Justifications for war aren’t fooling anyone

By Freedom Newspapers Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney […]

Saddam death sentence may set example

By Freedom Newspapers One hopes that the death sentence imposed on former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by an Iraqi court will resonate most meaningfully in places like North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and perhaps even in Iran. It cannot but help to focus the mind for people like Kim Jong Il, Robert Mugabe, the Castro brothers […]

United Nations is an arrogant bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers T he United Nations is facing what could be a serious crisis over the Oil-for-Food program, which was intended to ameliorate the suffering of ordinary Iraqis due to U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1990s but was apparently rife with bribery, corruption and kickbacks. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations charged […]

Kerry keeps sidestepping his record

By Mona Charen Singing of Werner Van Braun in the 1960s, satirist Tom Lehrer dubbed him “a man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience.” Those words come wafting through time now because they fit the Democratic nominee for president so perfectly. This has been evident about John Kerry throughout his career, but never more than […]

Speaking of war

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Sgt. Shane Sanders, left, posing with his mother Charmain Howard, center, and stepfather Joe Howard, spent 15 months with the U.S Army’s 501st Military Intelligence in Iraq. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Army linguist spent time in two of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. Surrounded by marble walls, Army Sgt. Shane Sanders […]

And so, what would John Kerry do?

By Mona Charen “They were wrong, and soldiers died because they were wrong.” Thus spoke Sen. John Kerry about the administration’s decision to topple the Saddam Hussein regime. There are a number of problems with Kerry’s formulation. Let’s begin with the fact that Kerry voted for the war. Oh yes, he has since attempted to […]

Defiant Saddam admits nothing

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein scoffed at charges of war crimes and mass killings Thursday, making a defiant first public appearance since being hunted down seven months ago. The deposed dictator fixed the judge with a penetrating stare and declared: “This is all a theater by Bush, the criminal.” Dressed in a […]

Most of us thought Saddam had WMDs

Walter Williams Listening to the political and media rhetoric about the war in Iraq, you’d think that only President Bush thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Here are just a few past statements made by Bush’s critics. President Clinton (1998): “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity […]

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 […]

Muleshoe Marine Bales would have been proud

By Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed […]

Opinions of capture range from positive to ecstatic

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Saddam Hussein did not resist when he was captured. AP photo By Jack King Comments in Clovis on the capture of Saddam Hussein ranged from thoughtful to jubilant Sunday, but all struck a positive note. As Terry Travis of Farwell noted, “I’ll bet you’re not going to find anyone who says it’s a bad thing.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kids show concern over war

With the war dominating the thoughts of Americans, many find themselves glued to the television and scouring the newspapers, seeking news about events in Iraq. In these reports, adults speak openly about the war. But what do kids think? Members of Joe Strickland’s fourth-grade class at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy gave their opinion on several […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]