Democrats’ stance on WMDs defies logic

Mona Charen With David Kay’s testimony on the fruitless search for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, the time has come for an accounting. In a more reasonable environment, politicians and opinion-makers would absorb the new facts and make the needed reforms. Reasonable people cannot avoid the conclusion that our intelligence agencies were badly mistaken. But […]

Different goals could unravel democratic Iraq

Freedom Newspapers T he recent rallies held by Shiite Muslims led by Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani could presage the most serious problems yet for the troubled U.S. occupation of Iraq. If the situation is not handled deftly, the nightmare everybody fears but would rather not talk about — full-scale civil war — could become a […]

Let’s hope Bush we hear tonight more like in 2000

President Bush’s State of the Union speech tonight will be the unofficial kickoff for his re-election campaign. He’ll tell the nation, and the world, the themes and programs he plans to pursue this year and in the following four years, should voters re-elect him. The focus, as last year, will be on war and peace. […]

Not all of 2003’s news was noteworthy

Ned Cantwell You probably don’t care much what I think as we enter a new year, but I’ll tell you anyway. >About New Mexico Politics: Aside from watching the state GOP shoot itself in the foot, political junkies will have to amuse themselves with watching the money changers. The upcoming 30-day session limits itself to […]

Portales man protected info on Saddam capture

By Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture […]

Trying Saddam: All options have flaws

It is hardly surprising that in such a media-saturated culture many Americans view foreign affairs in a personalized and dramatized fashion. If this were a movie, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the quintessential villain, would be the triumphant end of the story, with the music coming up and viewers assured that the good guys had […]

We have Saddam now, but at a big cost

By Steve Chapman Saddam Hussein was trapped in a tight, unpleasant space — angry but impotent, armed but no longer dangerous. Though he might have been dreaming of triumphs, he was powerless to realize them. Then the United States invaded Iraq. It’s easy to forget that we had Hussein pretty well confined long before he […]

Professors doubt attacks will diminsh

By Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where […]

Engineer describes poor Iraq

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Courtesy photo: Donna Russell By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Donna Russell, a project engineer from Cannon Air Force Base, volunteered to be part of a special forward engineering support team in Iraq, she didn’t know exactly where she would be going or what she would be doing. She wasn’t even […]

Readers voice opinions on capture of Saddam

Sunday’s question posed to Project: Reader Reaction participants asked for opinions on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Some responses: “This is wonderful news! Let us pray that the suicide bombings and ambushes will stop now that they don’t have their leader to push them. Iraq should be able to grow now without the threat of […]

Saddam chronology

The Associated Press A glance at the life of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein: April 28, 1937 – Born in village near desert town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. 1957 – Joins underground Baath Socialist Party. 1958 – Arrested for killing his brother-in-law, a Communist, spends six months in prison. Oct. 7, 1959 – On […]

One option for Saddam: justice before new special tribunal

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. officials said they still haven’t decided what to do with Saddam Hussein now that he’s been captured, but one option is putting him before a special tribunal established just days ago. Iraq’s Governing Council said Saddam would face public trial in Iraq. Iraq’s interim government established a special […]

U.S. forces capture Saddam near Tikrit

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in a dirt cellar under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling an insurgency by the ousted […]

Season reminds us of what we do have

Mona Charen This is a season for counting one’s blessings. Here is my partial list: > The world is rid of one of the most vile, depraved dictators in human history. His regime no longer tortures and rapes people by the thousands, nor encourages acts of murder in other nations by financing bombers, nor trains […]

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 […]

Administration needs specific goals for Iraq

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration has a daunting task ahead as it tries to rally renewed support for U.S. policy in Iraq. It will continue to be daunting until the administration is more explicit about what its goals and strategies are. Virtually every day brings stories of U.S. casualties and wavering morale, which might turn […]

Iraq conflict looks like war of choice, not necessity

Freedom Newspapers Among the more curious developments of the past week were explicit and apparently purposeful statements by President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the effect that the administration does not now believe — and apparently never believed — there was a direct link between Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein and the terrorist […]

Bush’s actions in Iraq were warranted

Mona Charen National Public Radio and the major television networks can scarcely contain their excitement. In what they obviously regard as a huge concession, President Bush noted the other day that “No, we’ve had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the eleventh.” Along with most of the Democratic candidates for president, many […]

Osama bin Laden seen as greater threat

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “Who would you most like to see captured or killed and why: Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein?” Some responses: “At the present time I think it would be better for our security if Osama bin Laden were done away with. He still has his terrorists that can […]

Readers applaud photos made public

By David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the U.S. government should have released the graphic photos of Saddam Hussein’s slain sons and whether U.S. media should have published them. Some responses: “In an attempt to persuade skeptical Iraqis of the demise of Saddam’s sons, the U.S. government correctly chose to release […]