Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Timely budgets on secretary’s agenda

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.

Political gains will pave way for exit strategy

Freedom New Mexico Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker were impressive in Tuesday’s hearings regarding the current situation in Iraq, a year-plus into the “surge” and a few months into the inevitable drawdown of the additional troops provided by the surge. Their sober demeanor, stressing not only the reality but the fragility and reversibility […]

America needs to eliminate its use of torture

Freedom New Mexico So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as […]

Finding your kin can be coincidental

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Bea Alma Peacock died at age 88 on June 6, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born northwest of Clovis, at Hassell, but later raised her family at Ima. In her obituary she listed five of her grandchildren, one of them being Misti McAlevy living with her husband […]

U.S. should halt Pakistan aid until order returns

By Freedom New Mexico Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency, tantamount to martial law, which suspends the constitution, suspends the right to assemble in public, the right to free speech, the right of free movement, and the right of detainees to be informed of their offense and be given access […]

Iraq report leaves many questions unanswered

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it was unrealistic to expect much more, but given the buildup, Monday’s report on Iraq was a little disappointing. However, it is true that Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had little to talk about. Perhaps it is to their credit they did not try to inflate […]

Aug. 12, 1942

The Clovis News-Journal reported Senora Jertrudes Arguello, 118 years old and believed to have been the oldest women in the United States, was buried in Clovis. … Maj. Gen. Robert Olds, commander of the Second Air Force in Seattle, said Clovis would be the recipient of one of three super airdromes used for super planes […]

July 30, 1931

All bids for the $30,000 National Guard Armory in Clovis were rejected by Brig. Gen. Osborne C. Wood. He said the plans would be revised and that a call for new bids would be advertised soon. … A reduction of 1/2 percent in freight rates on grains was announced. … For $15, a furnished apartment […]

War czar will likley end up as scape goat

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush has taken one of the most curious steps yet in a war that keeps getting, as Alice used to say in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. He has appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who is currently chief operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his “war czar” to […]

House cleaning alone won’t fix formula for failure

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush late last week made significant changes in both his foreign-policy team and his top military commanders. The question is whether he is clearing the decks for action or rearranging the deck chairs. Given that President Bush is tentatively scheduled to unveil his latest strategy for the war in Iraq on […]

CIA nominee’s hearing will bring needed discussion

By Freedom Newspapers Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the […]

Guantanamo Bay Koran treatment vile, untolerable

CNJ staff Just suppose you were downtown and came upon a man standing in front of the Hotel Clovis systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t […]

BRAC contact info

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To express an opinion about BRAC, here is who to contact: BRAC Commission 2521 S. Clark St. Arlington, VA 22202 Phone: (703) 699-2952 Web site: www.defenselink.mil/brac The 2005 BRAC commissioners are: • Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs. • Former Nevada Rep. James H. Bilbray. • Philip Coyle of California, a […]

U.S. right to keep Iraq transfer date despite slaying

Freedom Newspapers The assassination of Abdel-Zahraa Othman, until his death the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, might prompt some to say the United States should put more forces in Iraq and plan to stay longer. But Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt’s response was the right one: “Days like today convince us even more that the […]

New books reveal considerations leading to war

One of the benefits of a free society is that citizens, aided by a free press, can examine the workings of their own government. That now is happening as Americans read reports of how the Bush administration took our nation to war in Iraq. Last month saw the publication of former anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke’s […]

Democratic race only has a leader, not a clear winner

Freedom Newspapers And the Democratic candidates are rounding the first corner. During the past week the Iowa caucuses winnowed the field while mixing up the Democratic presidential positions. Today’s New Hampshire primary could well change the dynamics again as different issues come to the fore. Tight-fisted voters in New Hampshire are likely to focus more […]