Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Kaboom! The bombing will begin in five minutes.

AP reports today:

"ANKARA, Turkey - Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, although the government appears willing to give diplomatic pressure on the U.S.-backed Iraqi administration more time to work."

Interestingly. . . "President Bush said the United States was making clear to Turkey it should not send a massive number of troops into Iraq. Bush said Turkey has had troops stationed in Iraq 'for quite a while. We don't think it's in their interest to send more troops in.'"

That's interesting, isn't it?

Turkey has troops stationed in Iraq? I've heard of Turkish incursions for months into Iraq on so-called "hot pursuit" raids, but W. says they're actually stationed there. He doesn't have a problem with that, apparently, but what do the Iraqi Kurds think about it?

In a bit of good news for W. & Co., all these worries about a new war breaking out in northern Iraq has caused the price of a barrel of oil to surge to $89. (Now that's that kind surge W. is talking about.) I'm sure W.'s good buddy Ray Hunt, of Hunt Oil, currently exploring for oil in Iraqi Kurdistan, must be kind of worried, but an $89 barrel of oil will take the sting out of any disruption of his investments in Iraq, I'm sure. Exxon/Mobil is probably already working on another blockbuster quarter.

And just when you thought a $100 barrel of oil was an impossibility, W. said today that he told "people" (the Russians, perhaps?), "If you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them [the Iranians] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."

Ouch! World War III?

Bush said this in reaction to Vlad "the Impaler" Putin's and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's little pow- wow yesterday in Tehran where Putin said the US should butt out of the Caspian region. Putin said, "Not only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility.”

Well, so much for that. Bush just threatened WW III!

According to the ATimes today for Iran this summit with Putin was a . . ."Major achievement for Iran's diplomacy and particularly for Amadinejad's embattled foreign policy team, the 'good news' summit will likely serve as the hinge that opens new breathing space for Iran's diplomacy, and not just toward the Caspian, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Iran's Persian Gulf policy is also bound to benefit from the improved image of Iran in the Middle East, making more attractive Iran's role as a corridor to Central Asia which the Arab world in general and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in particular can take advantage of in their external trade and energy policies."

Looks like Put-Put isn't getting a Christmas card from the Bushes this year.


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