Iraq Disintegrates
How Turkey Could Drag NATO and the US into Iraq
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  • Arkeygeezer

    It would be wonderful if NATO were truly a united alliance. However, it is not. NATO depends on the U.S. to provide the military force to enforce its aims. We ain’t gonna do it!

    • Pete

      “The White House probably hopes Turkey keeps NATO out of this. The mess in Iraq is already complicated enough.”

      Never mind hoping. The White House should simply tell the Turks to keep NATO (i.e., the U.S.) out of their mess.

  • Maynerd

    Erdogan’s Turkey is no friend of the US. Let him stew.

    • Jacksonian_Libertarian

      Payback’s a B_tch Erdogan, this isn’t an attack on Turkey any more than Iran’s taking of Americans and holding them for 444 days was in 1979. Turkey could have played a part in the American overthrow of Saddam and chose to block US forces. Now it reaps what it sowed.

  • Corlyss

    Not this president. No way. Doofus’ response will be “We’ll give you AWACs and materiel but it will be up to you to provide troops.” So the end result will be the collapse of the empty shell that NATO has been since 1989.

    • rheddles

      And that’s a problem because?

      • Corlyss

        It will generate an avalanche of tiresome academic articles lamenting that what has been obvious for decades cannot be ignored any longer.

        • rheddles

          That’s inevitable regardless of what course of action is pursued.

  • gabrielsyme

    If Article 5 is used to respond to attacks on diplomatic institutions, we will see a substantial weakening of NATO. Many NATO countries simply would be unwilling to recognise such an interpretation, turning the response to Article 5 triggers into a matter of political will rather than treaty obligation.

  • NRT71

    Article 5 applies only to attacks on the home soil of member states, not attacks against their citizens or interests overseas. Turkey could use Article 4 to consult on the issue at Nato, but it wouldn’t oblige member states to come to its defence.

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