The South’s Great Intelligence Miscalculation

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860. Within a few months, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina followed them. The seceded [...]

The Iraq War—Ten Years Later

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes Ten years ago this week, a US led coalition invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. While it is still a bit too soon to see the long term prospects for the post-Saddam Iraq, we have enough hindsight to make [...]

Doesn’t Take a Weatherman to Predict This Attack

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes In the War on Terror, one of the most obvious targets in the United States is our nation’s iconic Capitol building. What if a terrorist group managed to detonate a bomb there? If terrorists did manage to [...]

Two Lines in the Sand

The Mexican/American War, Part III By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes When President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to occupy and defend Texas up to the border of the Rio Grande, he was utilizing a well-defined line in the sand to demark [...]

Don’t Cry for Me, California

Mexican/American War, Part II By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes We remember the Mexican-American War as a fight between the USA and Mexico. However, the UK and France were directly involved in the region, as well. France and Great Britain [...]

Illegal Immigrants Raise Havoc on the US Border

The Mexican/American War, Part I By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* In 1820, the Mexican government offered a land grant to Moses Austin that encompassed an area about half the size of modern-day Texas. In return, Austin was to finance the [...]

Henry Ossian Flipper and What West Point Can Teach Hollywood

By Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African-American West Point graduate—not in 1970, or 1950, or even in 1930, but in the Class of 1877. Henry was born a slave in Georgia in 1856. After the Civil War, he attended [...]

Of Sext and Empires

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes Now that we have all enjoyed another lovely Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but ask, did you “sext” anyone last week? For those of you who are older than Congressman Anthony Wiener and don’t [...]

Josephine Baker–Dancer, Singer, Booty Spy

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes We often expect our military heroes to come equipped with great athletic prowess and years of grueling training. A few ultramodern, nearly-magic gadgets and good looks don’t hurt either. Josephine [...]

Farmers and Shopkeepers Raise H*** in a Cow Pen

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* January 17 marked the 231st anniversary of one of the most important days in US history. The date came and went unnoticed by most of the country, but West Point cadets and their military history instructors [...]