Turkey Again Stonewalling USA

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    The White House thinks that deploying a vessel such as the hospital ship USNS Comfort would showcase the Bush administration's support for Georgia and signal U.S. concern that Russia has sparked a humanitarian crisis in Georgia.

    The Pentagon officials, who both spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss internal policy deliberations, said the move is unnecessary. Last week, the U.S. military sent a 12-member assessment team to determine how much humanitarian aid Georgians need.



    Moreover, to send the Comfort, a destroyer or any other major naval vessel, the Bush administration would need to obtain permission from Turkey under the Montreux Convention, an international treaty that regulates naval passage in the Black Sea. So far, Turkey, which controls the Bosporus and the Dardanelles that link the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, has refused, the Pentagon officials told McClatchy.

    The White House is frustrated, the officials said, but the Pentagon is unperturbed.

    McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/20/2008 | Pentagon, White House at odds over aid to Georgia
     
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    First Turkey refused to allow us to unload our ships to mount a northern assault on Iraq in the early stage of the Iraq war, then they ventured into Iraq with armed assaults on areas in Iraq, and now this. At what point will Washington realize these turkey's aren't one of allies?
     
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    When it's convenient.

    Right now we're somewhat busy fighting two land wars in Asia, and getting reinvolved in a cold war footing with Russia.

    We need Turkey more than they need us, sport.
     
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    I realize we need them but my point is every time that we rely on them they brush us off.
     
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    No, that's not really true.

    They brush us off when they think what we want will cost them more than they can afford to pay.


    When for eample, we want help from them invading a Moselm nation.

    Their leadership knows not to dip their dicks in that hornet's nest.

    Would that ours had the same sense.
     
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    The truth depends on what you consider an allie and what I consider one to be I guess.

    A fair weather friend isn't necessarily an allie to me.
     
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    That's the way of the world. Every nation for itself.
     
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    I agree, it seems that way to me unless some other country wants something from us.
     
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    Or us from them.
     

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