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 [...]