March 20, 2003

Reticent Ankara The U.S.-Turkish relationship

Reticent Ankara

The U.S.-Turkish relationship continues to detiorate:

"Today's developments caused an immediate plunge in stocks here. They also represented a setback for American military planning and reflected a serious strain in relations between Turkey and the United States, longtime allies and NATO partners."These two countries are strong partners," said a senior Turkish government official. But, the official added: "If you said there would be no impact on our relationship, that's unrealistic. There is going to be a sort of mark, especially on the American side. They are more upset than we are."

Clearly, the amount of influence Turkey will have in a post-Saddam Iraq continues to diminish from Washington's perspective. The question is, will it diminish so much that Ankara will feel compelled to protect its own interests by force in contravention of U.S. policy objectives?

UPDATE: Airspace transit (with limitations) approved.

Posted by Gregory at March 20, 2003 03:52 PM
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