Washington, D.C., August 1, 2007: “On Monday, July 30, I posted a story dealing with Bush’s new plan to reequip U.S. Counterinsurgency forces, now in Iraq, for specific use in the United States and to conceal these actions by claiming, falsely, that the troops were going to be used to ‘assist the Turkish forces’ in controlling cross-border incursions by Kurdish militants into Turkey. We said, specifically, that these troops were not designed to cooperate with Turkey but to be armed and equipped to deal with anticipated ‘civil disobedience’ in the United States under the guise of protecting the country against “al Quaeda terrorist attacks” which Bush knows all about, being privy to them. We said, specifically, that the public should watch for propaganda press releases concerning this. The very next day, the following story appeared on Reuters:”
Reuters – July 31, 2007
Washington…The Pentagon said on Monday it is working with Turkey to resolve a serious problem posed by the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party, but declined comment on a media report of secret plans to stop terrorist violence.
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the US State Department lists as a terrorist organization, has escalated attacks on soldiers and civilians in Turkey in recent months, prompting Turkish calls for a cross-border operation against terrorists based in northern Iraq.
“We recognize that the PKK is a serious problem and we’re working closely with both the government of Iraq and the government of Turkey to resolve this,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.
But he declined to comment on a US report on Monday that said the Pentagon briefed Congress last week on secret plans for a joint US-Turkish military operation to suppress the terrorist movement and capture its leaders.
The PKK, which consists mainly of Turkish Kurds, launched a separatist campaign in 1984. The Turkish government blames PKK violence for more than 30,000 deaths.
Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak said on Monday that US officials plan a US-Turkish operation that if successful would avert a Turkish invasion of Iraq.
Up to now, the Bush administration has focused on diplomacy to ease tensions along the border between Turkey and Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region. The US Treasury Department has also targeted PKK funds flowing through Europe.
But US efforts to stop Kurdish militants in Iraq from attacking Turkey have been meager and unsuccessful, increasing the chances of a retaliatory strike by Ankara, US officials and analysts have warned.
“And further, we see here a well-known presenter of official views holding forth on the identical subject.
Now we can fully expect to watch long pseudo-news concoctions on Murdoch’s discredited FOX News on the same subject, replete with camouflage-uniform general officers mixed in with grave Republican legislators and even Bush himself adding his feather-weight mumblings to the swelling propaganda chorus.”
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