Lawmakers knocking Guard compensation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congressional leaders gave President Bush the green light three years ago to invade Iraq based on what they now know was faulty intelligence. Many of those same leaders appeared last week before a special commission they created to study how Guard and Reserve forces should be organized, deployed and compensated […]

Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Lack of strategy in commitment to war unwise

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Adrian Vandevender

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Adrian Vandevender Date of birth: May 5, 1925 Dates of Service: Sept. 1944 to May 1946 Hometown: Grady Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Both sides endorse too much government

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist In the beginning of the American republic there was a debate between the Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians. Neither side was advancing a fully consistent, coherent vision of politics for America, but, in the main, Hamiltonians defended the idea of a strong federal government, while Jefferson’s supporters argued for limited and mainly […]

President wants more hold on military

Steve Chapman During the Civil War, President Lincoln, exasperated at Gen. George McClellan’s chronic reluctance to attack the enemy, said if the general wasn’t going to use the Army, he would like to borrow it. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush has the same idea. He doesn’t seem to notice that this time, […]

BRAC hearing ticket distribution set for today

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The phones at North Plains Mall have been ringing constantly, property manager Cindy Banister said. In the past week, Banister said she has fielded anywhere from 50 to 100 calls — all inquiries concerning the approaching Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing. At the North Plains Mall, in the […]

Bush defends base closings in commencement speech

By Stephen J. Hedges: Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — President Bush pressed the case for closing U.S. military bases in a commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, telling the newest officers of the Navy and Marine Corps that the money saved would fund advanced military technology and modernization of U.S. forces. “We have […]

Plane carrying illegal immigrants lands at Cannon

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A small plane carrying six illegal immigrants was forced to make an emergency landing Monday at Cannon Air Force Base before running out of fuel, according to base officials. Military controllers offered the pilot a choice of landing at Cannon or Clovis Municipal Airport and the […]

Will success at Fallujah solve the problem?

Freedom Newspapers The long-awaited U.S.-Iraqi military assault on what is generally called the “rebel-held” city of Fallujah has begun. Despite some early problems — facing more booby traps with explosives than expected — there is little reason not to expect the U.S. military to be able to defeat most of the overt insurgent activity and […]

No draft, but manpower crunch real

by Tom Philpott To ease fears fueled by the Internet that the Bush administration has secret plans to reinstitute a military draft after the Nov. 2 election, House Republicans leaders forced a floor vote on the issue on Tuesday. They watched with satisfaction as colleagues rejected the idea, 402-2. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y, had introduced […]

New gates open at Cannon

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Airman 1st Class Jason Knockaert, 27th Security Forces Squadron, tests the buttons for the pop-up barriers at Cannon’s new main gate. The redesigned gate opened for traffic at midnight Friday. (Freedom Newspapers: Keith Pannell) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon personnel and Clovis citizens met Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion and re-opening of […]

Meanwhile, brave American troops keep dying in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers Since President Bush began the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, 1,000 American troops now have been killed. The sad milestone was reached Tuesday. Since May 1, 2003, when the president stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln aircraft carrier underneath a banner reading “Mission Accomplished,” 861 Americans have been killed. […]

Handing over Iraq best step toward freeing country

Freedom Newspapers In Monday’s speech on Iraq at the U.S. Army War College, we saw a get-down-to-business President Bush. Mostly gone was his previous rhetoric about using Iraq to expand freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East. He mapped out a nuts-and-bolts vision of what he wants to do to bring freedom and representative government […]

Disbanding task force helps avoid another Tulia

Freedom Newspapers Nearly five years ago, the legal system committed a grave injustice against residents of the Texas Panhandle farming town of Tulia. An undercover lawman’s court testimony — uncorroborated by witnesses or any evidence — led to the arrests on drug charges of more than 40 people, nearly all of them black. It was […]

Commission to decide on military pay

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Given the rising demands on U.S. forces from a global war on terror, including long, arduous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense officials will ask an independent commission to assess whether current pays and benefits are right for attracting and retaining a quality force. The Department of Defense plans to […]

War critics don’t dishonor warriors

By Tom Philpott: Military update More than 525 Americans have died and 3,000 have been wounded in Iraq. Thousands of Iraqis have died too, not all of them Saddam Hussein supporters. Fresh U.S. ground forces, 100,000 strong and a third of them reserve or National Guard, are preparing to replace soldiers completing a first tough […]

Professors doubt attacks will diminsh

By Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where […]

U.S. forces capture Saddam near Tikrit

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling an insurgency by the ousted […]

Beware: Return of draft could be real possibility

Given that next year is an election year, it is probably unlikely that a serious effort to reinstitute conscription — a military draft — will happen anytime soon. But a number of circumstances make it a possibility once the election is finished. Those who value freedom and an effective national defense should be aware of […]