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October 16th, 2007


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03:02 pm - News that makes me happy
The Iraqi Prime Minister wants the Blackwater mercenaries out of Iraq, The Turkish government is sufficiently upset by the US House committee (quite justifiably) condemning the Armenian genocide that they may limit US access, and the Turk are likely planning to invade northern Iraq to attack the Kurds. In short, the entire US effort in Iraq is on the verge of collapse. Even if Shrub can sufficiently mollify and restrain the Turkish government, removing the thousands of Blackwater mercenary thugs would do serious damage to Shrub's plans. If these various problems can't be solved soon, I'm betting that withdrawl will become even more popular as it becomes clear exactly how untenable keep US troops there is.

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From:nancylebov
Date:October 16th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm not overjoyed at the idea of the Kurds being attacked. What resources do they have to defend themselves?
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From:heron61
Date:October 16th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I completel agree, but it's also been clear for years that a Turkish invasion of northern Iraq was going to happen, it was only a question of when.
From:dsgood
Date:October 17th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
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Personal arms, some militias, and a difficult countryside, I believe.

Note that I'm not saying I like the idea of them being attacked. But I don't think the Turks would win easily, if at all.
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From:temima
Date:October 17th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
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I'm more annoyed at the Turkish government getting huffy that people actually mentioned the Armenian genocide. C'mon, many nation-states have skeletons in their closets. Do something completely unexpected and make amends.

Who knows, the US might take that advice, too.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:October 17th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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This doesn't make me happy at all, particularly the bit about Turkey invading and attacking the Kurds. Didn't those poor folks suffer enough with Saddam's poison gas attack?

The President may be forced to listen. May. He's not the only fucktard in there; half of Congress seems to be as stupid as he is.

However, I am happy now that a source I respect has hopes that we won't be in there for the next 20 years a la Vietnam.
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From:heron61
Date:October 17th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
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I'm also pleased that this utter disaster of a war will almost certainly keep the US out of similar nonsense for another few decades, just like Vietnam did.
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From:diluvian
Date:October 17th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
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I doubt US troops will be leaving Iraq anytime soon. They won't leave while the boy king georgie is in office, and I have seen very little from the current presidential contenders that makes me think they will pull out once one of them gets in office.

I think the dems might do it sooner than the repugs, but neither side is impressing me with their vision on the subject.

Also, with Russia now involving itself with Iran, I have a bad feeling things are going to get much worse before they get any better.

I hope I'm wrong.


-Robert

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