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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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Monday
Mar202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] March 20th: Jack Talks Intel Investigations re. Trump and Russia

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis today at 4:05 p.m. c.s.t to discuss Director Comey's and Admiral Rogers' testimony before Congress. This is quite extraordinary.  Both actually admitted that there was nothing behind President Trump's claims regarding President Obama.  Let me say that again.  This was a lie.  Seriously, this is extraordinary.  In addition, the idea that there is an ongoing investigaiton of the Trump team and Russia is actually mindboggling.  

This is going to be good.

Saturday
Mar112017

[MSNBC] March 11th: Jack Talks Trump/Russian Connections

I appear on AM Joy on MSNBC at 9 am. e.s.t. to discuss the latest connections between the Trump administration and the Russians.  It is quite extraordinary how many connections continue to pop up.  One of my concerns is the flat out denials and then the revelations. Consider Flynn, Sessions and more.  

Of course, the Russians have a long history of trying to influence elections.  This shouldn't be a shock.  The Americans have done the same thing over the decades.  The real question now is how successful the Russians were at co-opting the Trump machine during the election process.  One of the problems of course is that it is unclear what kinds of financial ties the Trump organization has with the Russians,  This is certainly an issue that needs to be considered.

This should be an interesting and fun conversation.  Joy is smart and funny and I always enjoy myself.

Thursday
Mar022017

[Voice of America International] March 2nd: Jack Talks Russia, Trump, Sessions and More

I appear on Voice of American International today to discuss the ongoing story of Russia and Trump White House connections.  To be honest, I'm struggling to see where this ends.  My perception is that Flynn was never the end of the story although the Administration was despertely trying to argue it that way.  However, what is particualrly shocking about Attorney General Sessions is why he would say what he said during the confirmation hearings.  He had to know that this would come out.  Right?  So, what is going on with this? He has recused himself and could face much worse. In addition, reports are surfacing right now about White House Special Advisor abd son-in-law Jared Kushner also having contacts with the Russians.  Again, the net widens.

This promises to be an interesting conversation.

Friday
Jan272017

[The Nicole Sandler Show] January 27th: Jack Talks Media in the Trump Era

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on January 27th at 3;30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Nicole Sandler.  She have known each other since the Air America days and beyond.  President Trump has declared war on the media and his watch dog Steve Bannon has upped the charge.  He says the the Media should just shut up and listen.  That's fascinating considering when what Mr. Trump continues to say is verifiable lie after verifiable lie. By the way, I am not using the term lie here loosely.  What he is saying regarding a whole series of things has been verified false by source after source after source.  When POTUS continues to repeat the lie and claim that it is true, regardless of how many times it has been pointed out, I believe that the term lie is appropriate.  We will talk about the role of the media and why now, more than maybe ever, the media needs to stand up to politicians.

On a separate issue, we will also discuss torture and the CIA.  Apparently, POTUS believes in waterboarding and may be arguing for its continuation.  This is quite extraordinary and should result is an amazing conversation.  I have some very specific ideas about it and contemplate what it might be like to prosecute this President in the Hague for crimes against humanity.  

This promises to be interesting.

 

Monday
Jan162017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] January 16th: Jack Talks Trump's Foreign Policy

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on January 16th at 4 p.m. c.s.t. to discuss the Secretary of State designate and President elect Trump's possible foreign policy.  From lifting sanctions on Russia to disrupting the One China policy to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the ramifications of what this soon to be President could do is, frankly, astounding.  We will dig into this issue and talk about what may happen in the first 100 days.

Hope you can listen.  

Thursday
Jan122017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] January 12th: Jack Talks Russian Hacking and Trump

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil to discuss the latest on 17 U.S. Intelligence organizations all coming together to determine that the Russians not only attmepted to hack U.S. websites but attempted to impact the elections and that Putin himself was orchestrating the operation.  It is an extraordinary story and one we will continue to follow.  

Hope you can catch it.  

Wednesday
Dec072016

[AM 950 Minneapolis] December 6th: Jack Talks China and Trump's Call with Taiwan Pres.

I appear on AM950 in Mpls at 3:30 pm ct to discuss China & why breaking diplomatic protocols with Taiwan is so massive & why State Dept is apoplectic.  No US President has spoken with a Taiwanese President since 1979.  The was extremely purposeful.  The Chinese have called Taiwan a rogue state and would be willing to take it back by force.  With so many issues on the table like the South China Sea and trade, to simply make this blunder is ridiculous when it beings no political or diplomatic benefit.  So much for art of the deal.

Hope you can listen.

Wednesday
Nov302016

[AM950 Radio] November 30th: Jack talks Trump's New Cabinet

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis today at 4:35 p.m. c.t. to discuss President-elect Trump's possible cabinet picks.  While there are still multiple cabinet positions that still need to be filled, I am going to focus on the position of Secretary of State.  At this point, the two leading candidates seem to be Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.  As I contemplate these two choices, both of whom I have interviewed over the years, my perception is that Romney, who was not a Trump ally, may be the front runner.  I believe this to be the case because of temperament and personality.  Sen. Bob Corker and former CIA Director David Petraeus are also possible options and may take the position based upon experience and connections.

This will be an interesting conversation.  

Friday
Nov182016

[KOA Denver] November 17th: Jack Talks Trump Foreign Policy

I appear on KOA in Denver with Steffan Tubbs on Thursday, November 17th at 8:10 a.m. President elect Trump certainly has a full plate to deal with at the moment. While domestic issues are front and center, they may be crowded out by international concerns. What's he going to do in Syria?  What about ISIS?  How about his relationship with Vladimir Putin?  We haven't even mentioned the Iran deal, North Korea and on and on and on.

The President-elect says America first. So, what exactly does that mean. Preemptive strikes?  More aggressive? Bring the troops home? Can't exactly go both ways.  

This is going to be fun. Steffan and I have been friends for years, first meeting on our way to Iraq.  Further, we learned and have laughed about both being born in the same small hospital in a little town in California called Escondido.

I'm really looking forward to this.

Friday
Nov112016

[WVLY Radio Appearance] November 11th: Jack Talks Trump's New Cabinet

I appear on WVLY Radio with Howard Monroe at 9 a.m. eastern standard time to discuss President-elect Trump's new cabinet.  His Vice President, Mike Pence will be taking over the transition but the real question is the direction in which the President intends to go.  He has made many promises during the campaign but seems to be backing away from some of them.  Only time will tell. As we turn to possible cabinet appointments, many names including Gingrich, Sessions, Giuliani, Palin, Flynn and others are being bandied about.  The ramifications for the country are very real.

Hoard Monroe is quite a political wonk so this promises to be a very interesting conversation.