SELLING OUT THE KURDS?….American foreign

SELLING OUT THE KURDS?….American foreign policy has a long history of creating long term problems in return for short term gains. Exhibits A and B (this year, anyway) are the aid that we gave to both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. To some extent these tradeoffs are inevitable in an imperfect world, of course, but you’d still like to think we could learn from our mistakes.

But probably not. Nathan Newman points to a New York Times article today indicating that in order to get Turkish support for the war with Iraq we are getting ready to sell out the Kurds. Of course, this has always been the price of Turkish support, but it’s still sad to see us playing this horrible game.

The warbloggers keep telling us that we don’t need any allies to win this war. If that’s the case, why are we making deals concerning the Kurds in order to get basing rights in Turkey?

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