Bush’s speech a spirited defense of the dubious

Freedom Newspapers You ached for the president to say something like, “We made some mistakes and our intelligence was far from perfect. But we’re there now, Saddam is gone, and we’ve got to get through the tough times. Experience has made us realistic enough to know we can’t establish instant democracy. Democracy can’t be established […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Bush needs chiding for misleading U.S.

Michele Morris I’m concerned about the enormous price military families are paying for the war in Iraq. So far, more than 500 American service people have lost their lives, and more than 3,000 have been wounded. President Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country about why he felt it […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

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 […]

‘Agreement’ may pose threat to American lives

Freedom Newspapers Environmental groups are calling “groundbreaking” an agreement they’ve wrested from the Pentagon that will drastically limit the Navy’s ability to use a new, low frequency sonar system that animal advocates say poses a threat to whales and porpoises, but which the service says is essential to tracking the world’s increasingly stealthy submarines. It […]

USA PATRIOT Act could turn US into police state

Freedom Newspapers In the days of fear and paranoia after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Congress acted swiftly to show the American public that lawmakers were doing something about the terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the USA PATRIOT Act was ill-considered — many members of Congress didn’t even read the bill before voting […]

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 […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Weapons

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if President Bush exaggerated the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Some responses: “This question […]