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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 and trial skills teacher aroud the world, 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] November 6th: Jack Talks Texas Shooting

I appear on KOA Denver on November 5th. More than twenty five killed and dozens more injured.  Another shooting, another killing, and more talk.  Some are talking whether this is a tipping point.  Others complaining that this is too political and now isn't the time.  My conclusion is that absolutely nothing will happen. We are outraged right now and  this may last another day or two but this will go away, and nothing, absolutely nothing will happen.  

Its a difficult topic but I will do my best to report on both sides.  I hope you can listen in on the conversation.  


[KOA Denver] November 1st: Jack Talks Manhattan Attack

I appear on KOA Denver on November 1st. Another attack, this one in Manhattan.  We know very little. He was allegedly from Uzbekistan, was here legally, lived in New Jersey, was married, and had two kids. Oh yeah, and he was Muslim. Guess which little factoid will be the only one that counts. 

As we dig into this cases, it can become difficult for law enforcement and the intelligence community to do their jobs when the argument is made that this is a religious thing or we start talking about "those people."  I get it that people are scared.  That is expected.  However, it is equally important to carefully think about the right approach.

Hope you can catch it.


[KOA Denver] October 2nd: Jack Talks Las Vegas Shooting

I appear on KOA Denver on October 2nd.  This is breaking news and we have very little information at this point.  Reports are discussing 20 dead but this could get much much worse. This is a story that is becoming all too familiar and people will seek answers and action but it is likely that little or nothing, sadly, will happen.

Stay tuned.  


[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.


[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.