ISIS gets men and $800 million from Turkey

July 8, 2014

This story isn’t getting enough play, in my opinion.

Money Jihad

Jihadist recruits and millions of dollars have slipped through the sieve-like border between Turkey and Iraq, says Middle East expert Daniel Pipes. This is purposeful not negligent. Pipes argues that this is because Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s twin interests in toppling Assad in Syria and fighting the Kurds in Iraq are both served by an ascendant Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Again, ISIS didn’t wake up one day and seize Mosul by chance. The combination of funding, number of foot soldiers, and strategy leaves almost no doubt that state sponsorship is involved.

Via Algemeiner on Jun. 22:

…Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally…

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Good news! Another Islamist government wants ICBMs! Huzzah!

July 25, 2012

Via Claire Berlinski, in case you were sleeping too easy at night:

The Turkish Armed Forces have begun working on a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), broadcaster NTV reported on its website today. 
 
A decision to launch the project was made in a July 17 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Board, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel. Erdoğan had previously requested that the military develop missiles with a 2,500-kilometer range.
 
The board decided to form a satellite launch center that would have a two-fold effect on Turkey’s aerospace and military endeavors. First, the center will enable Turkey to place its own satellites in orbit, and second, the center will allow the Turkish military to launch missiles that can navigate outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Attaining an ICBM launch capability is reportedly the chief aim of the satellite launch center.

Far from being the moderate Muslim leader the Obama administration fools itself into believing he is, Prime Minister Erdogan, head of an openly Islamist party, is Antisemitic, anti-American, anti-democratic, and an Islamic supremacist.

And he wants ICBMs. If anyone wants to bet that he and his supporters will refrain from trying to tip those with nuclear warheads, you’re on.

The Turkish sultan was for centuries also the Islamic caliph, spiritual leader of the world’s Muslims, and the revival of the caliphate is the dream of Islamists, everywhere.  A Turkish leader with nuclear missiles would have a strong claim on the leadership of a new caliphate, one that would have a hard time resisting the call to jihad.

There are regional geopolitical issues to worry about, too. Iran has its own nuclear and missile program and, while Iran and Turkey currently enjoy cordial relations as fellow Islamic supremacists, they have been rivals for hundred of years, fighting several wars with each other over influence in the Middle East and Central Asia. Those rivalries are buried, not dead, and Turkey has reason to want nukes if Iran gets them, too. And with its former province of Syria falling into chaos, Turkey is in a position to extend its influence over its ancient dominions in the Fertile Crescent. Possession of nuclear missiles would give it an edge over Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The same can be said with regard to Russia and the belt of Turkic language speakers ranging from Europe to China, over which Turkey has long dreamed of exerting influence and leadership. Much of this area used to be part of the Russian Empire and the USSR, and Moscow still thinks of it as its “sphere of influence.” Who wouldn’t want to see a nuclear-armed and angry Russia squared off against a newly-nuclear, inspired-by-jihad Turkey?

It’s been said that, if Iran gets nuclear weapons, other nations in the region will rush to get their own. That goes double if both Tehran and Ankara get the Big Firecrackers.

Sleep well, and hope that the next administration revives our missile defense program.

UPDATE: Think I’m exaggerating about Erdogan’s Islamism? Check out who’s visiting him at home.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A strategic game-changer in the Near East? A recipe for war? Or both?

October 26, 2011

I wrote last June about major oil and natural gas finds in the Eastern Mediterranean that would be a boon to Israel if they played out.

Today at (the renamed) PJMedia, Jonathan Spyer interviews Israeli journalist Amiram Barkat regarding other major natural gas (and maybe oil) finds under the nearby Mediterranean seabed — an area claimed by Israel and its new friend Cyprus, on the one hand, and increasingly Islamic-fascist Turkey and Lebanon (1) on the other. While discussing the enormous economic and strategic implications for Israel, Barkat talks reviews the geopolitical dangers:

PJM: What are the latest developments regarding the dispute between Turkey and Cyprus over exploratory drilling for offshore gas deposits off the coast of Cyprus? Are Turkish Navy ships still in the area?

In late September this year, Noble Energy, a Houston-based company, started drilling the Aphrodite prospect within a maritime area known as Block 12. Noble, the company that has made all the significant gas discoveries in Israel, received the drilling license in Block 12 from the Cypriot government in 2008.

Turkey had threatened to use military force should drilling commence, but refrained from action. Turkey has two major claims regarding Cyprus exploration plans: first, as the protector of the rights of the Turkish minority in Cyprus, it aims to guarantee that the Turkish Cypriots gain a share in the future revenues from any discovery. Second, Turkey doesn’t recognize the Cypriot EEZ and claims that parts of it are actually in Turkish waters.

PJM: Is there a realistic possibility that this could lead to conflict between Israel and Turkey? Or has Turkey, as a NATO member, been warned against escalating the situation?

The strengthening ties between Israel and Cyprus underpinned by mutual interests in the export of natural gas could make the possibility of regional conflict involving Turkey a realistic one, though not in the near future. Israel is aware of this and an internal debate has been going on regarding Cyprus.

Looking from Nicosia, the choices seem simpler. Recent developments in the area have clearly weakened Cyprus’s geopolitical position vis-à-vis Turkey. Greece, Cyprus’ patron, is practically bankrupt. Egypt and Libya, traditional allies within the Arab world, are both undergoing a revolutionary process.

Against this backdrop Cypriot government officials openly invited the Israeli military to play an active role defending Cypriot interests. In private talks Cypriot officials are supportive of letting the Israeli Air Force use Cypriot bases.

As you can imagine, the simultaneous occurrence of new valuable resources and political upheaval in the region is as recipe for military conflict at some point — and, in the Middle East, that could come at any time. While one naturally hopes that the parties involved would come to an amicable arrangement, factors besides those mentioned above line up against it:

  • Turkey is under an increasingly Islamist government, and their prime minister may well be an antisemitic nut.
  • Hizbullah-dominated Lebanon cut a deal with the hated Jews? Barack Obama will sooner embrace Thomas Sowell.
  • The natural broker for such a dispute is the United States, due to our history of alliance with both Israel and Turkey, but, thanks to incompetent diplomacy Smart Power, we’ve increasingly alienated Israel and played the fool for Turkey, which is actively working to advance the Islamist cause. Now one doesn’t trust us and the other thinks (rightly) it can use us.

This is not a recipe for the lion to lie with the lamb any time soon.

Footnote:
(1) And letting Hizbullah (and, by extension, its Iranian patrons) get any share of the revenues from these new fields is a Bad Idea(tm).

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Religion of Tolerance Watch

July 15, 2010

A church in Turkey is defaced with antisemitic and anti-Christian graffiti:

Police have started an investigation after a suspected group of people defaced the façade of the 1,700-year-old Mor Jacob Syriac Orthodox Church in Nusaybin, in the southeastern province of Mardin, with pro-Islamic slogans.

The offenders allegedly defaced the stone walls of the church on Monday with various slogans, such as “Clear off, bastards,” “Clear off, Zionist dogs,” “Heretics, lay off,” and “Zionist powers, clear off,” in Turkish and, “Allah u Muhammed,” and “Prophet Muhammad, fight the infidels and hypocrites,” in Arabic.

Fortunately the mayor had the decency to condemn this and make a statement of tolerance and respect toward all faiths, something that’s getting harder to find in Turkey under Islamist rule.

(via Jihad Watch)


Bizarro World foreign policy: Israel apologize to Turkey?

July 6, 2010

Really, the Bizarro explanation is the only one that fits the Obama Administration’s conception of foreign affairs. After Turkey sponsors a jihadist flotilla aimed at breaking a legal naval blockade in order to give aid to Hamas, a jihadist terror group, the Obama Administration wants Israel to apologize to Turkey:

Tensions between Turkey and Israel escalated Monday as Turkey’s foreign minister said his country would sever diplomatic relations with Israel unless it either apologizes for its deadly raid on a Turkish aid ship or accepts an international inquiry into the incident.

The threat came as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to meet Tuesday in Washington with President Obama. A Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the foreign minister made his comments, said Obama plans to press the Israeli leader to apologize to defuse tensions.

“The president is very concerned about the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations,” the diplomat said. Asked if he thought Obama could persuade Netanyahu to apologize, the diplomat added: “I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”

Senior Obama administration officials would neither confirm nor deny the president’s intentions for the meeting with Netanyahu.

If the President really does ask the Prime Minister to apologize for Israel’s act of self-defense, I have Netanyahu’s answer already prepared for him: אגוזים!

Translation

(via Hot Air)


On the Gaza flotilla incident

June 1, 2010

I haven’t much to say about the Israeli seizure of a “humanitarian aid” boat that climaxed with the deaths of several “peaceful aid workers” (read as much sarcasm into that as you would like), but I will note a few things:

Roger Kimball, who pretty much covers my feelings in the matter, provides a ready-made explanation that even EU foreign ministers should understand:

  1. Israel (and Egypt) decided some time ago to blockade the Gaza strip because the Palestinians could not break their unfortunate habit of launching rocket attacks against Israel.
  2. On May 31, the six-ship “freedom flotilla” approaches the Gaza bloackade. The Israeli Navy repeatedly warns the ships to turn back or divert to the port of Ashod where their cargo can be inspected.
  3. Those commanding the ships ignore the order.
  4. After further warnings, Israeli commandos board the ships from helicopters. The commandos are instantly set upon by Palestinian “peace activists” who beat them with metal clubs and other objects.
  5. The Israelis, in self-defense, shoot several of those threatening them.
  6. The firefight being over, the Israelis arrest nearly 600 “peace activists” who refuse to identify themselves.

He also has a couple of interesting videos.

Given the support shown by the Islamic-supremacist Turkish government for a convoy organized by a group with known jihad-terror connections, maybe it’s time we began to reevaluate our ties to Turkey.

Power Line has good coverage here, here, and here.

ADDENDUM: Israel’s Foreign Ministry has a good background paper on the international law concerning the Gaza blockade and the interception of the convoy. Also, see this one on the amount of genuine aid the Israelis let through the Gaza border checkpoints. Had the organizers truly been interested in getting aid to Gaza, they could have stopped at an Israeli port and shipped the goods from there – as the Israelis had offered. But that wasn’t what they were after, their real goal being the opening of a maritime corridor for Hamas to smuggle weapons through. Remember the Karine-A?

UPDATE: Joel Pollak looks at “Israel, the Truth and the Asymmetric Warfare Of Embedded Journalism.”


Religion of Misogyny watch

February 5, 2010

In Turkey, two men are under arrest for the murder of a teenage girl. Her crime? Befriending boys. Her punishment? To be buried alive. And her killers are were her father and grandfather:

A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honour killing just because she reportedly befriended boys, the Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, police discovered Medine Memi’s body in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre-deep hole in a chicken pen outside her house in Kahta town, Adiyaman province, 40 days after she went missing, the agency said.

A subsequent post mortem revealed that she had a significant amount of soil in her lungs and stomach, meaning that she was buried alive, foresic experts told the agency.

“The autopsy result is blood-curdling. According to our findings, the girl — who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics or poison in her blood — was alive and fully conscious when she was buried,” one anonymous expert said.

Medine’s father and grandfather have been formally arrested and jailed pending trial over her killing, the agency said.

The father is reported to have said in his testimony that the family was unhappy she had male friends.

Honor killing, the butchering of women to preserve a family’s “dignity,” isn’t restricted to remote, barbaric corners of the world, much as we’d like to believe. It happens in “civilized” Western countries, too, such as the UK, Canada, and even America.

The perpetrators are almost always Muslim. As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch points out:

In 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

And a manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).

In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

That’s why these honor killings keep happening — because they are broadly tolerated, even encouraged, by Islamic teachings and attitudes. Yet no authorities are calling Islamic leaders to account for this.

And yet to call-out Muslim spokesmen for the miserable status of women in Islam is to be labeled Islamophobic. The fault is always ours, never theirs.

LINKS: More at The Jawa Report. The Middle East Quarterly has a good article on honor killings. Stop Honor Killings is an organization dedicated to fighting this outrage, without regard to religion or sect.


Time to admit it

March 10, 2009

The United States has long had to admit its sins of slavery, the shameful treatment of the tribal peoples, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Germany for decades has been forced to confront what it did to the Jews 70 years ago. France has faced its demons in the form of French collaboration with the Nazis under the Vichy regime.

So shouldn’t the Turks just admit what they did to the Armenians? Call it "ethnic cleansing" or simply genocide, the government’s own papers show the truth:

For Turkey, the number should have been a bombshell.

According to a long-hidden document that belonged to the interior minister of the Ottoman Empire, 972,000 Ottoman Armenians disappeared from official population records from 1915 through 1916.

In Turkey, any discussion of what happened to the Ottoman Armenians can bring a storm of public outrage. But since its publication in a book in January, the number – and its Ottoman source – has gone virtually unmentioned. Newspapers hardly wrote about it. Television shows have not discussed it.

"Nothing," said Murat Bardakci, the Turkish author and columnist who compiled the book.

The silence can mean only one thing, he said: "My numbers are too high for ordinary people. Maybe people aren’t ready to talk about it yet."

It’s time to start. Both Armenians –the victims and their descendents– and the Turks themselves deserve it.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

 


More rats jumping ship

December 29, 2008

Another high-ranking Iranian official defects. There are interesting implications for Iranian-Turkish relations:

Iran will have to tread a fine line in this case. Relations with Turkey are very important for Tehran, both economically and politically. With Tehran becoming isolated, any damage caused in Tehran-Ankara relations will be to the benefit of the U.S. and Israel. On the other hand, Turkish authorities seem to be playing host to defectors from Iran, thus making the country a top destination for whoever wants to escape and to cause damage to Iran’s military apparatus.

And the Turkish military is historically very friendly to the Great Satan, the United States. Read the whole thing: it’s an enlightening look into the game of espionage in this new Cold War.

 


Rumors of war

February 21, 2008

A few days ago, I linked to a news story that Israel was contacting reservists, making sure their information was up to date in case of … ?

Now the Jerusalem Post reports that a London-based Arabic newspaper, al-Hayat, is claiming that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has given Turkey a heads-up about major military operations against Hamas and Hizbullah and politely warned Syria to butt-out:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak relayed a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad through the Turkish president that Israel plans to escalate militarily the situation with Hizbullah and Hamas, the London-based newspaper, Al-Hayat, reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Barak encouraged Damascus to take a different stance towards Hizbullah, and emphasized that such a move would be seen as a goodwill gesture, and would open up the possibility for peace negotiations between the two countries.

Further, the report stated that the defense minister informed the Turks that Israel plans to launch a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip. Barak requested that following the campaign, Turkey take part in an international peacekeeping coalition which would ensure the cessation of Kassam rocket fire, the report said. Other members of the potential international force would include troops from Qatar, Malaysia, and Jordan.

Associates of Barak refused to comment on the report, saying only that stories which derive from leaks do not merit responses.

Israel has put up with a lot in recent years: their reward for withdrawing from Lebanon has been the posting of a genocidal enemy on their northern border, while pulling out of Gaza has earned them dozens of Hamas rocket attacks daily against their border towns, something no government can tolerate for long. With Hizbullah threatening open war in the wake of Imad Mughniyeh’s killing, it’s little wonder that they might decide to “clear the decks” in one big offensive. And that’s particularly true given their failure to destroy Hizbullah in the 2006 war, something that only created a perception of weakness and encouraged their enemies.

The politeness of the “suggestion” to Syria was amusing: remember that, during the 2006 fighting, Israel broke some sonic booms over Bashar Assad’s palace, just to say “hi.” And, last summer, the IAF carried out an air raid deep in Syrian territory that’s widely believed to have destroyed a nuclear weapons facility that had been built with North Korean help. In this light, the suggestion is really an ominous warning to Bashar Assad: “We can get to you any time we want, so stay out.”

The suggestion of Qatar, Malaysia, and Jordan as peacekeepers isn’t as weird as it might seem from an Israeli point of view. All are among the more “moderate” Muslim states. Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, while the other two are known to cooperate under the table. All three might be willing to participate in a robust peacekeeping force “to protect the people from the Israelis,” but really to suppress a jihadist organization that’s an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus a threat to secular and moderate regimes in the region.

If this report is true –rumors being more common than sand in the Middle East– it may take only one small incident to set off a big war.

(hat tip: PJM)


Sunday reading

October 21, 2007

It’s been a busy weekend, so there’s been little time for blogging, but I wanted to leave you with a couple of articles of interest:

First, Victor Davis Hanson takes Congressional Democrats to the woodshed for trying to run their own foreign policy:

…too often we see frustrated senators posture in debate during televised hearings, trying out for the role of chief executive or commander in chief. Most could never get elected president – many have tried – but they seem to enjoy the notion that their own under-appreciated brilliance and insight should supersede the collective efforts of the State Department.

So they travel abroad, pass resolutions and pontificate a lot, but rarely have to clean up the ensuing mess of their own freelancing of American foreign policy.

Congress should stick to its constitutional mandate and quit the publicity gestures. If it is unhappy with the ongoing effort to stabilize a unified Iraq, then it should act seriously and vote to cut off all funds and bring the troops home.

Dr. Hanson was writing with regard to the stupid House resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide, but his words are applicable to any number of lame congressional attempts at diplomacy since 2006.

Next, reader John H. of Shikoku (See? We’re international!) points out a BBC article on rioting by non-Lutheran “youths” in Amsterdam:

Police in the Dutch city of Amsterdam say several cars have been set on fire in the sixth night of unrest after officers shot a Moroccan man dead.

The 22-year old was killed after entering a police station where he stabbed two police officers.

Eleven cars have been set on fire this week in the Slotervaart district of Amsterdam, which is mainly populated by immigrants.

Bruce Bawer and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have repeatedly pointed out the Netherlands’ massive problem with unassimilated and radicalized Muslims. One wonders how many more Dutch car-b-ques will be needed before Holland wakes up from its multiculturalist opium dream and notices the elephant in the living room.


Shameful motives

October 15, 2007

I wrote a few days ago about the pending House resolution declaring the massacre of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks an attempted genocide. At the time, I ascribed Speaker Pelosi’s move to cheap politics; a quick-and-dirty way to give the Democrat-led Congress an "accomplishment," something they could crow about to cover for their lousy record to date. I also wrote:

And (Pelosi) can’t be so petty as to deliberately try to wreck US-Turkey relations in order to harm the US effort in Iraq. (I hope.)

Ralph Peters would say I am naive. He thinks harming the Coalition war effort in Iraq is exactly what La Nancita and company have in mind. To do it, they are playing politics with genocide:

Despite all that, we’ve got to kill this resolution. It’s not the wording – but the timing.

Legislation similar to this has come up repeatedly in Congress, yet it’s always been defeated – in 2000, because of pressure from the Clinton administration. But if the resolution passes the House and Senate now, the Turks plan to evict us from Incirlik airbase in southeastern Turkey, to halt our military over-flight privileges and to shut down the supply routes into northern Iraq.

That’s what the Democrats are aiming at. This resolution isn’t about justice for the Armenians. Not this time. It’s a stunningly devious attempt to impede our war effort in Iraq and force premature troop withdrawals.

The Dems calculate that, without those flights and convoys, we won’t be able to keep our troops adequately supplied. Key intelligence and strike missions would disappear.

The Pentagon might be able to improvise other options. But the loss of the base and those routes would definitely hurt our troops. Severely. And we’d be more reliant than ever on a single, vulnerable lifeline running from Kuwait.

It’s a brilliant ploy – the Dems get to stab our troops in the back, but lay the blame off on the Turks. They pretend they’re responding to their Armenian-American constituents – while actually moving to placate MoveOn.org.

For the Democrats in Congress, it looks like a cost-free strategy. For our troops? When did the Dems give a damn about our troops? This resolution isn’t a stand in favor of historical justice. It’s an end-run that ducks behind the bench. It’s one of the most cynical betrayals in our legislative history – of our troops, of Armenian-Americans, of the Kurds under threat from the Turkish military and of the people of Iraq.

We can’t let Pelosi & Co. get away with this one. We need to call the Dems on it and make it clear that we, the people, know what they’re trying to do.

Peters is a much more perceptive observer of what’s going on in Iraq and the politics surrounding it than I, so I’ll take his word for it. This is nothing more than a low attempt to pander to their anti-war Left wing, which is the source of most of their campaign contributions and which has been demanding an immediate end to the war by any means for years.

In which case, my contempt for Nancy Pelosi and the Copperhead Democratic congressional leadership, which I thought had already hit bottom, continues to dig.

(hat tip: RCP)

LINKS: Blue Crab Boulevard, Pat Dollard, Human Events, and Prairie Pundit. Also Power Line, Thomas Sowell, and Michael Rubin.


Why now?

October 10, 2007

During World War I, the Turks of the Ottoman Empire launched a genocidal campaign against the Empire’s Armenian population.  The facts aren’t in dispute, except by crazed deniers and the Turkish government. It was a terrible event, and it’s to the Turks’ shame that they won’t admit what happened.

That said, it happened nearly a century ago. These days, Turkey is an ally in the Long War, and bases we have there provide important logistical support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Relations with Turkey have been strained in recent years because of their refusal to grant us passage during the initial invasion of Iraq and their claims that Kurdish rebel groups find safe haven in Iraqi Kurdistan, and both sides have worked hard to keep this relationship on an even keel.

So why is Nancy Pelosi trying her best to screw it all up?

A proposed House resolution that would label as "genocide" the deaths of Armenians more than 90 years ago during the Ottoman Empire has won the support of a majority of House members, unleashing a lobbying blitz by the Bush administration and other opponents who say it would greatly harm relations with Turkey, a key ally in the Iraq war.

All eight living former secretaries of state have signed a joint letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warning that the nonbinding resolution "would endanger our national security interests." Three former defense secretaries, in their own letter, said Turkey probably would cut off U.S. access to a critical air base. The government of Turkey is spending more than $300,000 a month on communications specialists and high-powered lobbyists, including former congressman Bob Livingston, to defeat the initiative.

The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Adam Schiff, is one of my local Congress critters, representing the 29th district, which includes one of the largest Armenian-American populations in the United States. The article also mentions the large ethnic Armenian community in La Nancita’s 8th district. So it’s obvious that both are engaged in a bit of constituent service to please the voters back home. There’s nothing wrong with that: Schiff has been sponsoring this bill for years, but Speakers have wisely blocked bringing to the floor because they know passage will make the Turks furious: they cut contacts with the French military and canceled defense contracts after France passed a law criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

So why did Speaker Pelosi choose now to bring this bill forward? It can’t be to put the Administration in a bind with the voters in an election year: the districts represented by her and Schiff are solidly Democratic and aren’t in danger of turning Red. And she can’t be so petty as to deliberately try to wreck US-Turkey relations in order to harm the US effort in Iraq. (I hope.)

No, I think Nancy is doing this because she’s stupid and ignorant about foreign affairs. After all, this is the same woman who tried to conduct her own diplomacy by visiting Syrian President Boy Bashar Assad, thus lending the prestige of her office to a dictator who is helping Iraqi insurgents kill US troops. She bungled her attempt at shuttle diplomacy between Damascus and Jerusalem so badly that the Israelis had to publicly correct her.

Under her and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pathetic leadership, the Democrats have so far failed to enact much if any of the agenda they ran on in 2006. Her decision to bring Representative Schiff’s bill before the House is nothing more than a cynical attempt to show an "accomplishment."

If this bill passes, she’ll have accomplished something all right. She’ll have succeeded in causing long-term damage to US-Turkey relations, and probably harmed our war effort in the process.

That’s quite an accomplishment, Madam Speaker.

LINKS: At Captain’s Quarters, Ed wishes Congress would attend to the nation’s business, rather than playing arbiter of history. Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard was ahead of us all, noting this a few days ago. Gates of Vienna thoroughly disagrees with me.