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With all the news about the elections and the financial meltdown in the economy and the Strait of Hormuz propaganda and the million other things that get dumped on us, some things have gotten little or no coverage even though they are important news stories. Even Keith Olbermann has a segment on Countdown called “Bushed” – covering the numerous scandals in the Bush Administration that get glossed over.
There is one story that made little or no news here in America and that was the Turkish bombing of Iraq. This whole mess started with Bush, of course, and the Pentagon’s lack of control of the Iraqi border. This has allowed Kurdish Guerrillas known as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) to cross the border into Turkey and bomb populated areas.
Some in the tin foil crowd (they tend to be right on these things lately) think that our slack border security with Turkey is payback because Turkey did not allow US troops to enter Iraq from their border. Either way, the Turks are conducting strikes within Iraq and it seems the Bush Administration is allowing this to occur.
From December 24:
U.S. President George W. Bush promised Monday to continue helping Turkey fight separatist Kurdish rebels, after the third air attack in a week inside Iraq by the U.S.’s NATO ally, a Turkish official said.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked with Bush by telephone Monday after Turkey’s latest attack on rebel bases in northern Iraq and the two men agreed to continue sharing intelligence about the rebels, said an official from the prime minister’s office who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.
Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, said the leaders discussed the “importance of the United States, Turkey and Iraq working together to confront” the rebels.
I think it is obvious why the US is not mopping up the PKK. We have most of our troops sitting in Baghdad’s Green Zone doing the surge thing, and even with heaps of Blackwater mercenaries, we still do not have enough troops to take care of the Kurdish rebels. I might add, there was a ceasefire of sorts until the US invaded Iraq – then it all went to Hell.
But nobody cares in our glossy MSM world. I am sure CBS has a package set to run tonight about a dog that can predict the outcome of the South Carolina primary.
Iraq is quickly sliding to a place with the US populace that is on the same level of Africa. You know Africa? It is right there beside Iraq.