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Tuesday
Sep192017

[RTTV Washington DC] September 19th: Jack Talks Trump's United Nations Speech

I appear on RTTV Washington on September 19th.  President Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today. Sadly, this President who has been quite successful in front of his base but has never pivoted to actually being President of the United States. In a world that can be incredibly dangerous, this President had the opportunity to motivate this international body to come together to try to drive a settlement with the North Koreans. Instead, he threatened to annihilate the country along with potentially millions of people. 

I will discuss the North Korean issue and well as his statements regarding the Iran Nuclear deal. While they are somewhat connected, the potential of pulling out of this deal would result in simply no deal at all. If the Americans find a way to keep sanctions at the current levels, or even increase them, the potential could be catastrophic.  

This will be a complex but important conversation.  

 

Tuesday
Sep192017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] September 19th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on September 19th. As the process continues to move forward in the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, its clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking his sweet time. Further, it is also clear that he is being extremely thorough and that this approach is critically important.  At some point, he will come to some conlcusions and it is important that all sides accept the results.  The quesiton of whether the Trump conspired with the Russians has certainly rocked the country and there are regularly more questions than answers. Eventually, these questions should be answered.

The latest involves some information regarding former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort.  There were apparently at least two FISA warrants involving Mr. Manafort and this may lead to some really interested information. Based upon what I'm seeing, it appears that Mr. Manafort could be indicted on money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction plus more.  Of course, the question is whether it will stop there.

I will appear on VOA International Edition to discuss.  This will be fun.

Monday
Aug282017

[WVLY West Virginia] August 28th: Jack Talks Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio

I appear on WVLY West Virginia with my buddy Howard Monroe on August 28th.  Mr. Trump is standing by his pardoning of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  And yet, there is a reason he is being criticized by both Republicans and Democrats including a former Vice President and a current Republican Speaker of the House.  He let Arpaio off of the hook before he was even sentenced, before he ever served a day in jail, despite the fact that he ignored and absolutely repeated flouted a Federal Judge's order to not violate the U.S. Constitution and target people because of their ethnic heritage which he has absolutely no right to do. 

It is striking and just another example of this President's willingness to ignore and undercut the Judiciary, an equal in the balance of power that is simply fundamental to the operation of the United States of America. He attack of the Federal Judge in Ohio that he described as a "Mexican" was breathtaking.  This is likely worse.

I continue to wonder how long Republicans will accept this kind of behavior.  This is nothing short of an attack on the institutional structure of the United States. I hope you can catch it.  

 

Friday
Aug252017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] August 25th: Jack Talks a Busy and Dangerous Week in the World

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis on August 25th. Wow, what a busy week in the United States and in the world. Sometimes, people in the states overvalue the U.S. and assume the whole world is looking to the United States for answers. This is not the case. At the same time, the U.S. has enormous influence in the world and many other countries take their cue from the States. The way the President handles the media, the way they handles human rights, civil rights, and more.

This is gonig to be an amazing conversaton and always so much fun. 

Thursday
Aug242017

[RT America] August 24th: Jack Talks Trump and Pakistan

I appear on RT America on August 24th to talk Pakistan. Why Pakistan you ask?  Simply, Mr. Trump recently seemed to place the blame on the U.S.'s inability to deal with Afghanistan in the lap of Pakistan and Pakistan is pushing back. Now, let's be clear, there are no simple answers and Pakistan absolutely bears some responsilibity for what is going on in Afghanistan and even for America's failure. However, even Pakistan couldn't take Afghanistan if it wanted to.  In fact, nobody has ever been able to take the country for many different reasons.  One of the first is that it is a country in name only.  Secondly, the people of Afghanistan have never seen themselves as such.  In addition, the current regime "in control", and I use that term very loosely, is incompetent and corrupt.  Frankly, the list goes on and on and on.

This should be an interesting conversation and I truly relish the opportunity.  Hope you can catch it.  

Wednesday
Aug232017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] August 23rd: Jack Talks Trump Success and Failure

I appear on Sputnik Radio Moscow on August 23rd.  Donald Trump is a worldwide phenomenon, for better or for worse. The entire world is watching this out of fascination and/or fear.  Of course, one of the big issues this man is facing right now is the issue of collusion with the Russians. That is one of the reasons that this is such a strange interview.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds enormous power of the media inside Russia.  In fact, I believe its easy to say that this is all state run and controlled media and it only goes out if the Kremlin wants it to do out.  As a result, I am always very hesitant to do interviews with Sputnik. However, so long as 'm not censored and can say what I believe to be true, I will agree.  This is a live interview.

Today, we are going to talk about why Donald Trump is failing in meeting his agenda and the why his platform while running for office has all but vanished.  This is going to be fascinating not just because of the topic but also because of the interview essentially coming from the Russian state.

Hold on tight.   

 

Wednesday
Aug232017

[Press TV Tehran] August 22nd: Jack Talks Trump's Phoenix Rally

I appear on Press TV Iran on August 22nd. After the issue of race came front and center as a result of Charlottesville and with Donald Trump's really strange and frankly, racists, responses, he made a conscious decision to have a political, campaign style rally in Phoenix.  The Mayor of Phoenix and both U.S. Senators from Arizona asked him to cancel in light of the incendiary nature of race issues in the country and the likelihood that Trump's statements would simply exacerbate the issues.

In the event, one might think that this isn't being watched closely around the world, but they would be wrong.  I appear on Press TV out of Tehran, Iran to discuss internal politics in the states, the nature of race relations and the Donald Trump presidency.  This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Not sure how you could listen but if so, great.

Tuesday
Aug222017

[RTTV Washington DC] August 21st: Jack Talks Trump's Afghanistan Speech

I appear on RTTV Washington DC on August 21st.  President Trump just gace his first major prime time speech and it was on Afghanistan.  While the speech was very short on specifics, it does does appear to have two elements: more troops and no end date. Of course, the problem is that the U.S. had 100,000 troops in Afghanistan as recently as 2011 and the U.S. didn't win then either. They now have less than 9000 and may increase by around 4000.  its hard to fathom how this is going to turn the tide.

The President says its not about nation building anymore.  However, if you have an incompetent Afghan government, how do you possibly unite a country.  Rather, you deivide it further.  

This is going to be fun.

Friday
Aug182017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] August 18th: Jack Talks Steve Bannon's Ouster

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil. Well, people have been talking about it for days but today, it finally happened. Steve Bannon is out as Mr. Trump Strategic Advisor. Many credited him with providing Trump with his national rhetoric and the base that followed.  The man known for his nationalistic rhetoric and Alt-Right approach, is now but a memory.

The real question is whether this is a good or a bad thing for Trump.  While this certainly gives Bannon more flexibility to maneauver and stoke the base for Trump, it could also damage him.  

With the recent horrific and frankly racist statements made by the President, some have pushed for Bannon's removal.  However, this could certainly alienate those same followers.  The problem is that with historically low numbers as it is, if Trump loses these folks as well, it could leave him with few allies. The net result could be that Republicans who are already uncomfortable with Trump will be even less likely to be afraid of him, criticize him and potentially jump ship.

This may be the front end of a Republican revolt.  We will see.  Regardless, this is going to be an interesting conversation. 

Tuesday
Aug152017

[Voice of America Intl] August 15th: Jack Talks Mueller Investigation 

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on August 15th.  Well, Bob Mueller's investigation just keeps on rolling.  It is slow, it is methodical and it is persistent. Of course, some want this to go away right now.  Others want answers right now.  However, Bob Mueller is about dotting every I and crossing every T.  The investigation will not be going away anytime soon. And for those calling this "fake news", including Mr. Trump, there is a whole lot of meat on those bones and Mr. Trump's behavior isn't particular helping his case.

This is giong to be an interesting conversaton as always.  Hope you can catch it.