Thomas Wictor

Secrets and lies define the wars in the Middle East

Secrets and lies define the wars in the Middle East

When I write my posts, I’m careful to not explain too much. I talk about good news from open sources. Also, the people I mention can always say, “He’s completely insane.” I’m not disclosing secrets that the enemy can use. Believe me, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Hezbollah are fully aware of what’s happening to them.

It’s different when you see a weapon that relies 100 percent on deception in order to be effective. I can’t be the one who exposes the absolutely brilliant Arab League creation that I discovered today.

Secrets require discretion

When I was 29 years old, I applied for a job at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). My girlfriend at the time joined me.


She spoke four languages, and we’d both lived all over the world and were military historians. After reading our applications, the CIA invited us to a recruiting session held in a San Francisco hotel. The sign on the conference room door said, “Lakewood Florists, Inc.” About forty people were applying for jobs; the recruiter looked and sounded exactly like the actor Tim Reid.

It was an absolutely surreal experience.

Behind him was a big chart that explained the four branches of the CIA.

Directorate of Analysis - Investigation of intelligence.

Directorate of Science and Technology - Researching, creating, and managing technical disciplines and equipment for collection of intelligence.

Directorate of Support - Administration.

Directorate of Operations - ( )

Information on the Directorate of Operations was classified. Those are the field agents. We would learn what they did only if we made it through the first interview. Seeing that blank space gave me chills.

The CIA immediately offered my girlfriend and me a chance to take the second interview. They would fly us to Langley, Virginia, and give us lie-detector tests. Why? To find out if we were child molesters, alcoholics, or drug addicts.

Well, we’d stopped drinking and taking drugs only a few months earlier, so that was the end of our attempt to join the CIA. I still wonder what would’ve happened if I’d been accepted.

Required to lie

In that first CIA interview, they asked us if we’d be willing to lie to our families and friends about what we did. I said yes.

Until recently, one of my favorite movies was Three Days of the Condor, a spy thriller starring Robert Redford. It has the most terrifying screen villain in movie history, Gunnery Sergeant William Lloyd, aka “the Mailman.” Played by actor Hank Garrett, he’s so frightening because he’s utterly businesslike. There’s no pleading with him. Killing you is just his job.

I met Hank Garrett and found him to be a wonderful man.

In the movie, Robert Redford is a CIA analyst. The last time I saw the film, I hated it. Redford is sanctimonious and haughty about what he sees as his superior morals. He doesn’t want to lie to people about his job, because he trusts them. Lying to them is offensive.

Then why the hell did he join the CIA? When I recently saw the movie again, I realized that Redford opposes everything the CIA does. He’s the kind of person who gets people killed, because he insists on adhering to childish principles. And it’s clear that he despises America.

I can keep secrets. The new weapon I discovered today is truly remarkable. Maybe someday the Saudis will tell us about it. Until then, I won’t say a word.

Secrets, but not really

I’ve known since November of 2015 that Arab League strategic special operators are fighting in Syria. Everyone can still deny it, because you won’t ever see Saudi flags or insignia. But there’s evidence. The video below does not show what you think it does.

I can find no reports of fatalities from this Islamic State suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED). The video shows no buildings destroyed. Also, it’s clear that the screaming narration was added in post-production. It was dubbed in.

The SVBIED turned left in front of this building.

Then it exploded.

We can all agree that the SVBIED blew up in front of the building, right? But when the camera pulls back, the mushroom cloud is quite a distance to the right of the building.

The explosion and the mushroom cloud are not in the same place.

So what happened?

Secret defenses

I think the SVBIED was destroyed with the new weapon that I discovered today. When the SVBIED explodes, you can see a man crouching on the roof only a short distance away.

He obviously survived; he even appears to be uninjured.

How can that be? Below is the result of a terrorist being hit with a much smaller aerial munition.

That’s almost certainly the American MK-82 500-pound (227-kilo) bomb.

The reason that the terrorist flew into the air was that the bomb had a delay fuse that allowed it to punch into the ground and then explode upward.

I’m positive that the Islamic State SVBIED in Manbij was hit with one of the new Israeli Arab League EMPFAE munitions. You can see that the initial explosion was like a dome over the SVBIED.

This explosion created a pressure wave that slammed inward and downward, containing the force of the explosives in the SVBIED. Since the munition that hit the SVBIED was a hypersonic rocket, the kinetic energy broke the truck into pieces. The back end of the vehicle—full of explosives—was knocked down the street, where it deflagrated or rapidly burned instead of detonating.

That mushroom cloud should be in front of the building. Instead, it’s several car lengths away. The SVBIED was a failure.

Secrets of survival

Iranian, Hezbollah, and Russian allies of Bashar al-Assad were not as skilled as the Arab League commandos in neutralizing an Islamic State SVBIED.

They fired at it with antiaircraft cannons.

Even a main battle tank tried to stop the truck bomb.

But everybody missed.

The initial explosion looks similar to the one in Manbij.

However, the massive shock wave goes upward and outward.

The truck firing at the SVBIED is vaporized, and large pieces of debris begin falling.


In Manbij, the force of the explosion was directed downward, raising a huge gray cloud of dust.

No large pieces of debris fell, no buildings collapsed, and a man right next to the explosion survived.

Arab League commandos calmly defeated the SVBIED.

So don’t believe the press or social media. As we sit here, the most ferocious, well trained, and technologically advanced soldiers in the history of our planet are fighting in cities all over the Middle East. They have many secrets.

What’s the thick liquid covering these two dead Islamic State terrorists in Manbij?

I honestly don’t know. My best guess is that it’s a non-lethal fluid that makes physical movement difficult. It’s probably more viscous than honey. The commandos wanted prisoners to interrogate. However, the terrorists continued fighting, so they were killed.

The end is nearing.

Horror and confusion. Too bad.

Like the rest of the world, they underestimated the Arab League. And now they’re paying dearly for it.

They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.

—II Samuel 22:42-43

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