LET'S TALK TURKEY: Turkey continues to waffle over cooperation with the vast, world-wide concensus that Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq needs to be toppled. First it appeared that they would allow the US to deploy ground forces from our military bases in southern Turkey, and then they changed their mind. Then they said we could fly over their territory, but they have apparently changed their mind on that as well. Why?
"Turkey closed its airspace Friday, saying it would remain closed until the United States agreed to allow Turkish troops to move into northern Iraq."
Well, that will never happen. The Turks want to move into northern Iraq for two reasons: to terrorize the Kurds who live there, and to take over the oil fields. Neither of these coincides with US/UK interests, and in fact:
"After Turkey's decision on Friday to suspend the overflight rights, a senior U.S. administration official said the administration is "very worried."
"We told them to stay the hell out and it is a major problem which we are going to be watching very closely today," the official said.
Needless to say, the billions of dollars in aid that the US had offered to Turkey are already off the table.
Fortunately, we have our coalition of the willing.
Turkish Troops Enter Northern Iraq. Did the US allow it? The article doesn't say.