Wednesday, June 06, 2007

When the Weird Becomes Bizarre - Iraq Edition

Turkey Invades Iraqi Kurdistan. No surprise. The threat has been there since the initial American invasion.

My question is, since the United States military is supposed to be in Iraq to defend its sovereignty, and the Kurds are our only really friends in that country, shouldn't we expect the army to disengage in Baghdad and move north to defend Iraq from this foreign invasion? At the very least, it is embarrassing to see a country we occupy invaded by someone else. I mean, where's the respect?


gregdn said...

When the Turks are chasing terrorists (the U.S. has designated the PKK as terrorists) then I suppose it would be stupid for us to oppose them.

KnightErrant said...

One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. The Kurdish Peshmerga are the only reliable pro-American fighting force in Iraq. The PKK and Peshmerga are allies in the dream of an united Kurdish nation.

The last thing the United States wants to do is get involved in this. Side with the Turks and we anger our only Iraqi friends; side with the Kurds and we anger one of the few Moslem nations that considers us friends. For four years, the Bush Administration has tried to pretend that this confrontation was not inevitable. Call it "Ostrich diplomacy."