October 23, 2007

Via Chicago Tribune:

The Bush administration is considering air strikes against the Kurdish rebel group PKK in northern Iraq in an attempt to stave off a Turkish invasion of Iraq to fight the rebels, administration officials said.

President Bush spoke with Turkish President Abdullah Gul by phone Monday in an effort to ease the crisis. According to an official familiar with the conversation, Bush assured the Turkish president that the U.S. was looking seriously into options beyond diplomacy to stop the attacks coming from Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq.

"It's not 'Kumbaya' time anymore -- just talking about trilateral talks is not going to be enough," the official said. "Something has to be done." Read more...

In Bushworld, bombs = diplomacy. How many new insurgents will this create? Juan Cole has more on Bush's collapsed foreign policy and the consequences at Salon.

UPDATE: (Nicole) It should be noted that the Special Envoy to Turkey, Gen. Joe Ralston resigned in protest just weeks ago essentially because he was frustrated by the lack of interest in diplomacy by the Bush Administration in his year-long tenure.

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