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 […]

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 […]