didn't the kurds help us with saddam.... 2 replies, 41216 views

Racer X
11/4/2007 4:18:00 PM
hmm....i guess now we can add having the loyalty of a twenty-dollar-hooker to our foreign policy resume.

ANKARA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that fighting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq would demand persistence and commitment but vowed to redouble U.S. efforts to help Turkey tackle the problem.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, speaking at a joint news conference with Rice, said her visit to Turkey marked the start of closer cooperation between the NATO allies in combating the Kurds.

The United States finds itself caught between the conflicting imperatives of defending a NATO ally against a terrorist threat, seeing an eruption in northern Iraq -- until now the most peaceful part of the country -- and coming down hard on the Kurdistan Regional Government, its closest ally among Iraq's warring groups.

Underlying the situation are broader questions about Turkish influence in northern Iraq, particularly in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, itself disputed among Iraqi factions, and in the northern Kurdish region that also spans part of Iran and Syria in addition to Turkey.

Over the past several weeks, Turkey has massed an estimated 100,000 troops on its border with Iraq.
coastal elite
11/8/2007 7:01:00 AM
Glad to see we're backing someone who endorses genocide. I guess any way to get more troops into Iraq looks good to the administration.
11/8/2007 3:34:00 PM
U.S. Plays Both Sides in Kurd-Turk Conflict
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Kurt Nimmo
October 31, 2007

"The U.S. acknowledged Wednesday it has undertaken military moves against Kurdish rebels in Iraq after asserting for weeks that their strikes in Turkey were a diplomatic matter," reports the Guardian. "Pentagon officials are now starting to say publicly that the U.S. is flying manned spy planes over the border area, providing Turkey with more intelligence information, and that there are standing orders for American forces to capture rebels they find."

Last week, however, Maj. Gen Benjamin Mixon, the U.S. commander in northern Iraq, declared he planned to do "absolutely nothing" to counter Kurdish rebels operating from the region, and for good reason-in May, 2006, Ali Larijan, Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary, accused the United States of establishing contacts and negotiating with the PKK in Mosul and Kirkuk. "If the US is fighting terrorism, why then is it meeting with the PKK in Mosul and Kirkuk?" asked a bemused Larijan, the Turkish Weekly reported. Larijan, of course, knew darn well why.

It really is a no-brainer: the United States plays both sides of the fence in the name of political expediency and mega-profits for the death merchants, otherwise known as the "defense industry."

Concerning the political expediency side of the equation, Paul Joseph Watson wrote earlier this month: "Turkish newspapers have slammed NATO for its support of the PKK terrorist organization, while also alleging that U.S. forces are arming the militant group in Iraq, as part of an agenda to crush the democratic process and prevent the election of a populist government in Turkey."

In addition to squashing populism in Turkey, the United States was until recently eager to use the PKK-dedicated to carving out a homeland in areas situated in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey-as a wedge against Iran, as Ali Larijan has noted. "Iran believes that the US and Britain are now arming and training the Kurdish guerrillas to strike its territory from bases inside Iraq," Damien McElroy reported for the Telegraph on October 9. "America wants to carry out actions such as blowing up the country's oil pipelines by supporting bandits and small groups of Kurdish rebels," Larijan told the Iranian press.

"In the past months, Israel and the United States have been working together in support of PKK and its Iranian offshoot PEJAK [Party for Free Life in Kurdistan], I was told by a government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon," explained Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh recently in an interview with the Turkish gazette, Zaman. Hersh "accused Washington and the Zionist regime of providing PKK and PEJAK with 'training and equipment' in a secret ploy to destabilize the region. Commenting on PEJAK, Hersh asserted that Washington considers it as 'part of an effort to explore alternative means of applying pressure on Iran.'"

As for the supposed "ceasefire" the corporate media said was in the making, this predictably turned out to be a non-starter. "It looks like Lockheed Martin is going to guarantee the failure of the PKK ceasefire," noted the blogger Mizgîn on October 1. "The reason I know that Lockheed Martin will guarantee the failure of the ceasefire, even before it began, can be explained in three little words: Conflict of Interest. You see, Lockheed Martin has an insider on its board of directors, and that insider is none other than the new US PKK coordinator, Joseph Ralston, also of The Cohen Group."

Lockheed Martin happens to be an ATC Golden Horn member, too. If anyone out there is thinking about becoming a Golden Horn member so that you can hobnob in high style with all the other corporate mass murderers, you'd better be prepared to dish out $11,000 annually for the privilege. After all, it don't come