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 […]

More planning needed for future military actions

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad on Thanksgiving no doubt boosted morale in the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne, and perhaps throughout Iraq — as well as in the White House itself. But it did not change the reality there, which includes the fact that more than 60 U.S. troops were […]

Occupation can’t work with today’s U.S.

Steve Chapman Faced with escalating turmoil in Iraq, George W. Bush spurns any talk of pulling out. “America will never run,” he vows. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, disagrees: “This disastrous mission must be ended before any more lives are lost. It is time to bring our troops home.” Given […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]

Felxible timetable best road to Iraq reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers F rom the standpoint of shoring up domestic support and reminding Americans that for better or worse the United States is committed to a fairly long run in Iraq, President Bush’s speech Tuesday can be considered a success. Whether it generates notable military, humanitarian or financial support from other countries to carry out […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Liberia

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:

Liberia another political minefield

By Mona Charen International as well as domestic pressure is building on President Bush to commit American troops to the suffering country of Liberia. For some, such a pure humanitarian intervention would salve the wound of Iraq, in which the United States offended world opinion by pursuing its own national interests. There is little doubt […]

Sending U.S. troops to Liberia not best thing

In for a penny, in for a pound. Once you start justifying military intervention in other countries solely on “humanitarian” grounds divorced from even a semblance of American security interests or credible imminent threats, there is virtually no limit to the range of countries to which the United States might choose to send military forces. […]

Heartfelt homecoming

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By Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

By Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much […]

Saying thanks the best way we know how

Luziano Reyna missed his daughter’s birth because he was working. Last month, he missed her graduation from Clovis High School. Again, he was working. He was working for us. Reyna, from Hereford, Texas, has served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He spent the last six months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi […]

Area troops to be saluted

Clovis and Portales residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]

Man says his yard is going to the dogs

By David Stevens Ray Ellis is not Clovis’ happiest resident these days. He sent an e-mail, detailing his woes and asking the newspaper to publish a story about responsible pet ownership. Ellis’ complaint is that people are walking dogs in his neighborhood and allowing the dogs to relieve themselves in his yard. “I have one […]

Cannon soldiers to be honored

By Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw […]

More Cannon troops returning

CNJ Staff About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

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 […]

Military presence in Iraq shifts

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An unidentified U.S. Army soldier tells people to stay back as soldiers went looking for an individual who fired near a secure perimeter near the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — Combat in Iraq is all but over, yet US Army troops continue to stream into the country in an illustration of one […]