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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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Wednesday
Nov222017

[RT America] November 22nd: Jack Talks Trump, Putin, and Assad on Syria and Who Won

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
May182017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 17th: Jack Talks Special Prosecutor

I always appreciate appearing on Voice of America International  The interviews are always well thought out with an eye toward history.  That is particularly important in a case like this.  When people are neck deep in the moment, it can sometimes be difficult to see anything with perspective.  However, when one talks about the U.S. presidency and bringing in a special prosecutor to look at the issue of whether a sitting President may have colluded with the Russians, it is absolutely one for the history books.  

Robert Mueller is a former FBI Director.  In fact, he was the Director under both President Bush and President Obama.  This is important.  Again, with a view of history in mind, having somebody with a bias would do a horrible disservice for the country.  Get somebody with one agenda that is looking for any reason to prosecute this President and you risk alienating a massive group of Americans as well as politicize and delegitimatize the process.  Go the other direction and you risk ignoring the possibility that the Russians not only manipulated an election but did it with the help of the sitting President.  Worse, this would also mean that Russian President Putin would still have something on the President and could make him nothing but a puppet.  Again, not a desirable outcome either.

So, to look at these issues with VOA is always a pleasure.  I hope you can listen.  

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.

Wednesday
Apr122017

[Nicole Sandler Show - Florida] April 12th: Jack Talks Russian Expansion and Influence in U.S.

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on April 12th at 3 p.m. e.s.t.  As the stories of Russian influence in the U.S. and the world continue to circulate and expand, I will appear to talk about what it all means.  The latest information about Trump Advisor and American Businessman Carter Page hit the news, this is nothing short of exttraortdinary.  FBI officials were seriously looking at him as a Russian spy.  In fact, they went to a FISA Court judge and not only convinced them once but multiple times that a warrant was necessary.  Where this goes next is anybody's guess.  We are all certainly moving into unchartered waters.  

Hope you can catch it.  

Tuesday
Apr042017

[Russian Television] April 4th: Jack Talks St. Petersburg Terrorist Attack

I appear on Russian Television on April 4th.  This week, St. Petersburg was attacked by at least one terrorist who detonated a device in the subway system.  At least 14 were killed and around 50 were injured.  It is also significant in that this is the hometown on President Putin and he was visiting the region at the time of the attack.  The question the Russians are wrestling with is whether or not this was a lone wolf attack or a complex, corrdinated effort.

I will appear to talk about the differences and what the Americans and Europeans have been dealing with and how this may impact how the Russians approach this issue.  I hope you can catch it.

Wednesday
Mar292017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] March 28th: Jack Talks Long List of Russian Enemy Deaths

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on March 28th.  It is quite exttraordinary that over the last decade plus, an amazing number of Russiam state enemies have ended up dead and this truly isn't an exageration.  From the likes of Alexander Litvinenko to the former PM of Ukraine.  Then there are the strange number of poisonings. This is not an exageration either.  We will discuss this long history and how this may be contiuning under Vladimir Putin.

I'm excited.  This is going to be fun.