Yes, they're our important ally with a strategic location in the fight against terror and in stabilizing Iraq, but quite frankly, we've been burned too many times by ignoring the obvious shortcomings in our allies. That's partly why this bill is a step forward for American foreign policy.
Turkey's head of state protested a U.S. congressional panel decision to approve a bill calling the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide, saying the decision came as a result of "petty domestic politics."Bush is right, insofar that it will hurt relations, which is just too bad. How very un-neoconish of him.
Despite earlier protests Wednesday in Turkey and opposition by U.S. President George W. Bush, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill by a 27-21 vote — a move likely to be considered an insult by most Turks.
Bush had warned that the bill could harm U.S.-Turkish relations.
In related news, Kurdish fighting in Turkey heats up. This is exactly what Turkey feared from an invasion and liberation of Iraq: rebellious Kurds. And exactly what we don't need, as Kurdistan is now precariously thought of as a good example in Iraq.