Letters to the Editor: Tackling Saddam, Iraq was right move

Kirby Rowan’s letter (“Modern war bigger problem than enemies”) in the June 26 CNJ is completely misguided, and the analogy of a man dumping garbage in your front yard is asinine and simple minded. If all Saddam Hussein (presumed bad neighbor in the letter) was doing was dumping garbage in his neighbor’s yard that would […]

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 […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

After long, brutal reign, Saddam executed

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Saddam Hussein was convicted for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. (MCT photo) The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into […]

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 […]

Leaving Iraq would embolden terroists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of “lying” about weapons of mass destruction and about ties […]

Leaving Iraq would translate to defeat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist True to their heritage in foreign policy, 40 out of 45 Democratic senators voted this month to demand a timetable for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. As in every conflict since Vietnam, Democrats are hoping not to succeed but to skedaddle. Imagine if the Democrats held a majority in […]

Iraq U.N. Oil for Food program corrupt

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Good morning, and welcome to today’s edition of “What’s News?” A Senate committee has released a report alleging that two prominent European opponents of the Iraq War were paid off by Saddam Hussein as part of the U.N. Oil for Food program. I’ll reveal their names in a moment. You […]

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 […]

U.N.’s Oil for Food program utterly corrupt

Freedom Newspapers The infamous United Nations Oil for Food program is getting some well-deserved, increasingly skeptical attention as a result of congressional hearings and the report from CIA weapons inspector Charles Duelfer’s Iraq Survey Group. Every aspect of this apparently far-reaching and profoundly corrupt program deserves to be exposed. But it should be remembered that […]

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 […]

Meanwhile, brave American troops keep dying in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers Since President Bush began the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, 1,000 American troops now have been killed. The sad milestone was reached Tuesday. Since May 1, 2003, when the president stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln aircraft carrier underneath a banner reading “Mission Accomplished,” 861 Americans have been killed. […]

Bush needs to reconnect with public

By Mona Charen George W. Bush has consistently done the right things during his term in office. Where he has had less success is in saying the right things at the right time. During his first year in office, but before 9-11, I wrote a column urging that he make more televised speeches. He hadn’t […]

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 […]

U.S. becoming aggressor might be biggest failure

The report issued last Friday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to be the last word on what the United States knew or could have known before beginning the war against Iraq last year. But the 520-page document continues to turn up gems of information, few of which speak well of the […]

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 opinions of Iraq war came at convenient times

Freedom Newspapers In the case of the Iraq war, even hindsight is less than 20/20. No doubt, as the nation moves closer to a national election, the question of whether President George W. Bush was right to lead a coalition of nations against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s government will loom ever larger. Presumptive Democratic nominee […]

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 […]

Sunday’s letter on Bush missed key facts

By R.L. Render I wish to respond to the guest column by Michele Morris that appeared in the Clovis News Journal on Sunday. She begins by expressing concern for the American casualties. This is followed by the allegation that “President Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country” about the […]

War critics don’t dishonor warriors

By Tom Philpott: Military update More than 525 Americans have died and 3,000 have been wounded in Iraq. Thousands of Iraqis have died too, not all of them Saddam Hussein supporters. Fresh U.S. ground forces, 100,000 strong and a third of them reserve or National Guard, are preparing to replace soldiers completing a first tough […]