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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.

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.