Thursday, February 28, 2008

Because irony is a b**ch

The Turks refuse to consider a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who arrived in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Wednesday night, told reporters he intended to advise Turkish leaders that their incursion into northern Iraq must last no more than a few weeks. He also planned to tell them that the military operation should be complemented by political efforts to resolve the grievances of the Kurdish minority in eastern Turkey.

But Turkey ruled out specifying a timetable for an end to the offensive.

"Our objective is clear, our mission is clear and there is no timetable until . . . those terrorist bases are eliminated," Turkish envoy Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters after talks in Baghdad with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.


betmo said...

i wonder if they laughed in his face- or waited until after he left the room?

Suricou Raven said...

Entering another country with a military force and no permission is effectively a declaration of war.

But the US doesn't want war, so they are going to turn a blind eye. And the Iraqi government is still just a puppet of the US.

So nothing is going to happen. The turks could start shelling random Iraqi towns, and the US forces would just have to act as though nothing was happening - because to acknowledge a problem would mean having to fix it, which means war with Turkey, which noone wants.