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Wednesday
Jul192017

[I24 International News] July 19th: Jack Talks U.S. Ending CIA Covert Ops in Support of Rebels in Syria

I appear on I24 International News at 9:15 p.m. e.s.t. The Trump Administration stated that they intend to end CIA operations in Syrian to help train and arm Rebels against the Damascus regime.  This cuts against the Obama Administration and is consistent with what the Russians have been trying to do the entire time. The Russians have continued to support and arm President Assad against those same rebels. President Trump claims that the focus needs to be on ISIS and not Assad.

I appear appear on I24 International to discuss the ramifications of such a move.  The U.S. has long standing problems in the region and to decision cuts against the chemical weapons attacks conducted by the Assad regime against civilians.  Where will this go next?  A lot of questions.

This should be interesting.

Friday
Jun022017

[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.

Sunday
May212017

[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.

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.

Thursday
Apr132017

[Fox 9 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks Why the U.S. Loves Big Bombs.

I appear on Fox 9 Minneapolis on April 13th at 9 p.m. c.s.t.  I like big bombs and I cannot lie . . . or something like that.  Its strange how America'as citizens seem to wake up and instinctively cheer when we kill people, blow things up or pound our collective chest.  It is a really interesting phenomenon but it continues to hold true.  And then this latest story of a bomb that carries 11,000 lbs of explosives known as a MOAB?  Oh, the rapture.  It's pretty wild actually.nn I will appear and talk about what the UlS., was trying to do, whether it was successful and whwther it will make any difference.   

Thursday
Apr132017

[Kare 11 Minneapolis] April 13th: Jack Talks The Mother of All Bombs

I appear on Kare 11 in Minneapolis on April 13th at 5 p.m. c.s.t.  The U.S. military just dropped the largest conventional they have in their arsenal in eastern Afghanistan known as a MOAB.  They decided to target an ISIS cave complex. This comes just after a U.S. attack in Syria and as the situation heats up in North Korea. This is an interesting development and may be foreshadowing of things to come. All of this is taking place while the investigaiton involving Terump and the Russians continues to gain steam.  Many continue to ask is these two issues are interconnected.  Fascinating.

Hope you can watch.

 

Tuesday
Apr112017

[RTTV Washington DC] April 10th: Jack Talks U.S./Russian Talks

I appear on RTTV with Ed Schultz on April 10th.  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is just finishing up the G7 Summit in Italy and on his way to Moscow for talks and boy is there a lot to talk about.  The U.S. just conducted airstrikes in Syria and there are enormous disagreements on that front.  In addition, the Russians are still at the epicenter of a firestorm in Washington regarding their tampering with American elections and there are multiple investigations taking place in Washington to get to the bottom of that.  And to some degree, tied to the Russian tampering is an issue that is near and dear to the Russians' heart and that is sanctions.  When Russia invaded the Crimea in Ukraine, sanctions were placed on it by the West and particularly the Americans.  The Russians want those sanctions lifted.  In fact, there are many, myself included, that believe that the Russians' invovlement in U.S. elections and maybe even their collusion with the U.S., if proven, was tied directly to the sanctions question.  

So, there is a lot to talk about.

Monday
Apr102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 10th: Jack Talks a Shifting U.S. Policy Re. Syria

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 10th at 4 p.m. c.s.t.  It's fascinating watching conflicting stories come out of the White House and from the Secretary of State regarding Syria.  The Secretary said at the G7 today in Italy that the U.S. had an obligation to "protect innocents."  He can't possibly mean this because the U.S. sat around as 500,000 died and then refused to accept refugee families from the region and went a step further and was talking about sending them back.  All of a sudden, it was abouty "beautiful babies?"  The White House said it was still about America First.  Really?  So which is it?  I'm curious about the President's supporters and whether they are buying that.  Now contemplate how the Russians and the Iranians are seeing this.  This is not simple or easy and it's unclear whether President Trump has contemplated any of these issues.

Hope you can listen.  

Saturday
Apr082017

[WKBK New Hampshire] April 11th: Jack Talks Faux Concern and Pointless Operations

I appear on WKBK in New Hampshire with Dan Mitchell on April 11th at 8:10 a.m. e..s.t. to discuss Trump's $100 million operations against Syria.  Reports have come out today that the Syrians have used the same airbase to hit the same town not long after this U.S. hit  As we watch American politicians weep about these beautiful babies regardless of the 500,00 who have already been slaughtered, there are one hell of a lot of questions that have to be asked and answered.  If we didn't care before, and we didn't, what's the difference?  What is this really about?

This promises to be fun.  Dan is a very smart guy and I always enjoy our conversations.

Saturday
Apr082017

[WVLY West Virginia] April 10th: Jack Talks About What's Next in Syria for Trump

I appear on WVLY in West Virginia with my buddy Howard Monroe on April 10th at 8:40 a.m. e.s.t.   Reports are coming out that the Syrians have used the very same airbase that the Americans hit in the last 2 days.  Further, they targeted the very same area that was reportedly hit by chemical weapons not long ago.  So, what did this $100 million stake actually do?  Did it make any difference at all?  What comes next? 

I'll talk about it with Howard.  If you are in the region or online, hope you can catch it.