Time for High-Level Diplomacy with Turkey?
October 22, 2007
We can hope that Turks are familiar with the famous quote attributed to Winston Churchill, “You can always count on America to do the right thing, but only after it has exhausted all other possibilities.” In its relationship with Turkey since 2003, the United States has exhausted all other possibilities. It is not clear that the White House will seize the opportunity, but now is clearly the right time to do the right thing: high-level diplomacy that takes into account the accrued concerns of Turkey.
The Turkish parliament has authorized its government to take military action against Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) terrorist forces in northern Iraq and President Bush should waste no time in dispatching Secretary of State Rice to Ankara for face-to-face discussion with Turkish leaders on the PKK and regional stability. The crisis is reaching a fevered pitch, with more fighting yesterday in Turkey’s southeast that left over 15 Turkish soldiers dead, more injured, and 11 missing.