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[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.


[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.


[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.


[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.  


[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.


[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.


[MSNBC Appearance] Friday, September 6th: Jack Talks Syria and International Law

I appear on The Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC at 5:30 p.m. e.t.  We topic of the day is Syria and International law. I'm supposed to be a part of a panel with Bill Press and Mike Papantonio.  This should be interesting and pretty difficult considering that there are no new answers.

Hope you can watch.


[Fox Channel 9 Appearance] Wednesday, September 4th: Jack Talks Syria

I appear on Fox 9 today at 9:30 p.m. to talk Syria.  President Obama is trying to convince Congress to support an attack on Syria. With more than 1400 dead from an apparent chemical attack, he claimed that this was a bright line.  Well, is it?  It is a real question and difficult for Americans because of more than a decade of war.

Hope you can watch.


[RT Appearance] Monday, July 9th. Jack Talks International Law and War

I appear on RT TV on July 9th at 6 p.m. e.t.  We will look at Pakistan, Libya, Syria and elsewhere as well as President Obama's Targeted Killing Program.  There are real questions as to where we go and what the laws should be, let alone the question of transparency and what we as a society should know.

Hope you can watch.


[Jack Rice Show Appearance] June 24th: Jack Talks Syria, the U.S. and the U.N.