Terrorists gain combat training through Iraq war

By Freedom New Mexico The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Jan. 1, 2008

argushamilton.com Argus Hamilton BEVERLY HILLS — God bless America, and how’s everybody? • The San Francisco Zoo was termed a crime scene after a tiger attacked zoo patrons. It doesn’t seem possible. The cat had to jump a 15-foot moat and a 20-foot-high fence, and that was just to get into the United States from Mexico. […]

Rep. Pearce against hasty troop withdrawal

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., made a campaign stop Tuesday in Portales. Pearce is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Pete Domenici. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and […]

Photographer shares Iraq experience

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his […]

Anti-war funeral protesters lose lawsuit

Staff and wire reports A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after […]

Military must adjust to battle modern enemies

By Freedom New Mexico Several developments during recent days add to the impression, voiced by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, among others, that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military to the breaking point. Fixing it will require a period of surcease from active combat — time to absorb […]

Despite problems, private companies necessary in Iraq

By Freedom New Mexico The private security company Blackwater USA is on the hot seat just now, largely as a result of a shooting incident Sept. 16. That’s when 14 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, were killed and 18 people were wounded. If the imbroglio leads to clarifying the legal status of private security operatives and […]

Iraq report leaves many questions unanswered

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it was unrealistic to expect much more, but given the buildup, Monday’s report on Iraq was a little disappointing. However, it is true that Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had little to talk about. Perhaps it is to their credit they did not try to inflate […]

Sept. 9 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families edited by Andrew Carroll was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Livio Edward Palla. From riveting combat accounts to profound reflections on the wartime experience […]

Timing of Iraq pullout won’t lessen turmoil

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Anbar province in Iraq, leading him to suggest the possibility that further successes in the security situation could lead to an unspecified reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, was a qualified political success. With an eight-hour visit to a military base and meetings not […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Ice pops provide reprieve from heat

By 2nd Lt. George Tobias: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen and the Cannon community have shipped a cool treat in the form of ice pops to the injured troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation ICE POP provided ice pops to patients and medical staff in deployed medical treatment facilities, […]

Bush straining to link al-Qaida, Iraq together

By Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain desperation. Public opinion has turned solidly against continuing the war in Iraq any longer than absolutely necessary, but out of stubbornness or conviction President Bush opposes withdrawal, and military planners talk of maintaining a substantial military presence for at least another two years. So knowing that even […]

Already stretched thin, U.S. faces Turkish troubles

By Freedom Newspapers Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather […]

Military action not always best terror defense

By Freedom Newspapers Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed […]

Sacrifice is more than an idea

Commentary by Jenny Sokol: Freedom News Service I wanted to escape the war; I hoped moving to Kansas would help. Fort Leavenworth would offer a reprieve, I assumed, because the Army post isn’t home to battalions of deployable soldiers. I looked forward to living in a neighborhood free from yellow ribbons and single star Service […]

Ohio senator’s change of heart good for politics

By Freedom Newspapers The Associated Press reports U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, has been under fire from both sides of the political aisle because of the way he has voted on contentious issues. Liberal activist groups are upset with the second-term senator because he voted against a Democratic bill to micromanage the war in Iraq […]

Iraq invasion motivating factor for terrorists

By Freedom Newspapers A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland […]

Bush finally rights wrong in CIA leak case

By Freedom Newspapers President George W. Bush did the appropriate thing in commuting the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby — Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was sentenced to 30 months in jail and a fine of $250,000 for his role in what has become known as Plamegate. Libby will serve […]