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October 28, 2003

Even Our Allies think Bush Inept

Given the ham-handed request for troops from Turkey, then the rejection of the troops after Turkey approved them, this is hardly unexpected.

But these comments have got to hurt:

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul charged that the United States had been inept in handling a request for Turkish troops to be sent to neighbouring Iraq (news - web sites) to help its forces there, Anatolia news agency reported.

"Of course, there is ineptitude here. First they came, very enthusiastic, and said 'please do not be late' and then they saw that there are many different issues. They have many hesitations themselves," Gul was quoted as telling reporters...

"The Americans do not know the region very well. They did not pay much attention to the advice given to them. If the officials who are currently administering Iraq had known the region better, things would be better today," Gul said.

Posted by Nathan at October 28, 2003 02:06 PM