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Friday
Apr072017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 7th at 3:30 p.m. with my friend Matt McNeil.  I appears that President Trump is getting a lot of support from the American people for his decision to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at a cost of $100 million into Syria.  Many are trying to understand why the President made this decision considering his very words about American involvement in Syria, about America first, and more.  We will discuss this and more.

Hope you can listen.

Friday
Apr072017

[WCCO Minneapolis] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Missile Strike in Syria and What Comes Next

I appear on WCCO Radio with John Williams on April 7th and 3 p.m. c.s.t.  John is a smart guy and thoughtful in his approach to stories and the news.  With President Trump makes a complete about-face regarding his foreign policy stand in Syria, there are enormouse questions to address.  Is this just a one time thing?  Will there be more airstrikes?  Will there be books on the ground?  What about the Russians?  All are issues that we will likely cover.  

This should be interesting.  On a side note, this will also be interesting as I was on air for many years with WCCO.  As a result, it always feels a little bit like old home week.  That should make it a little more fun for me too.

Friday
Apr072017

[KOA Denver] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes at Syrian Targets

I appear on KOA in Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs to discuss President Trump's decision to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at targets in Syria.  It is an extraordinary shift in American policy.  In fact, as recently as this week, the Secretary of State said we werent' focusing on the Assad regime.  Rather, we were targetting ISIS.  This eries of strikes promises to unend a whole series of efforts in the region. This promises to be a smart interview.

Hope you can listen if you are in the Denver area.

Thursday
Apr062017

[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.  

Thursday
Apr062017

[NBC Affiliate Kare 11] April 6th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

I appear live on NBC Affilate Kare 11 in Minnepaolis at 10 p.m c.s.t  President Trump just ordered airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians.  This is really unprecedented for the Americans but an extrtaordinary shift for President Trump.  Throughout his campaign, he argued directly against exactly this kind of a response.  Further, as recently as the last 72 hours, his Secretary of State and his U.S. Ambassador the UN both said that the focus was going to be ISIS and not Assad.  As a result, there is a lot of confusion as to whether this is a new policy or a one time thing.

Thanks is going to be an interesting conversation.

Saturday
Jun042016

[Russian TV International] Saturday, June 4th: Jack Talks Sorting Out the Good Guys from the Bad in Syria

What happens when it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad and everybody wants to be the leader? Think Syria. Al Qaida continues to operate and so does ISIL and the Iranians want to fight but so does the Damascus regime and the Russians and the Americans and the Brits and the French. And they all have different agendas. Get the picture? I'm on Russian TV out of Moscow soon to discuss.

Friday
May272016

[Russian TV International] Friday, May 27th: Jack Talks U.S. Special Forces in Iraq and Syria.

With American special operations forces increasing in Northern Iraq and Syria, I will appear on Russian TV International out of Moscow to discuss the ramifications and just how this may shift the balance of power. Hope you can catch it.

Thursday
Sep262013

[Al Jazeera America Appearance] September 26th: Jack Talks International Terrorism and Syria

I appear on Al Jazeera America on September 26 at 10:00 p.m. to talk about Al Qaida and Syria.  The West is struggling to determine how to support opposition groups while at the same time being hesitant to do so because they might be Al Qaida.  As a result, some in Syria see the opposition as unable to acquire support to fight Assad. So, what is the West to do?  What are opposition groups to do? What do the Americans do?

Click here to watch and hope you like it.  

Tuesday
Sep102013

[The Carl Wolfson Show] Tuesday, September 10th: Jack Talks International Law

I appear on the Carl Wolfson Show on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:45 a.m. e.t.  With President Obama talking to the United Nations about the growing crisis in Syria, exactly what are the political and legal ramifications of going in?  I will have a long conversation with Carl, one of the smartest guys in radio, about this topic and more.

Hope you can listen.

Sunday
Sep082013

[The Joe Madison Show] Monday. September 9th: Jack Talks Syria and International Law

I appear on The Joe Madison Show on Monday, September 9th at 8:40 a.m. e.t.  With President Obama continuing to try to convince the U.S. to strike Syria, whyy is it the lefties aren't buying it?  The right frequently rejects the President because he is of the opposing party but what about the left?  I'm looking forward to this converasations for a lot of reasons but also because I'm a big fan of Joe's.  We traveled to Euope and Africa together years ago!

Hope you can listen.