W. Thomas Smith Jr.

A former U.S. Marine infantry leader, W. Thomas Smith Jr. writes about military issues. He has covered war in the Balkans, on the West Bank, in Iraq, and in Lebanon. ...

A former U.S. Marine infantry leader, W. Thomas Smith Jr. writes about military issues. He has covered war in the Balkans, on the West Bank, in Iraq, and in Lebanon. He is the author of many books and his articles appear in a variety of publications.

Politics & Policy

Two Good Men

The announcement Friday that Gen. Peter Pace would not be returned to the post of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, initially made my heart sink. Other Marines felt ...
Politics & Policy

Baghdad Calling

Last Thursday, hours after Sen. Harry Reid (D., NV) proclaimed the Iraq War “lost,” U.S. Navy Lt. Jason Nichols was e-mailing Michelle Malkin from his office in Baghdad with a ...
Politics & Policy

The Roller Coaster of War

Combat is like an amphetaminic drug: Thrilling at first, residual effects always, highly addictive, emotionally destructive, and physically dangerous. It’s also difficult to explain why the experience is anything more ...

A Navy First at Centcom

For the first time since the establishment of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) nearly 25 years ago, a U.S. Navy flag officer has assumed command of CENTCOM, a unified combatant command ...