More planning needed for future military actions

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad on Thanksgiving no doubt boosted morale in the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne, and perhaps throughout Iraq — as well as in the White House itself. But it did not change the reality there, which includes the fact that more than 60 U.S. troops were […]

U.S. should act as India/Pakistan mediator if asked

Freedom Newspapers India and Pakistan agreed early last week on the first truce in 14 years between their troops deployed along the disputed border between the two countries in the beautiful mountainous region of Kashmir. While the official military forces of the two countries refrained from gunfire, however, on Thursday alone violence flared that left […]

Nuclear accord is cause for cautious optimism in U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The news that three European diplomats have persuaded Iran to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear facilities hardly eliminates all cause for concern that Iran might try to develop nuclear weapons. But it would be wise for the United States to approach it with cautious optimism and cooperation. In a way, the […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]

A bite out of crime

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Staff Sgt. Michael Jones is attackd by guard dog Macco during a training exercise Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base. The 27th Security Forces Squadron uses six dogs to help protect and keep the base safe. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Darrell Todd Maurina Now these are guard dogs. While many city police dogs accompany […]

U.S. releases photos of Odai and Qusai’s bodies

The Associated Press Editor’s note: Photos of the bodies appear at the end of this story. They are very graphic in nature, and parents should use caution in showing them to children and some adults. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. military released graphic after-death photographs Thursday in an effort to prove to Iraqis that […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]