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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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[RT America] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump Playing a Dangerous Game with North Korea


[Russian TV Moscow] July 21st: Jack Talks U.S. Losing in Afghanistan

I appear on Russia TV Moscow on July 21st. The U.S. is losing the war in Afghanistan.  Its objetively true.  In fact, the Taliban now controls more terrirtory in the country than anytime since 9/11.  Contemplate that for a second.

The U.S. acknowledged today that they inadvertantly bombed Afghani soldiers and civilians in Helmund province.  In fact, record numbers of Afghani civilians have have been hit by American and Afghani Airforce airstrikes. What doesn't help is that the numbers of U.S. and Ag=fghani sorties has increased to more than 1500 in 2016 and already more than 1000 this year.  As a result, statistically, the chance for inadvertant bombings simply increases.  However, everytime this happens, it makes it even harder for the Americans to be successful.  And again, they aren't winning. 

This should be an interesting conversation.  Further, considering  


[Russian TV with Ed Schultz] June 13th: Jack Talks Trump's Response

I appear on Russian TV with Ed Schultz on June 13th.  Its interesting. I regularly ask myself about whether it is appropriate to even appear on Russian TV considering what the Russians did in the last election.  My decision to occasionally do it is based upon this belief: if I say what I truly believe to be true, even if it is delivered by the Russians, I'm fine with that. I'm not here to blindly support the American point of view just because it is American or this Administration's point of view just because it currently speaks for the Americans.  It is far more nuanced than that. 

Today, I think one of the issues we are going to discuss President Trump and what he should do now. Strangely, and I do believe this to be true, Trump has fundamentally misjudged this crisis.  He honestly thought that if he kept calling the Russian op fake news, people would buy it.  People didn't and the Russians really did this. Secondly, he has been reactive when he needs to be proactive.  

Coming from an Intelligence background as well as a legal background and even a media background, I think this may be right up my alley today.

This is going to be fun and interesting. 


[RT International Moscow] June 2nd: Jack Talks More Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria

I appear on RT International on June 2nd.  A recent study just determined that almost 500 innocent civilians have been killed by U.S. airstrikes in Northern Iraq and Syria since 2014.  Sadly, the problem is that with a change in definiations, the numbers of innocent civilian death may actually be substantially higher.  The Secretary of Defense called such deaths a fact of life.  This was a horrible description and one that will actually increase the tension.  

Tis will be an interesting coversation.  Hope you can catch it.


[RT America] May 24th: Jack Talks Manchester, Terrorism Threats and Muslim Bans

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz.  As we continue to take a closer look at the Manchester bombing, there is a fundamental point that is continuingly missed.  The bomber is a British citizen.  In fact, he was born in Britain.  And yet, Donald Trump has argued that banning refugees from Muslim countries is the answer.  Really?  Would that have made a difference in this case?  Would it have man a difference in Paris?  In Belgium?  Even in the States? The answer is no. I expect this to be a really interesting conversation.

Hope you can catch it.  



[Russia TV Moscow] May 21st: Jack Talks a Post Syrian War World

I appear on Russian TV to talk Syria and the aftermath.  As the U.S. continues as part of a coalition to fight ISIS, there is a real question as to what happens after the war.  Its easy to talk about the fight, blowing things up and killing people.  However, what happens after the fighting has stopped and things need to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, by then nobody is watching and nobody cares. However, with millions of people in the wake of the war, what happens afterward may be even more important.  And yet, American officials are already talking about not wanting to pay for the rebuilding.  So, it is a nation building question which is hard for Americans. 

This promises to be interesting.


[Russia TV Moscow] May 10th: Jack Talks Comey Firing

I appear on Russian TV to talk about President Trump's firing on FBI Director Jim Comey.  I made the decision to appear on Russian TV because the Russians absolutely played a role in this.  Trump orginally tried to argue that this was about Comey's work on the Clinton emails.  That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and there is simply no justifiable way to explain this.  So, to put it simply, it is false.  There must be another reason and the only obvious answer in the Russians.  Yes, the potential connection between the Russia and Trump is the elephant or bear in the room.  This issue needs to be determined.

Hope you can watch.  


[Russian TV Moscow] April 6th: Jack Talks U.S. Attack in Syria and Russian Response

I appear on Russia TV Moscow to discuss the U.S. strikes in Syria.  This will likely be a very interesting conversation as the Russians have a very long standing relationship with the Syrians and have been in fact fighting alongside the regime.  In fact, as recently as 72 hours ago, the Americans and Russians seemed to be agreement that they were going to taret ISIS and that Assad was not the target.  That has been the policy for some time and the assad regime has dramatically increased their holdings.  This shift absolutely changeS the dynamics on the ground.  Of course, this was before the Syrians reportedly attacked civilians using chemical weapons.

This kind of interview is fundamentally different that that which I have in the States or even in Western Europe.  Its always interesting and certainly keeps me on my toes.  


[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.


[Russian TV Moscow] March 26th: Jack Talks U.S. Attack in Mosul

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on March 26th at 6 p.m. e.s.t.  On March 17th, the Americans conducted airstrikes on Mosul in support of Iraq ground operations.  Unfortunately, it was subsequetly learned that more than a hundred civilians, maybe two hundred or more, may have been killed.  The Iraqis are claiming it was ISIS but the investigaiton continues.  Regardless, I appear to talk about civilian casualties in warzones.  I saw this in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in other parts of the world during wars.  Civilians always pay the heaviest price.

This is going to be a tough but interesting conversation.