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The collapse of Bush's foreign policy


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The collapse of Bush's foreign policy

From Turkey to Iraq to Pakistan, the mounting chaos proves the White House is just winging it.

By Juan Cole

People try to help victims of a twin explosion near the truck, seen in the background, carrying Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 18.

Oct. 24, 2007 | The Bush administration once imagined that its presence in Afghanistan and Iraq would be anchored by friendly neighbors, Turkey to the west and Pakistan to the east. Last week, as the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to deteriorate, the anchors themselves also came loose.

On Sunday, just days after the Turkish Parliament authorized an invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish guerrillas ambushed and killed 17 Turkish soldiers inside Turkey. In Karachi, Pakistan, a massive bomb nearly killed U.S.-backed Benazir Bhutto, who was supposed to help stabilize the country. The Bush administration's entire Middle East policy is coming undone -- if it even has a policy left, other than just sticking its fingers in the multiple, and multiplying, holes in the dike.

In Iraq, the Kurds of the north are the United States' most reliable allies. In addition to the 5.5 million Kurds in Iraq, however, persons speaking dialects of Kurdish constitute around 11 million of neighboring Turkey's 70 million citizens. There are another 4 million Kurds next door in Iran, and up to 2 million in Syria. All three of Iraq's northern neighbors fear that Kurdish nationalism, which has been fostered by the U.S. occupation of Iraq, could tear them apart. Opposition to that nationalism could provide a platform for an alliance of Syria, Turkey and Iran -- a nightmare for the Bush administration. Washington had hoped to isolate Syria, an ally of both Iran and of Hezbollah in Lebanon. That's not how it is turning out.

Even after Turkey declined to sign on to the Iraq war, then U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz praised it in April 2003 as a dependable ally and secularizing model for the Muslim world. Since then, however, Washington's relationship with Ankara has turned increasingly sour over U.S. favoritism toward the Kurds.

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http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/10/24/kurds/

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Oh, I saw an awesome documentary about the whole PNAC gang.

Their goals were mischevious and unrealistic............

It's all there in the PNAC document "Rebuilding America's Defenses"

In which they provide a deranged scheme for hegemony US worldwide.....

Of course this would require increased military funding, Pre emptive Wars, and oh yeah, The now infamous "Pearl Harbor type event" in order to get the American people on board.

It should be noted that these people are not Conservatives. They are extremists.

The scheme was destined for failure IMO. Especially considering the corruption of the Bush administration. The plan never had a chance.

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Now the issue with Turkey and the Armenian genocide that we won't recognize for fear of insulting Turkey...

It just seems that this administration is not really evil...but more ignorant. It's like they didnt' know about Shiite and Sunni Islam, they didn't know about Turkish attrocities, they didn't know about the Kurds and their beef with Turkey and with Shiites and Sunnis,

I mean, I'm sure they must have known all this stuff, how could you get to high office while maintaining such a level of ignorance, but it seems like they make policy ignoring all this stuff.

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Now the issue with Turkey and the Armenian genocide that we won't recognize for fear of insulting Turkey...

It just seems that this administration is not really evil...but more ignorant. It's like they didnt' know about Shiite and Sunni Islam, they didn't know about Turkish attrocities, they didn't know about the Kurds and their beef with Turkey and with Shiites and Sunnis,

I mean, I'm sure they must have known all this stuff, how could you get to high office while maintaining such a level of ignorance, but it seems like they make policy ignoring all this stuff.

thats the truth of it all....bush co doesnt know history or care about it.....between rice cheney and bush they have a small clue whats going on in the world....his plan was too rob the treasury and put all the money into military company coffers ....he succesfully broke the country like a good lil new world order drone...

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Now the issue with Turkey and the Armenian genocide that we won't recognize for fear of insulting Turkey...

It just seems that this administration is not really evil...but more ignorant. It's like they didnt' know about Shiite and Sunni Islam, they didn't know about Turkish attrocities, they didn't know about the Kurds and their beef with Turkey and with Shiites and Sunnis,

I mean, I'm sure they must have known all this stuff, how could you get to high office while maintaining such a level of ignorance, but it seems like they make policy ignoring all this stuff.

Which was the problem from day 1, any group of persons picked randomly of the street probably would have performed better than the whole West Wing. I don't know what the qualifications were they aimed at to get there... but hey one more year and it will get better (I hope).

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