There are other ways to thwart funeral protests

Freedom New Mexico Many Americans oppose U.S. military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan; some have taken to the streets in open protest. But do such protests cross a line when they interfere with the solemn funeral of a fallen soldier? The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the matter. New Mexico residents fall […]

Public support matters when declaring war

Freedom New Mexico America continues to struggle over the war in Afghanistan. Ronald E. Newman, the U.S. ambassador to that country from 2005 to 2007, offered some insight last week to about 200 business and political leaders in California. He is the author of the recent book, “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.” […]

GOP turning against war in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico The tipping point in public support for America’s war in Afghanistan may end up being a statement earlier this month by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He blurted out that the war in Afghanistan was “a war of Obama’s choosing” and “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted […]

Exit strategy for Afghanistan Petraeus’ priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

Udall discusses trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with reporters from around the state about his trip last week to Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit with troops on the ground and meet with key stakeholders in the region. To listen to the audio, click here. To view photos from Udall’s trip, click here. Below […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Time to rethink U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of reducing corruption in an endemically corruption-riddled regime and being able actually to deliver services to the people after U.S. […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Local institutions say no problems with veterans’ tuition payments

Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims unprocessed is now fewer […]