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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Rice's wink and nod to Turkey attacking Iraq

Am I the only one worried about Turkeys likely invasion into Iraq?

The news media is focused on Pakistan this week, apparently having just noticed that the country is run by a military dictator.

As one who knows a thing-or-two about Pakistan, I greatly fear for it's future. However, the events of this week are nothing new.

The other big international news this week was Condoleezza Rice's wink and nod to Turkey's Ali Babacan for an attack in Iraq.

Common sense tells me an attack within Iraq by Turkey would be a huge mess and make it much more complicated to stabilize the country.

Considering Rice's incredibly bad diplomatic skills, it's possible that she has no idea she just green lighted an invasion.

But it seems pretty clear that's what just happened on her recent visit there. See how this is being reported to the Turkish people:

U.S. Considers P.K.K. As A Terrorist Organization, Rice
ANKARA - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the United States considers PKK as a terrorist organization and a common enemy.

"We have agreed with Turkish FM Ali Babacan that effective measures must be taken so that Turkey is not faced with terror attacks in the future," told Rice a press conference in Ankara.

In a joint press conference after her tete-a-tete meeting with Ali Babacan, Rice indicated that they discussed the problem in north of Iraq and terrorist organization PKK.

"PKK is a threat to Iraq's stability; and security of both Turkey and the United States," underlined Rice.
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Now, according to the Bush Doctrine external link, which everyone in the Middle East is acutely aware of, Turkey has the right to preemptively and unilaterally invade a country if it's perceived as a threat.

Well, the Kurds in Iraq are more than a perceived threat to Turkey -- more than 35.000 people have been killed in the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) external link

There was a time when I assumed that someone as bright and intelligent as Condoleezza Rice knew something that my common sense wasn't telling me. I mean, you dearly hope that's true with out leaders. Now I trust my common sense more than the best and the brightest in the Bush Administration.

Well, common sense says that having another country in Iraq killing people and blowing things up is going to be a huge, tragic mess for everybody, including the U.S.

From the memory bank: This visit by Rice reminds me of when the G HW Bush administration accidentally green-lighted Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. external link

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