Turkey has said that consequences of the House voting and approving the measure "won't be pleasant".
According to Sec. Gates, approximately 70% of all cargo that goes into Iraq goes through Turkey.
So if the house decides to approve this measure calling the killings genocide and Turkey decides to kick the US out of their country, which is what they did to France, wouldn't this cripple the war in Iraq and force and early withdrawal?
wow, that's some name.
Allies don’t deny the passage of troops into a war zone, like the Turkish Parliament did in 2003. Turkey likes our money, but that’s about all.
Turks must be stupid. This action is being taken by the people who DON’T benefit from Turkey’s cooperation, and are merely doing it to indirectly harm those who do (Bush, US military, etc.). In reality, the best way for Turks to stick a finger in the eye of those pushing this resolution is to somehow find a way to cooperate even MORE fully with the US military.
There’s really only one morally valid question here: Did the Turks commit genocide against the Armenians during WWI? Yes or no?
If they did, then we are morally obligated to say so (if nothing else,) regardless of the consequences.
wouldn't this is a deliberate, with malice aforesight, move meant to cripple the war in Iraq and force and early withdrawal?
The Turkish Parliament should issue a resolution condemning US cutoff of funds to its ally in South Vietnam and the resulting murder of hundreds of thousands. They should mention Ted Kennedy’s willingness to feed Vietnamese children to the sharks in the South China Sea.
That's the whole idea.
Yep we have been shot, but I'm not sure the impact was on our foot though, and we didn't do it. DemonRat politicians did it.
I would not say that the US shot itself in the foot. More like Nancy Pelosi shot us in the foot.
I guess she’s trying to make a case for more gun control.
(Not that the Democrats actually care about the Armenians; they don't. And therein lies the irony. One of the excuses the Turks have offered for the Ottomans' behavior during WWI was that the Russians were attempting to stir up Armenian separatists. From what I've read, the Russians were probably doing just that. But, like the Democrats, they really didn't care what happened to the Armenian people. When things got messy, the Russians were nowhere to be found. And where to you think the Democrats will be when their mess hits the fan?)
The question is why did the Democrats deem it necessary to do this now? Obviously the only answer is to damage relations with Turkey and damage the war effort in Iraq.
Ahh, no, Pelosi and Reid shot the US in the foot, and it's too bad the Turks don't get it. But then, Bush should have put the traitor Rats in their place (Leavenworth) when he had control of congress.
There. I fixed it...
Did anyone REALLY think the Democrats were concerned with nearly 100 year-old murders by the Turks? Only the truly spacey would think so...
Trying to hold up the budget for the war didn't work. The PR attack on the war didn't work - so the next step is to sabotage it by cutting off avenues to support the war on the ground (supply lines).
If anyone doubts the level of hatred the traitorous Left has for the US, they are blind.
Has anyone reminded them they are like a nest of vampires?
Reward your friends, punish your enemies. That's the way of the world.
As soon as Turkey denied passage to the 4th ID, they lost all right to complain. All this touchy-feely stuff is a bunch of crap.
S. RES. 359. [Senate Resolution 359]
In the Senate of the United States.
May 11, 1920
May 11 (calendar day, May 13), 1920.
Considered and agreed to.
Whereas the testimony adduced at the hearings conducted by the subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have clearly established the truth of the reported massacres and other atrocities from which the Armenian people have suffered; and
Whereas the people of the United States are deeply impressed by the deplorable conditions of insecurity, starvation, and misery now prevalent in Armenia; and Whereas the independence of the Republic of Armenia has been duly recognized by the supreme council of the peace conference and by the Government of the United States of America: Therefore be it
Resolved, That a sincere congratulations of the Senate of the United States are hereby extended to the people of Armenia on the recognition of the independence of the Republic of Armenia, without prejudice respecting the territorial boundaries involved; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate of the United States hereby expresses the hope that stable government, proper protection of individual liberties and rights, and the full realization of nationalistic aspirations may soon be attained by the Armenian people; and be it further
Resolved, That in order to afford necessary protection for the lives and property of citizens of the United States at the port of Batum and along the line of the railroad leading to Baku, the President is hereby requested, if not incompatible with the public interest, to cause a United States warship and a force of marines to be dispatched to such port with instructions to such marines to disembark and to protect American lives and property.
May 11 (calendar day, May 13), 1920. Considered and agreed to.