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Syrian Sound and Fury—Update by Intelligence Operative Holmes

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes Things have accelerated in Syria during the last six months—things such as the death rate and the refugee crisis, which have increased alarmingly. Putting a number on the death toll is not easy. The various [...]

Egypt: At the Corner of Theocracy and Democracy

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* When the people of Egypt ousted President Hosni Mubarak on February 12, 2011, most Western media outlets assumed that the anti-Mubarak protestors were de facto pro-democracy. However, Egyptians are not so [...]

So Why ARE We In Afganistan?

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* As we approach 2013, several Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries seem to be undergoing changes, but there is no consensus on what those changes will mean. While a few are hopeful, many give cause [...]

When Giants Dance–Intelligence Perspective on the Current Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

When Giants Dance By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* and Azad Image by Edi Israel, wikimedia commons Today, news watchers in the West are seeing reports about the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Some are wondering if this week’s events in Israel [...]

Iran Approaches Nuclear Capability

Iran Approaches Nuclear Capability By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* For the past several weeks, we have reviewed Iran’s history in our efforts to understand current dynamics with that nation. After all, if we don’t understand what [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part IX, Playing Nuclear Chicken

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

ARGO Movie Review by Bayard & Holmes

ARGO Review By Author Piper Bayard and Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* ARGO movie poster ARGO is a movie thriller based on Operation ARGO, a CIA undertaking lead by CIA employee Tony Mendez to rescue six US Embassy employees who avoided [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part VIII, Crossing the Nuclear Rubicon

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part VII, The Hostage Crisis and Operation Eagle Claw

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Iran's Present is Iran's Past – Part VI, Rise of the Ayatollahs

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]