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Entries in syria (35)

Saturday
Apr142018

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 14th: Trump Talks Tough on Syria.

I appear on AM950 in Minneapolis with Mike McIntee. The Syrians have apparently used chemical weapons against their own people again.  This is nowhere near the first time the Syrian have committed atrocities against their own people.  It is truly despicable and unacceptable. In fact this kind of behavior has been going on consistently now for several years.  And yet, this President all of a sudden has decided that it is over the line now when just two weeks ago he said he was going to pull out of Syria. The real problem is that he is all over the board and does not seem to have a coherent strategy.

This will be interesting.

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.

Wednesday
Nov222017

[RT America] November 22nd: Jack Talks Trump, Putin, and Assad on Syria and Who Won

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.  

Tuesday
Oct242017

[Press TV Tehran] October 24th: Jack Talks Delays in Kurdistan Elections and the Treaty of Versailles

I appear on Press TV Tehran on October 24th.  The Iraqi Kurdistan parliament has voted to delay elections by eight months.  There were as lot of countries watching what was happening out of Erbil. Its clear that Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and the U.S. is not interested in seeing an independent Kurdistan and it potentially threatens that borders of those existing countries and could also create some short term instability on the region.  Let's face it, the fear is a domino effect in which one move could force another, could force another, etc.  is a very real one where we have seen a lot of instability in the last several decades. 

The problem is that millions of Kurds were disenfranchised and marginalized when the Europeans arbitrarily cut the Middle East up into its current scheme at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.  At the point, millions of Kurds were placed into Iraq, with millions more placed in Iran, Turkey, Syria and even the Southern Republicans.  The net result was a guarantee that none of those Kurdish groups would have a majority voice.

This will be a fun conversation.   

 

Sunday
Sep242017

[Press TV Tehran] September 24th: Jack Talks Kurdish Independence

I appear on Press TV Iran on September 24th.  The Kurdish people of Iraq are preparing to have a referendum on Monday, September 25th. It is not actually to declare independence but rather a very informal declaration that this is something that they really want to do.  The problem is the the U.S., the United Nations, the Turks, the Iraqis and more are against it because it threatens them.

This will be an interesting conversation because this is a massive issue for the Kurdish people. They were cut into geographic pieces after World War I and decimated by most every country afterward.  They want more and identify themselves as one people.  Will this make a difference?

This will be an interesting conversation as the Iraniangovernment isn't particuarly interested in helping them either.