Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Real Turkeys
While Americans continue to fulminate against France, it strikes me that the real culprit here is Turkey. Had it allowed U.S. forces through its territory, this would have been a two-front war. I can only wonder at how splendidly the Turks screwed up their relationship with the U.S., losing (a) money (b) a chance to shape postwar Iraq (c) a chance to curb Kurdish aspirations (d) a chance to become a cornerstone of a new American order in the Midde East and (e) U.S. support for Turkey's entry into the EU--and all for virtually nothing.

Perhaps the generals are patiently watching this and hoping it will, in the end, weaken Erdogan.

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