TURKEY UPDATE….What with everything going on in Pakistan, our woes in Turkey have fallen off the radar screen lately. But on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with George Bush as scheduled to discuss PKK terrorism in northern Iraq and what the United States was prepared to do about it. After insisting on anonymity, here’s what a “senior Bush administration official” had to say about the situation:
“We had some ideas. The Turks have had some ideas. The Iraqis have had some ideas. The Kurds have had some ideas,” the official said.
Well OK then! Case closed.
Anyway, as you might guess from that statement, essentially nothing concrete came out of the meeting at all. Basically, we have no policy. If we get lucky, the PKK will lay low for a while and the whole thing will blow over. If we don’t get lucky, someone somewhere will decide to provoke an incident and a couple brigades of Turkish troops will pour over the border into Iraq to the cheers of the Turkish public. Stay tuned.