American Samizdat

Friday, January 12, 2007. *
ANKARA, Jan 11 (KUNA) -- U.S. F-16 jet-fighters arrived Thursday in Incirlik Air base in southern Turkish city of Adana after, the first time in three years.

According to Local Cihan News Agency, at least 16 F-16 jets joined by early warning system AWACS airplane, as well as tanker airplanes landed here at Incirlik coming from an American base in Germany.

An official at the U.S. embassy in Ankara announced that the planes arrived here for purpose of conducting exercises with the Turkish military in line with agreements between the two states.

Incirlik base was used as a northern recon base for American forces during the Iraqi war in 2003 and since then the base served as a logistic backup for the U.S. army.

Namik Tan, spokesman for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also confirmed that the U.S. planes arrived for exercises' purposes.

Has anyone noted that they have to go against Sadr militia before attacking Iran to try to at least disperse them to try & prevent them from cutting supply lines & perhaps overrunning Green Zone when xUS bomb Iran. If they go after them, they have to dump Maliki, aka stage a coup, since he depends on said militia.

Ummmm Interesting. I'm a military illiterate & I could figure this out, why aren't others discussing it? Everyone's spouting crap about how the Bush policy doesn't make sense, blah blah... I haven't read anyone lay out clearly what his policy is...
However I beleieve, the road to Tehran begins in Sadr City.


Well, perhaps I spoke to soon:

Flynt Leverett, former CIA and Bush administration NSA council member, comments on the speech at the Washinton Note He agrees that the most important parts of the speech are about Iran, not Iraq, and explains why. He concludes:
In sum, the administration is laying the rhetorical and operational foundations for implementing a presidential decision to initiate military operations against Iran. No wonder the White House wants Hillary* and me to shut up.

(*Hillary is Hillary Mann Leverett, a former State Department official who also served on President George W. Bush's National Security Council staff. She is married to Flynt Leverett)
posted by Uncle $cam at 8:08 AM
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