Korea rift best left to regional players to solve

Freedom New Mexico Recent developments on the Korean peninsula have thrust the United States into yet another mini-crisis about which our country can do little but complain, in part because none of the realistic available options is remotely attractive. The frustrations Americans, from policymakers to citizens, are feeling should be a reminder, when things settle […]

Public support matters when declaring war

Freedom New Mexico America continues to struggle over the war in Afghanistan. Ronald E. Newman, the U.S. ambassador to that country from 2005 to 2007, offered some insight last week to about 200 business and political leaders in California. He is the author of the recent book, “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.” […]

War not over until troops can come home

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama announced in a national address last week that America had “turned the page” on combat operations in the Iraq war. From a peak of 170,000 troops in October 2007, the level now has dropped to 49,700. Combat deaths also have dropped sharply, from more than 100 a month during […]

Wikileaks show Afghan War misgiuded

America’s failing policy in Afghanistan took another blow Sunday, when the Wikileaks Internet project dumped 91,000 classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents on The New York Times, the Guardian of London, England, and the German weekly Der Spiegel. The documents cover the last six years of the conflict. On Monday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said […]

GOP turning against war in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico The tipping point in public support for America’s war in Afghanistan may end up being a statement earlier this month by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He blurted out that the war in Afghanistan was “a war of Obama’s choosing” and “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted […]

Exit strategy for Afghanistan Petraeus’ priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

Agent Orange aid hits roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Facts show U.S. border security not at risk

Freedom New Mexico Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters […]

Korean War veterans reflect on Memorial Day

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David By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Families remember loved ones

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Carol Nash, of Clovis, browses though the engineer drawing of her uncle, Pvt. Roy Melvin Johnston who served in the Army during WWII and died while fighting in Okinawa Japan. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. […]