U.S. military not meant to serve as security guards

By Freedom Newspapers The latest quarterly report from the Pentagon on the war in Iraq confirms the general impression most of us get from daily news reports. After a brief period following the U.S. “surge” in troop strength, when violence declined, “the aggregate level of violence in Iraq remained relatively unchanged during this reporting period.” […]

Iraqi reports overshadowed

By Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the […]

Military Feature: Portales Marine returns from Iraq

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Courtesy photo Portales High alumnus Lance Cpl. Kody Ashmore spent almost nine months in Iraq. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned […]

Congress left with no choice but to fund war

Freedom Newspapers C ongress finally has done what seemed inevitable from the outset, passing a bill late Thursday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, to the tune of about $95 billion. And it’s without a timetable for beginning the withdrawal of American troops or even imposing standards regarding troop training, […]

War czar will likley end up as scape goat

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush has taken one of the most curious steps yet in a war that keeps getting, as Alice used to say in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. He has appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who is currently chief operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his “war czar” to […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]

Their perspective: Melrose grads sound off

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melrose High School’s class of 2007 includes 20 students. By Freedom Newspapers Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, […]

Republicans finally voice Iraq concerns

By Freedom Newspapers Administration spokespeople may still talk about the foolishness of having 435 micromanagers of a war, of giving the “surge” a chance to be successful, of a timetable being a timetable for surrender, of not being affected by opinion polls. But recent actions suggest they are aware that time is running short to […]

Time for Iraq diplomacy has passed

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnistSpeaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq ( Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the […]

Letters to Editor: Democrats should act or stand down

I’m far from an expert on governmental policy, but as I read the papers I keep seeing statements that the November 2006 election was a mandate to ending the war in Iraq and that our Democrat Congressional leaders are determined to do just that by submitting bills that establish a timetable for troop withdrawal. They […]

Small Iraq funding bill works for now

Freedom Newspapers As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress […]

Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich. The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on […]

Spinning tragedy into opportunity a pathetic play

By Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly […]

Military feature: Airman tackles marathon

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Staff Sgt. Lucas Newman says he didn’t like running until he was deployed to Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lucas Newman never really liked running until his first sergeant talked him into a 5-kilometer race two years ago during a deployment to Iraq. The Cannon Air Force Base […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Iraq tour alters Marine’s perspective

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned to Clovis last week from a tour in Iraq. The experience impacted his life in a positive way, and he welcomes the chance to go back again, he said. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned from his eight months in Iraq […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

Military Feature: Going the distance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Her husband’s decision to enter the military was a choice they made together, Christina Moreno said. The high school sweethearts knew it would likely mean time apart; however, it was a choice they made for their future, she explained. While Army Spc. Victor Moreno serves his country in Iraq, […]

Intelligence guidelines aren’t sure-fire solution

By Freedom Newspapers John Negroponte, who is leaving as national director of intelligence to return to a State Department position, may have performed a signal service to his country in an unusually detailed policy directive for intelligence analysis. However, as constructive as his guidelines are, they do not provide a foolproof protection against misuse of […]

Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ: We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis. The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 […]