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Monday
Mar192018

[KNUS Denver] March 19th: President Putin, again

I appear on KNUS Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs.  President Putin wins again for a third term.  He's at the epicenter of power and working the Chinese, the Turks, the Syrians, the Americans and more.  In fact, it is quite impressive what he is capable of right now. In fact, Putin has become synonymous with Russia itself. The only question amongst some is what does a post-Putin Russia even look like.

I'm looking forward to this conversation.

Monday
Mar192018

[I24 International] March 19th: Putin Wins Reelection in Russia. I'm shocked!

Sunday
Mar182018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] March 18th: Putin Wins and Americans Should Care

I appear on Voice of America Intl Edition on March 18th. Putin wins re-election with more than 70% of the vote. This is not a surprise but tha ramifications of another 6 year term for Vladimir Putin will have a very real impact upon American foreign policy.  Putin and his team are some of the most experienced, talented and capable on the planet right now.  This is not a question of good or bad, just of capability.  Further, Putin has made it clear that Russia is back and willing to fight above its weight class and regularly win.  

This will be a fun conversation. 

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.