It’s been a while since I posted a political thread, so I did a little trawling and came up with this odd little tidbit I didn’t catch anywhere else.
From AmericanFreePress :
An insane plan authorized by President Bush to join Turkey in a covert war to assassinate leaders of a Kurdish rebel group in northern Iraq was exposed after a former Dick Cheney aide briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Within days of the visit to the Hill by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, columnist Robert Novak got wind of the plan and made it public. It transpired that Edelman boasted that the plan involved U.S. Special Forces helping their Turkish counterparts “behead” the leadership of the Kurdish guerrilla group the PKK, also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party, in its hideout in mountains bordering northern Iraq and Turkey.
When lawmakers questioned the sanity of the United States getting caught up in yet another guerrilla war, Edelman assured them it would be a success. The U.S. role would be hidden and vigorously denied if made public. Some members of Congress thought the strategy was risky, especially at a time when the United States was bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Edelman’s response was that the plan was a “slam dunk” and that it would not take long to accomplish.
Oh boy, remember another “slam dunk”? :
As in, it was a “slam-dunk” that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Or so Tenet said, with the kind of unambiguous self-assurance that Bush so admires. These will go down as Tenet’s famous last words, even though he uttered them more than a year ago.
“George, how confident are you?” the president asked Tenet, in an exchange depicted in Bob Woodward’s book “Plan of Attack.”
“Don’t worry, it’s a slam-dunk,” Tenet said.
Playing political hot-potato with the Turks over beheading the PKK should come as no surprise to anybody paying attention to the Middle East and ignoring the spin of the corporate media. The Turks have 200,000 troops on the Iraqi border and have said in no bullshit terms that they will stream across and wipe out Kurdistan. Oh yeah, Kurdistan have been the only staunch ally Bu$hco’s ever had during this whole imperial adventure.
How’s that spreading democracy workin’ for ya?