Monday, July 25, 2005


from London

Leah Kaminsky on the commute to-and-from work in London.
See here at World Defense Review.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Westmoreland and Winds-of-Change

Westy and Winds...
Check out this morning's edition of The State. There, I share a few thoughts about Gen. Westmoreland, how I came to know him, and what he said to me. Pick up a copy of today's paper, or read it here.
Also, Joe Katzman at interviews me about World Defense Review.
Read it here.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Gen. William C. Westmoreland dies

Lt. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the new U.S. Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), is shown at a ceremony in Saigon, Vietnam, on June 20, 1964. Retired Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded American troops in Vietnam died Monday night, July 18, 2005. (AP Photo)

I knew him. Interviewed him twice: Once for George magazine (John Kennedy Jr. interviewed Gen. Giap and I interviewed Gen. Westmoreland for a combined feature on 30th anniversary of the TET Offensive), once as a stringer working on a national election story for U.S. News & World Report .
Chatted with him many times.
More to come.


Monday, July 18, 2005


London and BRAC

Two excellent pieces...
Folks, if you do nothing else before lunchtime today, please take a moment to read the following two pieces just published at WORLD DEFENSE REVIEW: One by Leah Kaminsky on the aftermath of the London bombings. The other by Jeff Quinton on the BRAC issue.
Oh, and while you're there, check out stories by Richard Marcinko, Alma Bond, and yours truly, as well as many of the latest headlining news stories from around the world.

Much more to come.


Friday, July 15, 2005


A new global defense publication

The premier edition of WORLD DEFENSE REVIEW, a brand new global military/defense publication, was published this morning and is available online at There you'll find stories by Richard "Rogue Warrior" Marcinko, Alma H. Bond, yours truly, and others. There's much more in the que, so stay tuned!

Each of us at WORLD DEFENSE REVIEW come from different experiences, so we have different approaches in our understanding of global conflict and defense issues. We see our responsibilty as being able to provide our readers with updated features and commentary from our own writers, as well as headlining news and information from a variety of the world's top English-language news media.

Again, check us out at, and email any comments to wthomassmithjr -at- or wtsjr -at-

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Something new in the works

I know, I know, blogging has taken a back seat to other "paying" pursuits, lately, but something new and exciting is on the way... so, stay tuned.

Friday, July 08, 2005


The London bombings

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Been away from the blogging since July 4, and a lot has happened over the past 48 hours.
I don't know what I could possibly say beyond what has already been said, so I'll just leave you all for the time-being with what has been - all of my life - one of my favorite verses:

"Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
"Britons never, never, never shall be slaves!"

Semper Fi,

Monday, July 04, 2005


Why we celebrate July 4

July 4, 1776 - July 4, 2005
I'm not going to get into a lengthy discussion of why we celebrate Independence Day and what it's all about.
Frankly, if you don't know - and you are old enough to read this - then you should not have a voice, a vote, much less an opinion about anything related to this nation's affairs.
For those of us who do know - and are eternally grateful to those men who "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence," mutually pledged "to each other" their "lives," their "fortunes," and their "sacred honor." - you might want to take a moment and reread this great document as part of your July 4th celebration.
Also, check out the comments over at Michelle Malkin's (which is where the following image comes from).


Oh, and for a little fun, I'm reminded of a recent trip I made to the flag and banner store here in the capital city. Read here.
Semper Fi,

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