U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Honors: Robert Turner

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while […]

Iraq troop levels no real measure of U.S. control

During his State of the Union message, President Bush argued that his new tactics in Iraq — sending 30,000 additional troops and having them operate actively in neighborhoods rather than return to secure bases each night — “have achieved results few of us could have imagined just one year ago.” There is more substance to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Iraqis should make barrier wall decision

Editorial Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost has his neighbor say in the famous poem, “Mending Wall.” But his own sentiment — this is poetry so it’s open to interpretation — seems to be rather contrary: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And […]

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 […]

United States can’t solve Iraq’s problems

Editorial The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay the course” […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]

Iraq is the frontline of terrorism but win is far from certainty

Editorial “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will […]

Turnover of province of Muthanna a small sign of hope in Iraq

Editorial A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister […]

Safety in Iraq is becoming a responsibility U.S. can’t handle

Editorial Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence in […]

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 4

This is a letter of remembrance of the wounded and the 2,165-plus men and women who have given their lives in the Iraqi war. I grieve for them and their families. In remembrance of the 406,000 men and women who died and the thousands who were wounded in World War II, I grieve for them […]

Specifics may help Bush gain support for war in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]

Woman dedicated life to helping victims of war

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a […]

Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam

By Niko Price BAGHDAD, Iraq — Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body would not […]