk is too high.  

In Kim Jong-Un's world, he doesn't have lots of options. He has Nucs. He could hit South Korea and he could hit Japan.  And its unlikely the U.S. could do anything to stop him.  He also has an extraordinary conventional capability that could likely kill millions in the South.  Of course, his country would be a parking lot and he would be dead.  However, if he loses his nucs, and this is the point, he could be Gaddafi.

In the end, he simpoy knows he doesn't want to be Gaddafi.



[KOA Denver] June 16th: Jack Talks Possible Death of ISIS Leader in Syria

I appear on KOA Denver on June 16th at 8:10 a.m. e.s.t to discuss the possible death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  This could be an extraordinary blow to the organization.  Last year his worldwide organizational deputy was also killed.  Forces from the West and Middle East are currently pounding Raqqa. 

The Russians claim that they may have kill al-Baghdadi in an airstrike outside of Raqqa back on May 28th.  The Caliphate may be on its last legs if Raqqa falls in Syria.  This could spread the orgainzation around the world but there would be no central physical location for the leadership to operate. With al-Baghdadi's possible death, this could cause additional logistical problems for ISIS and slow any coordinated efforts around the globe.  

An interesting development if it can be confirmed. 

(Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty Images) 


[KOA Denver] June 5th: Jack Talks Latest London Attack

I appear on KOA Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs on June 5th at 8:10 a.m. e.s.t.  Britain has been hit by its thrid terrorist attack since March.  While each attack individually is horrible, the cumulative impact is certainly taking its toll.  Add to that that Britain is in the middle of a national election.  And yet, Britain continues to stand tall and carry on.  Frankly, it is quite impressive and something that I think the United States could emulate.  The reality is that we live in a difficult world and there will always be some unstable, disenfranchised and easily manipulated individuals who are willing to do terrible things.  Until each of us is put into our own individual cages, this will always be the case.  

This promises to be a good conversation.  Steffan is sharp as hell and is a consummate professional. 


[KOA Denver] May 23rd: Jack Talks the Manchester Bombing

I appear on KOA Denver to discuss the recent bombing in Manchester, England. This is a particualrly difficult case as this bombing targeted children. Unfortunately, this case seems to display some of the telltale signs of ISIS.  With more than a dozen dead and more than 50 injured, the entire world is watching this case.  The facts are emerging slowly but people have lots of questions  Again, unfortauntely, at this point there are few answers. However, I will discuss the importance of cooperation between intelligence organizations to address this issue. 

Hope you can listen. 


[KOA Denver] May 10th: Jack Talks Trump's Decision to Fire FBI Director

I appear on KOA Denver with my old friend Steffen Tubbs.  Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973 as Cox was looking into the Watergate scandal. This story of President Trump firing Jim Comey feels a little like that. The problem is the major investigation into the Russia/Trump connection was being driven by the FBI.  This raises enormous questions and we are starting to hear voices from both sides of the aisle including Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee potentially calling for a special prosecutor to step in.  Oh, and Burr's a Republican. This story is actually growing, not shrinking. This may have been a very serious miscalculation on the part of President Trump  We will see.

Hope you can listen.  


[KOA Denver] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes at Syrian Targets

I appear on KOA in Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs to discuss President Trump's decision to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at targets in Syria.  It is an extraordinary shift in American policy.  In fact, as recently as this week, the Secretary of State said we werent' focusing on the Assad regime.  Rather, we were targetting ISIS.  This eries of strikes promises to unend a whole series of efforts in the region. This promises to be a smart interview.

Hope you can listen if you are in the Denver area.


[KOA Denver] March 2nd: Jack Talks Russians and AG Sessions

I appear on KOA in Denver with my old friend Steffan Tubbs to discuss the latest developments in the investigation of Russian involvement with the Trump campaign.  AG Sessions was asked multiple times exactly what contacts he had and then denied having any whatsoever.  It was reveled today that in fact he met several times with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.  This is tough to reconcile and Democrats and even a few GOPers are asking him to recuse huimself from running the investigaiton.  That may be the least of his worries.  

Hope you can catch it.



[KOA Appearance] Tuesday, September 22nd: Jack Talks ISIS and U.S. Airstrikes

I appeara on KOA in Denver, Colorado with my friend Steffan Tubbs on Tuesday, September 22nd.  The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes throughout Syria to take out Syria.  It is an incredibly complex operation and the difficulty will be to determine who our friends and enemies actually are.  We will see.  

This should be really interesting.