Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Bingaman talks health care, Afghanistan with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the health care reform bill being debated on the Senate floor. Bingaman also commented on President Obama’s speech last night on his plans to commit 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or […]

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Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Tuesdays with Tom: Udall discusses health reform legislation, Afghanistan, and efforts to address impact of REAL ID on New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the Senate debate of health insurance reform, President Obama’s speech tonight on Afghanistan, and the potential impact of the REAL ID Act on New Mexicans. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Troops won’t help troubled Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and four straight days of intensive discussions with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry provided the pressure. The result was to convince the current and probably future President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, to agree to a runoff election Nov. […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Troop removal should be goal in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Belgium early this month for what one headline called a “stealth” meeting. No reporters were invited on the trip, an unusual circumstance. The meeting included Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and other top military brass including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike […]

Afghanistan no longer bigger threat to U.S.

Freedom New Mexico Most of the chatter in Washington is still about domestic issues and how the Obama administration is doing now that the bloom is starting to fade. Will the Senate approve the cap-and-trade bill? How many Republicans will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Will further nationalization of health care be passed at […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other than saying the […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

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Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Editorial: Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time soon. The Afghan […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

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USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed Sunday in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. The patrol Bowles was with was checking on a local school when his vehicle […]

Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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U.S. Air Force photo The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Sending troops to Afghanistan wrong solution

Freedom New Mexico During the political campaign President Obama repeatedly said

Cochran, Confederate Railroad to perform at Ute Lake

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Courtesy photo Stephen Cochran is veteran who, along with band Confederate Railroad, will perform a concert at Ute Lake on Friday. Freedom New Mexico Featured artist Stephen Cochran is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes many of his own songs with his life experiences as inspiration. Featured band Confederate Railroad […]

Historically, Afghanistan stability elusive

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the […]