Invading Iraq may haunt world for years to come

The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at least 34 people, and [...]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation [...]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, [...]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. [...]

Senate candidate stops in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and a strong stance has to be maintained. “They (Islamic jihadists) have said they are going to annihilate us and they mean it,” Pearce said while attending a meet and [...]

Veterans Wall of Honor unveiled

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By Karl Terry It was a good Veterans Day weekend for Mick Hoffman. The Air Force veteran and former Eastern New Mexico University student saw his name added to ENMU’s Wall of Honor at the Campus Union Building. But as nice as that was, he said it wasn’t the highlight of the weekend. Hoffman said [...]

Former ENMU student returns to speak of embedded work

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his [...]

United States faces Turkish troubles

Editorial Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather than a [...]

Conventional actions won’t always produce desired results

Editorial Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed several key [...]

Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary [...]