Thursday | March 13, 2003
Turkey driving a hard bargain
CW was that new Turkish PM, upon taking control of the government this week, would facilitate the deployment of US forces in Turkey. However, the reality has only gotten worse for Bush: not only is Erdogan driving a tougher bargain, but he's refusing to allow the US of Turkish airbases without parliamentary approval.
Despite the acceleration of U.S. military preparations elsewhere, Turkey's leaders appear to be in no hurry to schedule a new vote in parliament on the U.S deployment or use of airspace. They say they are confident that the United States will wait for them because an invasion of Iraq without Turkey's help would be riskier, take longer and result in more casualties.And of course, the story has the obligatory noting how US threats against Turkey have backfired and hardened opposition to the US deployment.
Yet more proof that rank amateurs are running the show.Posted March 13, 2003 06:48 AM | Comments (7)