Mullen: Iraq withdrawal agreement still stands

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service BAGHDAD — All American troops will be out of Iraq at the end of the year in accordance with the security agreement signed in 2008, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. “There are no plans — nor has there been any request from […]

Officials: Afghanistan timeline not withdrawal date

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s directive calling for the start of a conditions-based drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 shouldn’t be considered as an exit date, but rather the beginning of the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghans, the […]

Burrito lady feeding my addiction

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Where the heck is that burrito lady anyway? Not at all unlike a den of drug addicts without a fix, the withdrawal symptoms are becoming problematic around the office where I work. Folks aren’t hooked on illicit substances though, just hot burritos, which we normally get delivered to our driveway […]

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 […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

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 […]

Data is necessary when determining fact

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I was having a nice visit with the proprietor of Family Meats in his butcher shop in Caloundra, Queensland. His specialties included chopped beef and kidney pie makings, barbecue ronelli and lamb loin chops for $16.99 a kilo. A sign at the counter said, “Antibiotic and Hormone Free!” We discussed […]

Smith’s attorney resigns

By Sharna Johnson The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death penalty case. He […]