From the New York Times:
Turkey must limit its military operations against Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq to days or a couple of weeks rather than months, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday.”It’s very important that the Turks make this operation as short as possible and then leave, and to be mindful of Iraqi sovereignty,” Gates told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday before leaving for Ankara.
“I measure quick in terms of days, a week or two, something like that. Not months,” he said.
Now let’s see: Turkey, our NATO ally, sends troops to capture PKK guerrillas in Iraq that are protected by the Iraqi government. Those guerrillas regularly cross into Turkey and kill people. Gates says Turkey has to stop.
The U.S., Turkey’s NATO ally, invaded Iraq five years ago, and is still there. Iraq was never a threat to the United States. U.S. troops have occupied Iraq, overthrown its government, and wrought general mayhem ever since. However, American troops and the puppet Iraqi government have done nothing to hamper the PKK guerrillas hiding out in U.S.-occupied territory.
And the **U.S.** is telling **Turkey** to get out of Iraq?
What a combination of hubris and chutzpah.8:02 pm on February 27, 2008 Email Christopher Manion