America more generous than some give credit

CNJ staff The U.S. government announced initially that it would donate $15 million to help victims of the overwhelming tsunami in South Asia. A United Nations official said the U.S. was “stingy” when it came to international aid. His comment was silly and a bit meanspirited. More significantly, however, it reflected a serious misunderstanding of [...]

Can Rice bring bad news when it’s necessary?

Freedom Newspapers What many fear, with the elevation of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to the position of secretary of state, is that President Bush has surrounded himself so completely with loyal advisers that the administration will hear never a dissenting word. With Colin Powell, who had his own special prestige, gone, the thinking goes, [...]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given [...]

Bush’s military reduction was due 10 years ago

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has announced (at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention) that he plans to reduce the number of troops in Europe and Asia by 60,000 to 70,000 over the next decade. If this suggests a serious reconsideration of the policy of keeping U.S. troops in places where they are not only not [...]

Could American Presidents soon be foreign born?

Freedom Newspapers Could Arnold Schwarzenegger become president of the United States? Politically, it seems possible. Although we still have to see how he does in the rest of his time as California’s governor, so far he has shown an ability to learn the job and lead. But legally, for him to run for president, the [...]

ENMU signs agreement to recruit foreign students

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials are actively recruiting students from universities in foreign countries, especially China, something that has become increasingly difficult since Sept. 11, 2001. Eastern President Steven Gamble recently signed a World American Cultural Exchange agreement with officials from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. The agreement will [...]

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 [...]

Jobs going overseas are not low-paying

By Walter Williams Among George Orwell’s insightful observations, there’s one very worthy of attention: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Let’s look at a few examples of corrupted language, thought and information. Pretend you’re a customs inspection agent. There’s a cargo container awaiting a ship bound for foreign shores. You ask [...]

Why isn’t anything done about Africa?

By Walter Williams Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let’s look at it. According to a July 30 Wall [...]