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Jack is really a storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Tuesday
Apr252017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] April 25: Jack Talks Mike Flynn's Crimes

I appear on Voice of America International on April 25th to discuss recent statements by House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz, a Republican, who acknowledged today alongside others on the Committee that President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have committed a crime when he failed to disclose that he was a foreign agent for the Turks and the Russians.  Of course, this investigation is really about something else.

The real question is whether the Trump team conspired with the Russians to win the election.  What is certain is this:  The Russians tried to manipulate the election.  The Russians tried to support the Trump candidacy over Clinton.  The Russians paid Flynn.  Flynn failed to disclose the information.  Flynn met with the Russian Ambassador, a known intelligence agent  What is necessary now is to determine what did Flynn talk about with the Russians and did Trump conspire alongside Flynn.

This is going to be an interesting conversation 

Tuesday
Apr252017

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 24th: Jack Talks Trump/Russia and the Senate Intel Committee

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 24th at 3:30 p.m. c.s.t.  As the story of Trump and the Russians refuses to die, there are three ongoing investigations, the FBI, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.  While the FBI investigation iis pretty veiled and difficult to figure out at this point, it is clear the the House Intelligence Committee is in turmoil and a political trainwreck  Congressman Nunez has recused himself and the fingerpointing continues. That leaves the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At this point, Senator Burr's Chairmnaship of this Committee certainly has a lot of questions to answer.  For instance, the Committee has interviewed nobody.  In fact, they have subpoened nobody. Further, they have no fulltime staff investigating the matter and of the part time staff they do have, none of them have prosecutorial experience. None of them have investigative experience.  And, none of them have intelligence experience.  So, what exactly are they doing?  At this rate, President Trump will be out of office before anybody even starts addressing the issue of whether or not he or his team colluded with the Russians.  

Lets be clear, this is not fake news. U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russians absolutely attempted to manipulate the Presidential election.  We also know that the Russians were trying to help Trump.  The only question is whether Trump actively or passively accepted that help.  This is what we need to know.

This will be a fun interview.

Sunday
Apr162017

[MSNBC w/ AMJoy] April 16th: Jack Talks North Korea and Trump

I appeart on MSNBC's AM Joy on April 16th at 10 a.m. e.s.t.  North Korea was desperately trying to provoke and manipulate President Trump, and he succeeded.  Trump started tweeting back in the middle of the night asnd played right into the Northern Korean dictator's hands.  Foolish beyond belief.  Trump then sent a Battle group into the region causing even more instability.  The ramifications of this game can be catastrophic.  There are 20K U.S. troops in South Korea and between 25k-40k troop sin Japan.  There are 25 million civilians in Seoul alone.  This is absolutely no the way to approach this.  Unfortunately, Donald Trump is nothing but a hammer and to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  

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.   

Wednesday
Apr122017

[KOA Denver] April 13th: Jack Talks FISA Warrant for Trump Advisor 

I appear on KOA Denver with Steffan Tubbs on April 13th at 8:20 a.m. e.s.t.  The Washington Post reported that the FBI has been investigating Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page since 2013.  This is an extraordinary revelation considering Page's multiple contacts with Russian Intelligence operatives.  This is the deepest connection to Russian spying to date and there is a lot to talk about.

This is going to be fun. 

Wednesday
Apr122017

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 12th: Jack Talks Russia's Intentions

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil on April 12th at 3:00 p.m.  With the constant drip drip drip of stories coming out about Russia and the Trump Administration, it is sometimes easy to miss the big picture. What exactly is Russia doing and why?  We need to contemplate where Russia was before the fall of the Berlin Wall and  the "end of the cold war."  The Soviet Union became a has-been and was laughed off of the world stage.  However, the Riussians never thought of it that way and Vladimir Putin has had very different ideas for a long time.  Contemplate what they are doing in the Middle East right now.  They have been having a dramatic impact in Iran, in Syria, in Turkey and more. Consider Russia's willingness to reach back into the former Soviet Republics and what they did in the Crimea. They aren't done and they have cconcept of Russia's rightful place in the world  

I will appear with Matt to talk big picture about where Russia is going and what is coming next.  There is a lot to talk about and few to nobody is actually doing it.  This is going to be something worth listening to I believe. I hope you can catch it.

Wednesday
Apr122017

[Nicole Sandler Show - Florida] April 12th: Jack Talks Russian Expansion and Influence in U.S.

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on April 12th at 3 p.m. e.s.t.  As the stories of Russian influence in the U.S. and the world continue to circulate and expand, I will appear to talk about what it all means.  The latest information about Trump Advisor and American Businessman Carter Page hit the news, this is nothing short of exttraortdinary.  FBI officials were seriously looking at him as a Russian spy.  In fact, they went to a FISA Court judge and not only convinced them once but multiple times that a warrant was necessary.  Where this goes next is anybody's guess.  We are all certainly moving into unchartered waters.  

Hope you can catch it.  

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.