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Thursday, October 11, 2007

What Possible Good Can Come from This?

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Turkish ire may affect Iraq war

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Administration officials – and Turkish politicians – pointed out that 70 percent of the US military's air cargo destined for
Iraq transits through the US air base at Incirlik in eastern Turkey, and 30 percent of the fuel used by US forces.

This CSM article sums up all of the problems with U.S.-Turkey relations vis-a-vis the PKK and the Armenian genocide bill.

It is unfortunate, but this whole thing is a terrible idea. It is a non-binding resolution, which means that the House is basically telling Turkey that we have zero appreciation for the help they give us in Iraq and being our ally has no value.

Comments on "What Possible Good Can Come from This?"


Anonymous MB said ... (6:11 PM) : 

I wouldn't put it that way at all. Of course the US appreciates what Turkey has done. But does that require silence in the face of their continuing lies about the genocide? I'd think not. As you say, it's just a non-binding resolution. It doesn't take any action, it doesn't *do* anything. It merely acknowledges an awful truth that some in Turkey have worked fairly hard to bury.

What would be more appalling is if the Administration had been successful in working to quash this resolution. The US already turns a blind eye and silent mouth to too many things.


Blogger Robb said ... (6:55 PM) : 

I still think that the resolution is both ill-timed and -advised.

Excellent comment, however; all valid points.

The Administration may well still be successful in quashing the resolution in the full House, BTW.

It would be ironic, if the resolution passes and the Turks cut off our supply routes into Iraq, that it might do more to hasten our withdrawal than anything else Congress has yet to pass.

Ironic like a fox?


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