The Fight for Freedom

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Marlena Hartz and Sharna Johnson: Staff writers Today, America honors its veterans. And so do we. These are the stories of High Plains residents who — long ago, not so long ago, and just months ago — donned uniforms, braved the battlefield, and came home. Ralph Finkner Occupation: Finkner spent 21 years working for the […]

Prudence should prevail next time war drums sound

Freedom Newspapers I t has not been a good month for proponents and defenders of the decision to invade Iraq, although the president and vice president still say they’d do it even knowing what they know now. What is done cannot be undone, but the lesson should be clear. The next time government officials and […]

Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

Nader looking like presidential opponent

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The good news for opponents of the war in Iraq is that President Bush’s challenger has finally called for a rapid American withdrawal. “Every day the U.S. military remains in Iraq,” he said, “we imperil U.S. security, drain our economy, ignore our nation’s domestic needs and prevent democratic self-rule from developing […]

Iraq occupation not worth lives with no clear goal

Freedom Newspapers The news from last weekend that American soldiers killed 46 guerrilla fighters (the exact number is disputed) during several attacks in Samarra, a small town near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, suggests the “postwar” in Iraq has moved to a different level, one that more closely resembles, as several military commanders have […]

Resolutions may prove irrelevant if Shiites are restless

Freedom Newspapers The United States recently tinkered with a United Nations resolution on Iraq enough to get the Security Council to pass it unanimously. In Congress the controversy over President Bush’s request for $87 billion for occupation and reconstruction of Iraq (and other missions) centers on whether part of the reconstruction money should be a […]