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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

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 […]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

Parades could be Portales’ forté

By Karl Terry Some towns are parade towns, some aren’t. Portales is a pretty good parade town and we proved it Saturday with the “Welcome Home Troops” parade. Growing up in Portales, the parades are one of the things that really stick out in your mind. Especially the Eastern New Mexico homecoming parade. We were […]

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 […]

Base-closing to affect all

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The shifting of troops and jobs from the Northeast to the Sunbelt and the West. The consolidation of scores of Reserve and Guard sites across the map. Mergers throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to create super-sized multipurpose bases. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld […]

For better or worse, it is time for U.S. troops to keave Iraq

Freedom Newspapers A poignant indicator of how the American occupation is going two years after the initial invasion of Iraq came Wednesday. Iraq’s National Assembly met, a sign that the new transitional government chosen in the inspiring elections of Jan. 30 is beginning to govern. But the meeting was shaken by a volley of mortar […]

Cannon honors Bataan survivor

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By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Irvin Butler is a survivor — despite a grueling 55-mile death march; despite two years in a prisoner-of-war camp; despite a telegram sent to his family reporting his demise. Butler, now 85, was honored Friday for his World War II service, accepting a place on the Airman […]

Dec. 8 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Harvest By this time, most of the peanuts are taken care of. Some have been able to get quiet a lot of cotton in modules the past week. Now if this spell is just short and sweet they should get most of the milo finished also. Roads improved The country dirt roads […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much handed […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]

Citites plan party for troops

Portales and Clovis residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]

Cities prepare to salute returning troops

Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw a […]