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Entries in russian tv (13)

Tuesday
Jun202017

[Russian TV Moscow] June 20th: Jack Talks Green on Blue Attacks in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV Moscow on June 20th.  This isn't the first time that this has happened.  In fact it has happened many times and it will sadly happen again.  In fact, this is absolutely one of the things American soldiers need to be conscious of: attacks from allied Afghan soldiers with whom they are conducting joint operations.  The Russians wants me to come on and talk about a recent attack where three U.S. soldiers were killed by an Afghanistan soldier.  What does this say?

I remember being in Iraq and out on joint patrol with the Americans and poorly trained Iraq soldiers in the streets of Baghdad.  First of all, the Iraqis at the time weren't very good.  That's certainly a problem but its not the only problem.  Another big problem is whether they have been vetted very well.  The fear is that at any point, one of those allied soldiers could turn around and take down a half a dozen of their American counterparts.  It is a petrifying possibility and, again, has happened again and agin.

In my case, we were storming  a building and I was running up a flight of stairs with the American and Iraqi solders and at some point through all of the confusion, I was in the middle of a very dangerous environment and something occurred to me: there were no American or other Western soldiers around me at all.  I was surrounded by a very poorly trained and marginally vetted Iraqi unit.  I can tell you, I have rarely felt more exposed.  Sometimes being completely alone would be more preferred.  Thankfully, things played out just fine but it could have just as easily gone a different direction.  

We will talk history, experience and the political situation in Afghanistan.  This will be interesting.

Thursday
Apr132017

[Russian TV Moscow] April 13th: Jack Talks World Concerns over Latest U.S. Strike in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV out of Moscow on April 13th at 6 p.m. e.s.t.   The U.S. is still in the wake of its strike in Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles. Now, with the dropping of a huge conventional bomb with 11,000 lbs of explosives in Afghanistan, and a U.S. Battle Group on their way to North Korea, the rest of the world is extremely nervous about exactly what is going on.  Combine that with all that is going on with the Trump/Russian investigation alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent visit to Moscow as well as the G7, there is an extraordinary amount happening in the world.  

So, I'll appear with the Russians and try to take a breath and hit this as broadly and thuroughly as I can.  Of course, the Russian government has their own agenda but so do the Americans and everybody else.  I just call em as I see em.

If you can get it, hope you will watch.

Friday
Sep252015

[Russian Television Appearance] September 25th: Jack Talks Detainee Relase from Gitmo

Always interesting to appear on Russian TV to discuss the release of the last remaining British detainee held at Gitmo. He was cleared to be released in 2007 but for primarily political reasons, he's only being released now. Gitmo continues to be one of the best recruiting tools for the likes of ISIS, al Shabaab, and even Boko Haram. You'd think the US would learn something eventually. . . .

Thursday
Aug132015

[Russian TV International Appearance] August 13th - Jack talks Gitmo

I'm appearing on Russian TV International on August 14th to discuss the impending death of one of the detainees being held by the United States government.  He has been force fed for years and has been on a hunger strike based upon his detainment.  I will appear on Russian TV International discuss the international standards and why this is a big deal.

I hope you can watch wherever you are in the world. 

Wednesday
Jun222011

[RT Appearance] Thursday, June 23rd: Jack Compares U.S. and Russia in Afghanistan

I appear on Russian TV on Thursday, June 23rd.  This should really interesting as I will appear on Russian TV based in Moscow.  As the Americans try to roll back their operations, I will talk about the comparison between what the Americans are doing and what the Russians did.  I will use my experience in Afghanistan as well as CIA background to address the issue with Russian television.

This should be pretty wild.

Tuesday
Aug312010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 31st: Talk on President Obama's Speech

I appear on Russian TV on August 31st at 6:05 p.m. e.t.  As President Obama prepared to speak to the nation, I will appear on RT TV to talk about Iraq and how the American withdrawal will have in the region.  In addition, I will also talk about the targeted kill program and how it may impact the situation.  Should be fun.

Hope you can watch.

Thursday
Aug262010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 26th: Talk on Iraq and "Mission Accomplished"

Thursday
Aug262010

[Russian TV Appearance] Thursday, August 26th: Talk on Iraq and "Mission Accomplished"

I appear on Russia TV on Thursday, August 26th at 8 p.m. e.t.  As the Americas have signaled the end of the war in Iraq, the Obama Administration wants this war to go away.  Of course, this ignores multiple attacks and growing instability.  In some ways, the Mission Accomplished banner used by the Bush Administration could be rolled out again.  This is what happens when you invade a country.  It is never clean and it is never easy.

Hope you can watch.

Wednesday
Aug182010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 17th: Talk on Afghanistan and Contractors

Tuesday
Aug172010

[Russian TV Appearance] August 17th: Talk on Afghanistan and Contractors

I appear on Russian TV on August 17th at 8 p.m. e.t.  President Karzai has established a four month deadline for many military contractors to be out of Afghanistan.  This is being driven by both internal and external politics.  On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I saw this tension with my own eyes.  I will appear on Russian TV to talk about the implications for Americans in the region.

Hope you can watch it.