The duplicity of the Bush Administration is exhibited nowhere as starkly as in “Kurdistan”. The current nature of the conflict between Turkey and Iraqi Kurds is almost a total creation of U.S. policy. I conclude this because of a 60 Minutes piece filmed in Northern Iraq, containing interviews in which prominent government figures in the region openly sympathized with attacks made from Iraqi territory into Turkey. It’s impossible for me to conclude that information being openly broadcast on network T.V. would come as a surprise to the Bushies.
Turkish airstrikes and artillery have hit more than 200 Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq since Dec. 16, killing hundreds of insurgents, the military said Tuesday.
Up to 175 rebels were killed on Dec. 16 alone, the military said in a statement posted on its Web site. The military said other hideouts were hit in a cross-border airstrike on Saturday, followed by artillery fire.
Iraqi officials said the Dec. 16 operation — the first confirmed by Turkey since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 — violated Iraqi sovereignty. (emphasis added)
That operation was followed by an incursion by ground forces, who spotted a group of Kurdish rebels preparing to cross into Turkey.
The last confirmed offensive across the Turkish-Iraqi border came this past Saturday, when Turkish airplanes entered Iraqi air space and bombed suspected rebel targets.
In an earlier statement posted on its Web site, the military said it was hard to determine precisely how many rebels died but put the figure in hundreds.
The U.S. has been providing intelligence to Turkey on the Kurdish rebels since a Nov. 5 meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Bush, who said the rebel group was an enemy of the U.S., Turkey and Iraq.
On the one hand, the U.S. is busy encouraging, at least tacitly, Kurdish incursions into Turkish territory. Bush has even helped finance the Kurdish effort by arranging for one of his cronies to have access to oil in Northern Iraq. More recently we are supplying targeting intelligence to Turkey, knowing that it will be used for cross border attacks. Maybe our backing both sides comes merely from a desire to be involved in a war like situation in which we cannot lose.
Maybe, but I doubt it. One of the strongest influences on higher oil prices is geopolitical tensions, or, my preferred term, “chaos”. If one evaluates our entire involvement in Iraq under BUSHCO (both daddy and junior) from the point of view that the purpose was simply to create chaos to benefit the oil industry, not only does everything done make perfect sense, but the actions taken on our behalf would ultimately have to be graded as having been wildly successful. To analyze these matters under any other theory says that our government has been in the hands of the biggest bunch of idiots imaginable. Or to put it another way, they and there’s managed to just stumble into the largest financial fortunes seen in the entire history of mankind.
I’m pretty sure I know which way the smart money would bet on this one.
And if you believe that any vestige of Iraqi sovereignty remains I have some wonderful subprime mortgage investments that you’ve just got to get a piece of.