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The Adventures of Chicken Kim Jong Un Little–Intelligence Update

The following is an updated excerpt from The North Korean Sky is Falling by Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes, published at Bayard & Holmes on Monday, April 1. By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes North Korea has been developing a missile [...]

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 [...]

Our Turkish Allies–Now We See Them, Now We Don't

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes As we looked at last Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Turkey highlights the tensions between our two countries. (See Turkey–America’s Special Frenemy) In the long [...]

Special Frenemies–Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Turkey

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Turkey has momentarily brought US-Turkish relations to the forefront of US foreign affairs news. Days before Kerry’s visit, Turkish Prime Minister Recep [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Ugly American Who Would Be King. Of Mexico.

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* When we use the term “ugly American,” most of us think of stereotypes of insensitive American tourists blundering their way through highly choreographed, eight country, seven-day tours across Europe. [...]

SGM Billy Waugh – On Teams that Found Carlos the Jackal & Osama Bin Laden

SGM Billy Waugh By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* Three years ago on October 31, my writing partner, Piper Bayard, started the Annual Love a Spook Day. It’s the day when we pause and offer a moment of thanks for our hard-working men and [...]