Iraqis ready to handle own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Iraqis eager to take control of own country

Freedom New Mexico It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let […]

Aug. 5, 2007 Letters to the Editor

Send message; buy gas in Texas There is a foul odor in Clovis, and that is the price of gasoline. If Farwell stations can sell gas for $2.89 a gallon (and sometimes less), does anyone really believe it costs 30 cents to haul it 10 miles to Clovis? There is price fixing in Clovis. If […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

After long, brutal reign, Saddam executed

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Saddam Hussein was convicted for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. (MCT photo) The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into […]

Al-Zarqawi’s dead, turbulent times ahead

Freedom Newspapers A side from the larger question we won’t attempt to resolve here — whether killing people, even bad people, is the best way to move toward a more stable, civil and orderly society — the death of a terrorist like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the very least means there is one less person […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Self-government should be goal of Iraq conflict

Freedom Newspapers President Bush, in recent speeches and appearances, has stressed the importance of Iraqis putting aside their differences and agreeing to support a national unity government. There are several reasons this is a questionable tactic. For starters, having the president of the United States deliver this opinion is a constant reminder to Iraqis that […]

War misrepresented by press, politicians

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes […]

Elections were critically important victory

Freedom Newspapers Only the most naive optimist would believe Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq mark the end of bloodshed and hardship in that war-torn land. But only the most stone-hearted pessimist would disdain the spectacle of millions of Iraqis lining up to vote and dancing in the streets as insignificant. Iraq indeed passed a crucial […]

Iraqi elections fraught with irony, hope

CNJ staff Today’s elections in Iraq are brimming with ironies. A celebration of democracy and freedom features curfews under which citizens are not allowed on the streets after dark, candidates fearful of appearing in public, stores and restaurants closed, concrete barriers restricting movement in major cities and heavily armed police and security forces everywhere. It […]

News from Iraq more than just disheartening

Freedom Newspapers The story that will make the biggest splash may not have been the most disheartening news out of Iraq in the last week or so. Not that it wasn’t disheartening to learn that some 380 tons of conventional explosives — perhaps more destructive than the chemical and biological substances usually lumped into the […]

Early turnover good first start in Iraq

Freedom Editorial We hope the early turnover of sovereignty in Iraq did foil a possible terrorist attack timed to coincide with the scheduled turnover today, although there’s no direct evidence of that. It’s about time the terrorists were fooled or frustrated. No matter the timing of the ceremony, of course, what all parties choose to […]

Handing over Iraq best step toward freeing country

Freedom Newspapers In Monday’s speech on Iraq at the U.S. Army War College, we saw a get-down-to-business President Bush. Mostly gone was his previous rhetoric about using Iraq to expand freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East. He mapped out a nuts-and-bolts vision of what he wants to do to bring freedom and representative government […]

Justice only way to repair abuse scandal

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Today’s picture on the front page of my newspaper shows a naked Iraqi prisoner on the floor. A leash is tied around his neck. Holding the leash is an American soldier. This is a disaster. These photographs are a dagger in the heart of our hopes for Iraq and the wider […]

Intelligence adn terrorism define Iraq after a year

Editorial Perhaps the recent bombings of and attacks on hotels in Basra, Baghdad, Falluja and Baquba should be viewed in some context. Even if things were going reasonably well, Americans could have expected opposition forces to be able to muster enough resources to create some chaos around the first anniversary of the start of the […]

Iraq solution could be recipe for chaos

By Steve Chapman On Monday, after the approval of an interim constitution by the Iraqi Governing Council, one member proclaimed, “This is a great day in the history of Iraq, an unforgettable day.” Tuesday became unforgettable as well when suicide bombers at Shiite Muslim shrines killed well over 100 people, making it the deadliest day […]

Local Marine saw gratitude in Iraq

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Marine Staff Sgt. Larry Long kneels beside a young Iraqi boy, Ali Abass, who enjoyed watching his Marine platoon doing vehicle check points. Courtesy photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina For Clovis native Larry Long, the order to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom was a first in his career as a Marine. After spending 11 years […]

Mopping up operations not as easy

The aftermath of the war in Iraq is not going as well as the lightning-quick victory. The country remains in chaos, with anarchy in many cities, including parts of Baghdad. The first U.S. official in charge of reconstructing Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Jay M. Garner, left the country on May 6 and was replaced with […]

Is it looting if you’re looting the looters?

By Tibor Machen This idea that Iraqis are criminals for looting is full of problems. To begin with, can you loot from a dictator? What about from a dictator who isn’t even in power any longer? After the dictatorship collapses, whose stuff is being looted anyway? To whom does the money in those government banks […]