Ahead of the curve

Senior Airman Wilfredo Nieves inspects the safety wires of the main gun system on a M61A1 20mm gun. Airman Thomas Trower Armament shop streamlines weapon inspection Though maintenance shops throughout the Air Force perform preventative maintenance on their equipment, one Cannon shop has spearheaded the effort to minimize the downtime of operational jets in each […]

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 […]

Israel won’t solve problems with Iran

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?” Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, […]

Lock it up

Airman Thomas Trower Story and photos Do you own any weapons? If so, have you registered them through the 27th Security Forces Squadron? These are two questions that every person assigned to on-base, Chavez Manor or Chavez West housing are asked before being handed the keys to their new home. “When the Security Forces are […]

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 […]

Lewis Libby indictment not top prize

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Democrats were saved from utter devastation by the indictment of Lewis Libby. At least they could console themselves that one high-ranking White House official was in danger of being jailed for a very long time (and their glee when contemplating the maximum possible sentence was undisguised). Yet the let-down was […]

Evil men still seek power to destroy us

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist With bombs exploding in Iraq on an almost daily basis; with nearly 1,800 American soldiers dead; with London braced for more terror attacks; and with bitter recriminations emanating from liberals in Britain and America over Downing Street memos, yellow cake from Niger, Gitmo, Valerie Plame, Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act, […]

Close relations with India worth taking chance

Freedom Newspapers To those who remember the sometimes contentious and troubled relations between India and the United States, especially during the Cold War, the sight of President Bush and Indian President Manmohan Singh rubbing shoulders and proclaiming eternal friendship last Monday might have seemed a little jarring. President Bush’s offer to change U.S. laws to […]

Weapons loaders battle for top title

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Weapon loaders at Cannon Air Force Base have a motto when it comes to their job — without weapons an F-16 fighter jet is just part of another airline. A trio of three-man teams battled for the title of “The Best Weapons Load Crew” on Friday during the 27th Fighter […]

More than just guns at Clovis gun show

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Rifles line a table at Sunday’s Clovis Lions Club Spring Gun Show at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. The two day event featured more than just guns, including coins, belt buckles, artwork, jewelry, knives and books. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Oh yeah, there were guns alright. It […]

New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

Nuclear deterrence may be only option

Steve Chapman It’s only the third quarter, but right now the scoreboard reads: Axis of Evil 2, Bush 1. While Saddam Hussein may be in jail, North Korea has announced it has nuclear weapons and Iran is moving briskly in that direction. The administration, which has all the trouble it can handle coping with its […]

Apathy sign all not well with political life

CNJ staff Perhaps the most striking thing about the official acknowledgment that the two-year hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is over is the fact that it was greeted with a collective shrug of the shoulders and an almost cheerful defense of what many Americans view as the indefensible. “Based on what we […]

Global Hawk might disappoint field soldiers

Freedom Newspapers I t’s an all-too-familiar story in the history of weapons-development programs. Somebody hatches a bright new idea for keeping the U.S. military on the cutting edge. The program promises to soar, until everyone in the Pentagon demands a piece of the action, piling so many bells and whistles on the bright idea that […]

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 […]

Bush rebounds, but Kerry is formidable

Freedom Newspapers Friday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis saw both candidates in prime form, giving voters a good picture of each. President Bush did much better than in his first debate, this time not grimacing and mostly avoiding the twisted syntax, repetition and lack of compelling detail that hurt him the first time around. […]

Government must clean up its nuclear act

Freedom Newspapers Whether it’s merely an “accounting discrepancy” or something more troubling, the news that more nuclear data is apparently missing from an Energy Department regional office in Albuquerque — revealed after the discovery that several computer disks with sensitive data were missing from the top-secret section of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New […]

Sensitivity plan won’t appease terrorists

Walter Williams President Bush’s foreign-policy critics at home and abroad share characteristics and visions that have previously led to worldwide chaos and untold loss of lives. These people believe that negotiation, appeasement and caving in to the demands of vicious totalitarian leaders can produce good-faith behavior. Their vision not only has a long record of […]

Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Report challenges decision, reasons for war with Iraq

Freedom Editorial T he Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on prewar intelligence assessments was released on a Friday, which in Washington is often a way to bury embarrassing stuff as people turn their attention to the weekend. As people digest the information, however, they will find the report is devastating. Its key conclusion — […]