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 […]

Timing of Iraq pullout won’t lessen turmoil

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Anbar province in Iraq, leading him to suggest the possibility that further successes in the security situation could lead to an unspecified reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, was a qualified political success. With an eight-hour visit to a military base and meetings not […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

Americans must encourage Saudi in new endeavor

Editorial In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has taken on an uncharacteristically aggressive role in trying to stabilize the Middle East. While the interests of the United States and the Kingdom, as friends and foes call the regime in Riyadh, may not always coincide, the United States would do well to watch these moves with interest […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Self-government should be goal of Iraq conflict

Freedom Newspapers President Bush, in recent speeches and appearances, has stressed the importance of Iraqis putting aside their differences and agreeing to support a national unity government. There are several reasons this is a questionable tactic. For starters, having the president of the United States deliver this opinion is a constant reminder to Iraqis that […]

Our support, prayers needed for tragic times

Editorial This certainly has been a time of great tragedy, not only along America’s Gulf Coast but also overseas in Iraq where nearly 1,000 people perished in a stampede Aug. 31. In Baghdad, as about one million Shiite Muslims marched in the city and across the Tigris River toward a shrine in commemoration of the […]

Iraqis should take on lion’s share of reconstructing Iraq

Freedom Newspapers In the midst of the ongoing violence in Iraq — and even as Coalition Provisional Authority chief L. Paul Bremer declares the Iraqis simply won’t have the capability to ensure security after June 30 — it almost seems secondary to discuss what happens when the United States turns over some version of sovereignty […]