Uh Oh


Replace “Totem Pole” with “Iraqi Freedom,” and that’s about right.

So.Turkey has invaded Iraq. Turkish TV reports that just under a whole division (10,000 troops) has crossed into northern Iraq. Can shit get any more fucked up there?

Also, for the record, this is the kind of understatement the British are famous for:

A senior U.S. State Department official said the land incursion was “not the greatest news.”

Ya think? I’m guessing the Brits might get mad at our State Department for horning in on their massive understatement action.

Say it with me: “No one could have anticipated the Turkish invasion of northern Iraq.”

All we need now is a First Draft pool for time until some Bush official makes the previous statement. I’m gonna go with the Press Secretary in today’s press briefing. Your thoughts?

5 thoughts on “Uh Oh

  1. dr2chase says:

    Inconceivable!
    Damn, I wish that sounded funny.
    My son, now 14, proposed that perhaps the Kurdish portion of Iraq and Turkey should merge, with the quid-pro-quo being the Turks get a pile of oil and territory, and the Kurds get a guarantee of rights and a federated state-like autonomy within Turkey. The Kurds get some autonomy.
    This, of course, is what comes of playing too much Civilization — don’t like your borders, just fiddle with them, how hard can it be?

  2. dr2chase says:

    Inconceivable!
    Damn, I wish that sounded funny.
    My son, now 14, proposed that perhaps the Kurdish portion of Iraq and Turkey should merge, with the quid-pro-quo being the Turks get a pile of oil and territory, and the Kurds get a guarantee of rights and a federated state-like autonomy within Turkey. The Kurds get some autonomy.
    This, of course, is what comes of playing too much Civilization — don’t like your borders, just fiddle with them, how hard can it be?

  3. MapleStreet says:

    I think your son has one of the more workable ideas I’ve heard. The kurds are distinct from the Iraqi Shia and Sunni and have gotten so many raw deals from Iraq, maybe they should give the Turks a try. Only problem is that the Shia and Sunni don’t give the kurds the time of day, but the Texas Tea under their soil is another matter.
    As for the office pool, I want the earliest possible slot. Knowing our admin, they’ve probably already said it.
    When Isaac Newton sat under an apple tree and an apple fell, rather than inventing gravity, Newton replied, “No one could have seen that coming.”

  4. mothra says:

    WTF? Why have I not heard about this on the news? Anyone?
    Sadly, dr2chase, your son’s idea won’t work because the Turks hate the Kurds and vice versa. The Kurds want to have their own autonomous region over there and neither the Iraqis nor the Turks want that because of the oil. And the Kurds seem to have their shit more together than the Iraqis.
    We won’t hear Dana Perino saying “no one expected this.” She’s busy trying to figure out how the Turks got into Iraq, since Turkey is part of Europe.

  5. pansypoo says:

    no no no. we just need to create kurdistan. take the turkish kurd area, just to make it messier ala kashmir.
    that way we can sell them arms. so all good, eh?
    and inconceivable is funny because of the princess bride. it’s implanted in the brain.

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