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Bush’s Hypocrisy (Video)

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I hate to use the term hypocrisy because it sounds so judgmental and cynical but no term I can think of fits better in this case. In this clip, Bush says:

We are making it very clear to Turkey that we don’t think it is in their interest to send troops into Iraq.

I don’t understand the logic here. It’s alright for the U.S. to send troops in after being attacked by terrorists who, by the way, weren’t affiliated with Iraq though it was presented in such a way, but it’s not alright for Turkey? It can be argued that we went into Iraq for WMD’s, oil, or a myriad of other reasons, all of which probably played a part, but it still stands that the Bush Administration used terrorism as a main platform.

October 23, 2007 Posted by | General Discourse, George W. Bush, Jon Stewart, Turkey, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Kurdish-Turkish Conflict:

President Bush responds to the elevating tension between Turkey and the KPP:

In a call to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Bush expressed his ‘deep concern’ over Sunday’s killings of at least 12 Turkish soldiers by fighters from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters. The group, known as the PKK, is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.” (1)

We’ll see what comes of it.

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Iran, Turkey | , , , | Leave a comment

Kurdistan Workers Party: Not Much to Party About

Later today, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) will announce a unilateral cease-fire following a PKK attack on a Turkish unit Sunday:

[Iraqi President] Talabani has been meeting with leaders in Iraq’s Kurdistan region to quell tensions with Turkey after PKK rebels ambushed a Turkish infantry unit early Sunday and killed at least 12 soldiers.” (1)


“Turkish forces retaliated to Sunday’s attack by killing 34 PKK fighters, according to a statement on an official government Web site.” (1)

The Turkish people seem pretty outraged at this act and they’re definitely not just putting up with this. One last thing, this sounds like someone I know…

‘If a neighboring country is providing a safe haven for terrorism … we have rights under international law and we will use those rights and we don’t have to get permission from anybody’ said [Prime Minister of Turkey] Erdogan.” (1)

Looks like President Bush has set a dangerous precedent. Of course, recognize this threat may arguable be much more immanent than in Bush’s context but it’s still fundamentally an issue of region stability.

October 22, 2007 Posted by | Iran, Turkey | , , , | Leave a comment