Friday, October 12, 2007

Next big question in US - Turkey relationship

While the Turkish government has recalled its ambasssador to the United States in protest against the approval of a congressional bill on the 1915 mass killing of Armenians for full-house debate and resolution by the the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, the speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi also said that the bill would proceed. Like it or not, the stage is now set for further confrontations between the US Congress and the government of Turkey and the next big question is how would the US military respond should Turkey, a NATO ally of US, really send its own troops into northern Iraq to fight its own Kurdish rebels ?

US-Turkey relations continues to deteriorate


Blogger Monsterball said...

Turkey and the US have a long relationship that remains strong after going through many past challenges. Its one of the very few Muslim countries whose relationship with the US isn't overloaded with emotional baggage from the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Many Turks view this precisely as an Arab-Israeli conflict, not really involving Islam, and they don't definitely don't consider themselves Arabs.

It would be a real pity for this most important Middle-East alliance to be threatened by this episode.

What foreign countries also need to understand is that the US constitution clearly assigns authority and responsibility for foreign policy to the President. The House of Representative has a strictly limited role in foreign affairs. They have control over the Budget, but that's a very broad control. They can summon Administration officials to their committees for grilling, but they have no authority to give them policy orders.

This particular Congressional resolution, like many other Foreign policy resolutions in the past, has no authority to instruct the US President to do or not to do anything.

6:02 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

well said.

3:11 AM  

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