W. Thomas Smith, Jr

Posted November 26, 2011

The recent setback for the U.S. Intelligence Community – specifically CIA – wherein scores of operators working for the Agency were seized by Iranian security forces in Iran and Hezbollah (Iran’s proxy army) in Lebanon; speak to two disturbing truths.

Posted September 11, 2011

God was everywhere I turned, everywhere I looked.

Posted November 10, 2010

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." — U.S. Army Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing

Posted October 06, 2010

Perhaps it sounds groupie-like that a 51-year-old field-grade officer like me would be emotionally stirred by such an opportunity to serve such a man.

Posted April 10, 2010

We Americans far too-often take our staunchest allies for granted, forgetting that we are not the only ones who – over the past 200-plus years of our relatively short existence – have been the standard bearers of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Posted January 25, 2010

In April 1945 Nazi Germany was on the ropes (Hitler would in fact put a bullet in his brain on April 30), and a half-starved 19-year-old Polish prisoner-of-war, Ryszard Kossobudzki, had escaped his Nazi captors and was making his way — however precariously — toward Allied lines.

Posted November 11, 2009

Young Marines would ask Old Corps veterans questions about whether or not the new breed was as tough and committed as the old breed. Jokingly, the Old Corps Marines would tell the younger guys, “no.” Privately, the Old Corps Marines would talk in terms of being personally comforted by the fact that the new breed was - and is - every bit as tough.

Posted September 07, 2009

Whoever believes, “All men are created equal,” never stood face-to-face with Michael E. Thornton.

Posted June 29, 2009

The violent crackdown continues in the wake of Iran’s disputed June 12 presidential elections in which – according to the Wall Street Journal – “hard-line clerics have rallied behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declared landslide poll victory.”

Posted May 14, 2009

The Gadsden Flag may soon be branded a symbol of “extremism.”

Posted March 23, 2009

During a recent commercial flight from Jacksonville (Fla.) to Baltimore, a flight attendant offered free drink coupons to any of the 150 passengers who could name just one of the five Medal of Honor recipients from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Posted January 02, 2009

Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman – the man responsible for laying much of my family’s homeland to waste in the final year of the American Civil War – once said, “War is all hell.”

Posted November 03, 2008

COL. JOHN W. RIPLEY, U.S. MARINE CORPS (ret.), recipient of the Navy Cross and for years one of my personal heroes, has passed away.

Posted October 13, 2008

I’m not sure that any of us can adequately explain those things of tradition, but we must always try.

Posted August 28, 2008

Hezbollah has “brazenly attacked the Lebanese Army” – in its Thursday shooting-attack on an army helicopter, killing 1st Lt. Samer Hanna and wounding several others – so say the leaders of Lebanon’s pro-democracy movement.

Posted July 25, 2008

Years ago, my then-girlfriend urged me to read John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

Posted June 26, 2008

Jumping right into a handful of primarily defense-related questions, I ask Dick Morris about the danger posed to our national security and the potential degradation of defense under a, God-help-us, president Obama.

Posted May 21, 2008

Hezbollah – the Lebanon-based terrorist organization – has scored another victory: This one, political.

Posted May 13, 2008

Hezbollah – Iran’s Lebanon-based terrorist legion – may have bitten off more than it can chew in its recent attacks against pro-government forces in Lebanon.