How Many American Soldiers Will Die Because The Democrats Want To Play A Political Game With Turkey?

First, from the WAPO,

A month later, there isn’t much room for such debate, at least about the latest figures. In September, Iraqi civilian deaths were down 52 percent from August and 77 percent from September 2006, according to the Web site The Iraqi Health Ministry and the Associated Press reported similar results. U.S. soldiers killed in action numbered 43 — down 43 percent from August and 64 percent from May, which had the highest monthly figure so far this year. The American combat death total was the lowest since July 2006 and was one of the five lowest monthly counts since the insurgency in Iraq took off in April 2004.

During the first 12 days of October the death rates of Iraqis and Americans fell still further. So far during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Sept. 13 and ends this weekend, 36 U.S. soldiers have been reported as killed in hostile actions. That is remarkable given that the surge has deployed more American troops in more dangerous places and that in the past al-Qaeda has staged major offensives during Ramadan. Last year, at least 97 American troops died in combat during Ramadan. Al-Qaeda tried to step up attacks this year, U.S. commanders say — so far, with stunningly little success.

As you can see, Iraqi civilian deaths have plunged and the number of US soldiers being killed has dropped precipitously, despite the fact that our troops have been on the offensive.

So, with all this good news coming out of Iraq, what are the Democrats in Congress trying to do? They’re actually trying to sabotage the progress we’re seeing and create some bad news with deliberately bungled diplomacy,

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives insisted Sunday that she would bring to the full chamber a resolution condemning the killings of Armenians nearly a century ago as genocide, even as a Turkish general warned that this could lastingly damage a military relationship crucial to American forces in Iraq.

A House committee Wednesday passed a nonbinding resolution declaring the killings, which began in 1915 in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, to be genocide, and the speaker, Representative Nancy Pelosi, said Sunday that “I’ve said if it passed the committee that we would bring it to the floor.”

But in Ankara, the Turkish military chief, General Yasar Buyukanit, said that if the full House passed the resolution, “our military relations with the United States can never be the same,” Reuters reported. “The U.S. shot its own foot,” he told the Milliyet newspaper.

…Strains have been further heightened by Turkish military and political preparations for possible strikes inside northern Iraq against militant Kurdish separatists, something U.S. officials fear could further destabilize the region. With troops poised near the border, the Turkish Parliament is set to debate whether to authorize an incursion. The rising tensions sent oil prices Friday to a record high of $84 a barrel.

The stage is thus set for a major showdown, with unknown consequences, if the full House approves the genocide resolution.

…Ankara’s past warnings have not been hollow. Last year, it halted military cooperation with France after French lawmakers passed a genocide resolution.

The Bush administration’s paramount concern is that U.S. forces might lose access to a major hub for shipping fuel and matériel to Iraq, a case President George W. Bush made Thursday.

…If Pelosi does bring the matter to the full House, probably late this month or next month, it would be “the most irresponsible thing” to come from Congress this year, said Representative John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, the House minority leader.

“There’s no question that the suffering of the Armenian people some 90 years ago was extreme,” he said on Fox-Television. But that chapter in Turkey’s past, Boehner added, “ought to be a subject for historians to sort out, not politicians.”

Now, why are the Democrats bringing this up for a vote now? It happened 90 years ago and it isn’t exactly a hot political issue — or for that matter, an issue relevant enough for Congress to vote on ever at this point.

So, why are the Democrats bringing it up now? This country has made it through 90 years without voting on whether what Turkey did to Armenia was genocide and if we went another 90 years, what difference would it make?

I’ll tell you why: because there’s actually good news coming out of Iraq. Less Iraqis are being killed. Less of our troops are being killed. The surge is undeniably making a positive impact.

That’s bad news for the Democrats politically, so they’re deliberately trying to create some bad news. This is a very sensitive issue in Turkey and what the Democrats are hoping is that they can force this resolution through; the Turks will get angry and then cut off use of their territory. Then the Democrats, being the Democrats, will, with the help of their pals in the mainstream media, blame the Bush administration’s “poor diplomacy” for the whole flap.

Unfortunately, if the Democrats pull off their little political stunt, what it will likely mean is that our troops will have to move supplies over longer, more dangerous routes, which will likely lead to more dead soldiers.

Someone should ask Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, and the other Democrats supporting this stupid resolution, how many of our soldiers they’re willing to sacrifice to declare that the Turks committed genocide against the Armenians 90 years ago?

For me, the answer is zero.

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