How France Blocked the U.S. in Ankara

(New York Sun) - Michael Ledeen The Turkish government fully expected that the parliament would approve its proposal that America be given the use of Turkish air bases in the Iraqi war. Contrary to expectations, the opposition, responding to orders from party leaders, voted unanimously against the government's position. The French and German governments informed the Turkish opposition parties that if they voted to help the Coalition war effort, Turkey would be locked out of Europe for a generation. One can describe this behavior on the part of our erstwhile Old Europe allies only as a deliberate act of sabotage against America in time of war.

2003-03-31 00:00:00

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