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Thursday
Jul202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] July 20th: Jack Talks the World Including Trump, Sessions, CIA Ops in Syria and More

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil on July 20th at 3:30 p.m c.s.t.  With so much going on in the world right, its hard to know where we will start.  The Middle East contonues to spin and we will likely discuss Mosul and the sweeping out of ISIS but also the rise on Iran as well as the President's announcement that he is going to stop CIA covert ops in Syria to topple Bashar al Assad from power.  

We will also address some really interesting developments regarding President Trump and his Attormey General Jeff Sessions.  Apparently, if the President knew that Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump wouldn't have tapped him for the position.  This is startling consider the reason for Sessions' recusal or maybe that is exactly the point.  

This promises to be spicy.  Hope you can catch it.  

Saturday
Jul152017

[I24 International News] July 14th: Jack Talks Trump Junior's Creative Truths

I appear on I24 International News on July 14th.  Donald Trump Jr. just met with a Russian lawyer back in June 2016 to talk about Russian adoptions.  That's it nothing more. Then, well, it wasn't exactly just Russian adoptions, it was also dirt on Hillary Clinton that this Russian lawyer has.  Um, well, then, it wasn't just a Russian lawyer, it was a Russian lawyer who was bringing information from the Russian government who wanted to help his father, Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency.  Oh, and Jared Kusher, Trump's Senior Advisor, and Paul Manafort , his campaign chairman also appeared.  And, yup, there's more.  Also present was a former Russian Counter-Intelligence official.  Yeah, we can't make this up.

Now, let's consider, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all lied about their contacts with Russian officials.  OK, they forget about a bunch of contacts with Russian officials.  At the same time, the Russians absolutely hacked into government data bases and tried to impact U.S. elections and Mr. Trump fired the man responsible for figuring out whether Trump and his team were involved in the elections.

How do I say this . . . innocent people don't act this way.  Stories don't change.  The truth is the truth is the truth.  

This should be an interesting conversation.

Thursday
Jul132017

[RT America] July 13th: Jack Talks Trump's France Trip

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz. After a very bumpy start with French President Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying for a reset. He arrived to celebrate Bastille Day and to discuss terrorism, Syria, trade, the environment and more. Also, its clear the President Macron pulled out all of the stops to try to connect with the American President and establish the long standing ties that exist between the French and the Americans. 

While all of this is going on, the investigation into possible collusion by the Trump team and the Russians continues to percolate with the latest involving Donald Trump Jr. along with Jared Kushner and and Paul Manafort actually meeting with a Russian lawyer representing the Russian government whom they believe to possess dirt on Hillary Clinton.  

So, a very interesting set of meetings.  This should be a fun conversation.  

 

Tuesday
Jul112017

[Voice of America Intl] July 11th: Jack Talks Jr, Manafort and Kushner Meeting with Russian Operative

I appear on Voice of America International Edition. This is an extraordinary development. From the beginning, the Trump Administration has claimed they had no contact with the Russians and that was fake news. The problem, of course, is that they have had extraordinary contact with the Russians. The latest revelation is pretty astounding in itself but consider it in context of all of the previous pieces of information and it is potentially quite explosive.

According to the New York Times and then reiterated by Jr. himself after forced into a corner, Jr. thought he was dealing with a Russian government contact who had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Of course, there is a real question about why he didn't go directly to the FBI.  He didn't. Instead, his response was to say, "seems we have some time and if its what you say, I love it especially later in the summer."  This is extraordinary as it feels like collusion. Further, the Russians then released a ton of information through Wikileaks "later in the summer."  Coincidence?  Hell of a coincidence.

One last point, some have attempted to argue that Jr. is not a White House official in any sense.  Of course, that ignores that possibility that his father was made aware of the situation.  That has yet to be determined. However, what we do know if that Jr. Paul Manafort, the Director of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, and Donald Trump's senior advisor and dson-in-law Jared Kushner were all present for a meeting  with this Russian lawyer. 

Robert Mueller, Special Counsel investigating the Trump/Russia connections, just announced they will be looking into the emails of Jr. as part of their broader investigaiton.

Yeah, this story has legs.  

 

Monday
Jul102017

[WVLY West Virginia] July 10th: Jack Talks Trump's Isolationism

I appear on WVLY West Virginia on July 10th.  As Mr. Trump returns from the G20, a lot of people are trying to understand the take-aways.  To begin with, there were major issues that were being addressed at the Summit, climate change, meaning the Paris Accords, and trade agreements. Unfortunately, in many ways, the U.S. was hardly involved in either.

One has to give Mr. Trump at least a little credit.  He said climate change was a hoax and that he was going to pull out of the Accords.  He has done so. Of course, with the help of big U.S. oil companies, he and his supporters bought into this concept while the rest of the world in a united front disagree. As a result, as the world attempts to address this issue, the U.S. is shunted to the side and ignored.

The other issue discussed was free trade.  In fact, a massive agreement did take place between the European Union and Japan for a free trade agreement.  Was the U.S. involved?  Nope. Mr. Trump's protectionist statements and new stance insured that the U.S. was on the sidelines and therefore had absolutely no impact on the agreement.  This agreement is larger than all of U.S. trade combined.

In the end, the problem is these two areas do not work in isolation. All of these other countries see these areas as very important and are doing more than moving forward without the U.S., they are purposely ignoring the U.S., excluding them from the room, and pushing them from the epicenter of world power.  

Some may argue that that isn't a bad thing.  It is.  When you are at the epicenter, when you are at the table, you get to dictate terms.  Think of it like the U.S. House ad Senate.  The majority party gets majority in the committees and subcommittees. However, what one the most important things they really get is control of the agenda.  This is a big part of what the U.S. is losing, the ability to dictate agenda.  And most importantly, they are losing power.

This will be fun. 

Thursday
Jul062017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] July 6th: Will the U.S. Attack North Korea?

I appear on AM 950 on July 6th  at 3:00 p.m. c.s.t.to discuss a really complicated issue, North Korea. During the election, Donald Trump said the issue was easy. It is a lot of things but the one thing it isn't is easy. The reason it is so difficult is because there are no simple answers and the ramifications of making mistakes couldbe millions of dead people. The North Koreans have nucs, probably anywhere from 10 two 20 of them and they have the capability to deliver those nucs to South Korea and Japan.  Further, they have large numbers of conventional weapons and that capability could kill millions.  Of course, the U.S. could turn North Korea into a parking lot with millions of dead people.  However, the North Koreans could respond before they go down in flames.  Talking tough is all well and good but pointless.

This is a question of security for Kim Jong-Un.  Very simply, he is afraid of external forces and internal ones.  Both of which would be more than happy to kill him.  As a result, the question needs to be, what is he trying to accomplish.  We are going to flesh this out today on AM 950.  I'll be on for an hour so this is certainly going to be interesting.  Hope you can catch it.

 

Friday
Jun232017

[I24 International News] June 23rd: Jack Talks Putin's Russian Op.

I appear on I24 International News on June 23rd. Back in 2016, it became clear to my former employer, the Central Intelligence Agency, that the Russian government with the understanding and active support of President Vladimir Putin tried to run political operations against the United States to impact U.S. elections.  This was the most aggressive operation by the Russians against the U.S. in decades, maybe longer.  This conclusion was based upon extensive and intensive intelligence.  The Obama Administration took this to senior members of Congress who were briefed on the issues and became aware of what the Russians were doing. Frankly, at some point, the upcoming Trump Administration was completely briefed on the issue. 

While there are many frustrating parts, one part is how the Republicans have hid behind President Trump's narrative that the Russian op was fake news.  It wasn't.  There is no excuse for this and the GOP is doing a disservice to the United States to minimize what the Russians were trying to accomplish.    

President Trump's subsequent efforts, or lack thereof, are certainly of concern.  Bob Mueller's investigation continues and hopefully we will find the answers to his complicity as well as those of his compatriots.  

Hope you can watch.

Thursday
Jun152017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] June 15th: Jack Talks Trump's Political Allegiance

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil on June 15th.  For years, decades even, people have questioned President Trump's party affiliation. Frankly, these are reasonable questions because from a policy perspective, he has been all over the board.  In fact, sometimes things would simply change based upon with whom he was speaking.  However, over the years, he has established one standard, he is a wild card.  He is not a Republican and he is not a Democrat.  Trump is about Trump and whatever it takes to put him in the right position, he would do it, say it, be it.  However, and this is where it gets weird, because of the ongoing investigation regarding Trump and the Russians, Trump has absolutely chosen a party. 

Trump is not simply a Republican now, he is an extreme, zealous, Bible banging conservative who will find his way to the right of almost anybody he comes across. You see, Trump needs friends, terribly. In fact, he realizes that as this investigation continues, the only thing truly protecting him is a Republican party that is constantly balancing the question of whether he helps or hurts them more. As a result, Trump needs to make himself useful and valuable.  

This promises to be an interesting conversation. 

Thursday
Jun152017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] June 14th: Jack Talks Sessions Testimony

 appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on June 14th.  Attorney General Sessions had a very interesting conversation with the Senate Intelligence Committee.  His intention was to address some of the questions raised by fired FBI Director Jim Comey.  However, one of the biggest questions he raised was why he tried to use Executive Privilege to refuse to answer most of the most pertinent questions.  First, the executive privilege can only be asserted by the President.  Second, the President did not assert that privilege.  Third, the AG doesn't have the right to preemptively assert that privilege.  As a result, it left some member of the Committee certainly scratching their heads.  

Interesting stuff.  

Tuesday
Jun132017

[Russian TV with Ed Schultz] June 13th: Jack Talks Trump's Response

I appear on Russian TV with Ed Schultz on June 13th.  Its interesting. I regularly ask myself about whether it is appropriate to even appear on Russian TV considering what the Russians did in the last election.  My decision to occasionally do it is based upon this belief: if I say what I truly believe to be true, even if it is delivered by the Russians, I'm fine with that. I'm not here to blindly support the American point of view just because it is American or this Administration's point of view just because it currently speaks for the Americans.  It is far more nuanced than that. 

Today, I think one of the issues we are going to discuss President Trump and what he should do now. Strangely, and I do believe this to be true, Trump has fundamentally misjudged this crisis.  He honestly thought that if he kept calling the Russian op fake news, people would buy it.  People didn't and the Russians really did this. Secondly, he has been reactive when he needs to be proactive.  

Coming from an Intelligence background as well as a legal background and even a media background, I think this may be right up my alley today.

This is going to be fun and interesting.