Irony is For Suckers
Bob Gates is a smart man, so I’m sure he appreciates the irony here.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who arrived in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Wednesday night, told reporters he intended to advise Turkish leaders that their incursion into northern Iraq must last no more than a few weeks. He also planned to tell them that the military operation should be complemented by political efforts to resolve the grievances of the Kurdish minority in eastern Turkey.
But Turkey ruled out specifying a timetable for an end to the offensive.
“Our objective is clear, our mission is clear and there is no timetable until . . . those terrorist bases are eliminated,” Turkish envoy Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters after talks in Baghdad with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
LOL! Shorter Bob Gates: No one invades Iraq ‘cept us! Shorter Turkish government: Hey, what was your line? Oh yeah — We will stay as long as necessary and not a day more! We reject timetables, and our commanders on the ground will tell us when we can responsibly draw down our troop levels!