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 […]