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 […]

Ice pops provide reprieve from heat

By 2nd Lt. George Tobias: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen and the Cannon community have shipped a cool treat in the form of ice pops to the injured troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation ICE POP provided ice pops to patients and medical staff in deployed medical treatment facilities, […]

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 […]

Sacrifice is more than an idea

Commentary by Jenny Sokol: Freedom News Service I wanted to escape the war; I hoped moving to Kansas would help. Fort Leavenworth would offer a reprieve, I assumed, because the Army post isn’t home to battalions of deployable soldiers. I looked forward to living in a neighborhood free from yellow ribbons and single star Service […]

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 […]

Hussein not entire basis for decision leading to war in Iraq

Editorial 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 made the […]

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class […]

Marine returns to Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned home May 19 after nearly nine months in Iraq. “It’s such a relief,” his […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

War should be ended with as little harm to Iraq as possible

Editorial As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress can […]

Military plot twists show bureaucracy’s problems

Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly disturbing. […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

Progress overseas leads to limited liberties at home

Editorial It has been a long, hard slog, but Republicans in Congress may finally be coming to terms with the primary reason why they enter the 110th Congress as the minority party rather than the majority. To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s electoral guru James Carville, who notably reminded his troops back in 1992 that “It’s the […]

Military increase may not be correct answer

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years –- 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional Marines, […]

U.S. strategy for Iraq might stand chance

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” So the […]

Letters to the Editor: Devil, child abuse not part of Wiccan religion

Regarding the Jan. 14 newspaper story about the Portales woman accused of killing her son because he had “the devil” in him: The story reported the suspect checked out books on Wicca from the library. This statement from District Attorney Matt Chandler flew in my face: “We believe the way some of the child abuse […]

Country needs deep discussion about core values

Editorial Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of Congress […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]