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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.

Monday
Aug142017

[I24 International News] August 11th: Jack Talks North Korea and Unnecessary Tensions 

I appear on I24 International News on August 11th.  Its true that Kim Jong-Un's behavior is creating tensions that can be felt from the Korean peninsula to China, Japan and the United States. We also know that he has been rattling the cage since he took power from his father, just like his father did, and just like his grandfather did. The only real difference at this very moment is the occupant of the White House. This isn't to say that this isn't dangerous and that technology is making it worse. Rather, Mr. Trump has turned this into a pissing contest. The problem, if I continue this analogy, is that if somebody blinks, everybody gets wet.  Yeah, sorry about that.

This is going to be a tough converation and we will tlk about some of the possible ramifications and what happens if this goes very very wrong. Hope you can watch.  

Thursday
Aug102017

[KOA Denver] August 9th: Jack Talks Growing U.S./North Korean Tensions

I appear o KOA Radio Denver on August 9th: Tensions are spinning widely out of control between the North Koreans and Donald Trump.  I say Donald Trump rather than the Americans very specifically because it is Dona;d Trump who is exacerbating the tensions. Even his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to calm things down and tried to get the North Koreans and the rest of the world to ignore his boss.  It is quite extrardinary on its face.

The problem with the inconsistencies in American foreign policy is that nobody really knows where the Americans stand.  And with growing tensions alongside the Supreme Leader of North Korea hovering over the button, a huge miscalculation could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.  

Mr. Trump needs to understand that this is not a rally for the faithful in some red state.  If he screws this up, millions could die and it might rightfully be placed in his lap.  I would hope that this would give him pause but I highly doubt it.  

This should be an edgy conversation. 

Tuesday
Aug082017

[RT America] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump Playing a Dangerous Game with North Korea

Tuesday
Aug082017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] August 8th: Jack Talks Trump/North Korea Egonomics

I appear on AM 950 with Mike McIntee on August 8th. For some reason, I can't help but think back to my days on the playground when two kids would start trying to act tough, yell at each other, and bump chests until one of them told the other one that "my father could beat up your father."  Children, right?  Well, what happens if they have nuclear weapons?  Of course, Kim Jung-Un and Donald Trump are not children but there are aspects of this story that make me wonder.

This is a potentially horrific story with worldwide ramifications.  Hope you can listen.  

Tuesday
Aug082017

[MSNBC] August 6th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Connection

I appear on MSNBC on August 6th. This seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, or the nightmare that keeps on scaring, depending upon how one wants to see it.  Bob Mueller has just impaneled a Grand Jury on Washington DC to look at the Russia/Trump connection.  Its important because there was already a Grand Jury that had been impaneled to look at disgraced National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and to start something new seems to indicate that there is something more to look at.  

The advantage of a Grand Jury is that you can subpoena records and interrogate under oath and ultimately, bring down indictments.  This is potentially critical to the ongoing investigation.  Further, Mueller continues to bring in more very experienced and very capable prosecutors which also seems to say that this things aint nowhere near  done.

This should be an interesting conversation.

Thursday
Aug032017

[Voice of America Intl] August 3rd: Jack Talks Trump/Russia Grand Jury

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on August 3rd. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a Grand Jury in Washington DC to take a closer look at any possible collusion between Mr. Trump and/or his associates and the Russians. It is a fascinating development because it shows that the investigation isn't fading away but is rather heating up.

In addition, Mueller continues to add to an already impressive list of attorneys that are investigating the case. That fact that he is continuing to add attorneys also supports the contention that the investigation is not winding down but speeding up.   

To add to the drama, bi-partisan bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate to help insulate and protect Mueller from manipulation by the President. Its extraordinary that a bipartisan group see this an an issue.  

This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Tuesday
Aug012017

[RT America] August 1st: Jack Talks Growing U.S. Tensions with North Korea

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz on August 1st. Tensions are continuing to grow between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and President Trump. The North Koreans have conducted more than a dozen weapons tests since February and it sometimes feels as if it is taunting the President. The fear is that the President seems to be taking the bait. He told Sen. Lindsey Graham that there well could be a war.  The problem is that the North Koreans have nuclear weapons and if Kim is cornered and feels threatened, I don't think he is going to die alone.  He could very well use them. 

Remember, Seoul is 35 miles south of the DMZ, has more than 25 million people in the metro area and the even a U.S. preemptive strike could not take out all of North Korea's capability. The potential is that hundreds of thousands could die or more. Its horrific.  Of course, none of the answers are simple.

So, let's see what I can say in 5 minutes.  Hahahaha.  Hope you can watch.