Iraq’s esident, Jalal Talabani assured the world that Kurdish rebels were ready to end fighting in Turkey. “The PKK has decided to declare a ceasefire from their side tonight.” The United States has been urging the Iraq government to exert pressure on Kurdish rebels in order to end their incursions into Turkey. However, the Iraq government believes the problem of security within Iraq rests upon the shoulders of the U.S. military, not Iraq forces. A leading figure in Iraq’s defense ministry, Abdel Qader al-Obeidi, pointed out Iraq’s military was strained to the utmost and there simply were not enough troops available to handle Kurdish rebels in the north. He argued the United States military must take on that role and responsibility. In the meantime, the United States has been urging restraint on Turkey. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Vecdi Gonul of Turkey’s defense ministry, “that lacking actionable intelligence for them to send a large force across the border without any specific targets was likely to lead to a lot of collateral damage.”
One can only wonder where was Robert Gates in 2003 when Bush sent an army into Iraq to find WMD without any specific evidence of their existence, let alone where they were located. The rest of the world is smiling today as President George Bush urges restraint before attacking across borders. It is unfortunate 2007 Bush was not present when 2003 Bush plunged America into the wrong war at the wrong time for the wrong reason.