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Thursday
May032018

[Press TV Iran] May 2nd: Trump Team in Turmoil

Thursday
Feb152018

[AM950 Minneapolis] February 15th: What Happens When the U.S. Kills Russian Mercenaries.

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Mattt cNeil on February 14th.  On February 7th and 8th, there was a serious firefight that took place in an oil rich region on Syria. This fact in itself may not generally be terribly significant except for one fact, apparently the combatants were American on one side and the other side were primarily Russian mercenaries. According to reports, the U.S. was using B-52s, AC-130 Gunships and F15s.  As a result of airstrikes and close combat, somewhere between 100 and 300 Russian, Ukrainian and other Southern Republic fighters were killed.  What are the implications.

This is a fascinating story because it highlights the shadowy world of the merc and how and why countries use them.  We will talk that and a lot more.  

Friday
Dec012017

[I24 International News] November 30th: Russians Expanding Influence

I appear on I24 International News on November 30th. Okay, I have to tell you the truth. This was one of the most enjoyable segments I have done in a really long time. Essentially, the Russians through Russian FM Medvedev and the Egyptians have agreed to share airspace. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it is. It essentially give the Russians enormous latitude to operate in the region.  There have been credible reports that Russian Special Ops troops were operating on the western border of Egypt as recently as March of this year.  Combine these two and it shows just how closely the countries are beginning to cooperate. Understand, Egypt was one of the closest allies the Americans had in the region.  Now?  Who knows.

Combine the relationship with the Russian agreements with the Turks, the Iranians, the Iraqis and what you start to see is like nothing the West has ever seen before. I'm not even talking about the Russians support of Asaad and Syria.  That piece is beyond extraordinary.  Frankly, with the vacuum created by the current U.S. Administration in the region, the Russians are moving in and filling the gap in a big way.  

I was able to talk about history, borders, interests, cold war politics, hot war politics and Putin and Trump. Bring it on.  So so cool.

Thursday
Nov302017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] November 30th: Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Mike McIntee on November 30th. Things are absolutely ramping up with Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign and the Russians. The President claims that the investigation will be over by the end of the year. That is an unequivocal pipe dream.  It will never happen.  Mike Flynn is in the wings right now and I expect indictments or pleas to come down the pike at any moment.

This is going to be an interesting conversation as we look back and where we have come but really where we are going in the future.  This promises to be fun. Hope you can listen.

Thursday
Oct262017

[Russian TV Moscow] October 25th: Jack Talks Syrian Revolution, Civil War and Proxies

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on October 25th. When Syria started to blow apart back in 2011, it was complicated. It has only become progressively so. It really start as a revolution of sorts with Syrian civilian and military rebels acquiring weapons for former Syrian military personnel who supported the cause. It was only then that the various interests around the globe truly took notice and took sides. The Free Syrian Army was one such group but there are and were many many alternatives.  The probke is that massive weaponry poured into the country from all directions from those seeking a voice and control in the region, from Truket, to Iran, to Saudi Arabia to Russia to the United States and beyond.  This includes the proxies of the proxies.  As a result, the infighting within the country driven from the inside and the outside multipled.

I will appear to talk its history, the players, the complications, and more.  

Sunday
Oct082017

[Press TV Iran] October 8th: Jack Talks U.S. Relations with Turkey Deteriorating

I appear on Press TV Iran on October 8th. The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for a long time but those relations continue to buckle on many fronts. Further, Erdogan's willingness to look to other partners including Iran and Russia are making things even worse for the Americans. This to is particularly thrilling for both the Iranians and the Russians.

Most recently, there were more cuts today in various Visa programs between the countries. And to this the continues abuse of the media and the arrest of more than 100,000 after the coups and the detention of American citizens and the unwillingness of the Americans to deport the one the Erdogan believes is responsible, you have recipe for disaster.

This is fgoing to be an interesting conversation indeed.

Tuesday
Aug082017

[MSNBC] August 6th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Connection

I appear on MSNBC on August 6th. This seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, or the nightmare that keeps on scaring, depending upon how one wants to see it.  Bob Mueller has just impaneled a Grand Jury on Washington DC to look at the Russia/Trump connection.  Its important because there was already a Grand Jury that had been impaneled to look at disgraced National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and to start something new seems to indicate that there is something more to look at.  

The advantage of a Grand Jury is that you can subpoena records and interrogate under oath and ultimately, bring down indictments.  This is potentially critical to the ongoing investigation.  Further, Mueller continues to bring in more very experienced and very capable prosecutors which also seems to say that this things aint nowhere near  done.

This should be an interesting conversation.