Why Turkey? Why Now?

I‘ve heard some lame reasoning before but this ranks right up there as some of the worst:

With tensions rising between the United States and Turkey over a resolution that labels the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces “genocide,” many are asking why the House is debating the resolution now.

It was 90 years ago this massacre happened. The government and most likely every person associated with it are dead.

Turkey is a vital NATO ally.

So someone, anyone, tell me why, if, as Democrats argue, it is so important that we rebuild our image abroad, that we attack and impugn the honor of an important ally?

Ideas?

Well here are the excuses:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday said arguments that Turkey is too vital an ally to alienate has delayed the resolution for too long.

“I’ve been in Congress for 20 years. And for 20 years, people have been saying the same thing.” Pelosi said Thursday. “There’s never a good time. And all of us in the Democratic leadership have supported… reiterating the Americans’ acknowledgement of a genocide.”

“As long as there is genocide, there is need to speak out against it,” she added.

Now that is one full ration of political gobbledygook.

Suddenly, having accomplished absolutely nothing, it is time for Congress to address a topic that wasn’t on anyone’s radar during the election and hasn’t been a topic of conversation anywhere that I’m aware of.

So there has to be something else going on. And, as you might expect, the hint is given to us by Tom Lantos:

An one of the chief supporters of the resolution, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos, D-California, was unmoved by the administration’s arguments that Turkey would block the use of U.S. airbases on Turkish soil.

“The Turkish government will not act against the United States because that would be against their own interests,” he told CNN. “I’m convinced of this.”

Ha!

What a load of horse apples.

In fact, I’m convinced that Lantos, et. al., are banking on Turkey doing precisely that.

Says MEMRI:

A Turkish parliamentary delegation is on its way to the U.S. as a last move to prevent the passing of the resolution on alleged Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during the World War I.

Columnist Fatih Cekirge of top selling Turkish daily Hurriyet wrote that the mandate of the delegation of MPs from AKP, CHP and MHP is stronger as it comes not only from the government but from the parliament — that is from the Turkish people — and the AKP MP Egemen Bagis, who heads the delegation, signaled that the warning they will deliver to the U.S. will also be very strong.

Turkey has repeatedly said that if the Congress passes the Armenian resolution U.S.-Turkey relations would suffer. It is now understood that Turkey will tell the U.S. that it might cut or restrict the logistical support that Turkey provides the U.S. military in Iraq through Incirlik airbase — also affecting the future withdrawal of U.S. from Iraq, via Turkey.

Or to put it in simpler language, this is another end run by Congressional Democrats designed to muck up the works in Iraq and make it more difficult to be successful there.

This is execrable stuff. It again demonstrates that just when you think Congressional Democrats can’t sink any lower on the partisan-politics-over-the-good-of-their-country scale, they manage a new low.

Anyone, and I do mean anyone, who believes this blatant nonsense Pelosi and Lantos are spouting that now is an important time to condemn something which happened 90 years ago in a country which is very important to our effort in and to the stability of Iraq, is either hopelessly naive or terminally stupid. This is a deliberate attempt to alienate an ally in the hope of hurting the effort in Iraq.

And I find it be as disgusting a partisan political act as any that has come down the road in a long time.

This post originally published at QandO

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