Assembling the Coalition of the Willing

loupaulsen at loupaulsen at
Tue Feb 18 12:13:21 MST 2003

Assembling a coalition of the willing is like making sausage, you don't want
to look too closely at it.  From Reuters:

U.S. Warns Turkey Against Blocking Iraq Plans

ANKARA, Turkey/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. preparations for war with Iraq
suffered a new setback Tuesday when Turkey dug in its heels in negotiations
over its role as a launch pad for an invasion.

Washington, embroiled in a broader diplomatic battle at the United Nations
over its war plans, indicated it had issued Ankara with an ultimatum and would
do without it if necessary.

The White House also said it might propose a new U.N. resolution this week or
next to try to break a deadlock at the Security Council over its stance that
Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction and may need to be disarmed by
force soon.

Washington has said it was prepared to go ahead with military action without a
resolution, but would rather have one. Close ally Saudi Arabia warned it that
bypassing the United Nations would make military action look like a "war of
aggression.  [DUH]


White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the standoff with Turkey, which is
demanding twice the $26 billion in economic aid offered by Washington to
cushion its economy from the effects of a war, would end "one way or another
rather soon."

"We continue to work with Turkey as a friend. But it is decision time,"
Fleischer said in Washington.

Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis said his government would ask parliament
to open military facilities to U.S. soldiers only when Washington met Turkish

"When conditions are fulfilled we are prepared to present it in the shortest
possible time," Yakis told reporters.;jsessionid=4IEBUDT2KR5VGCRBAEZSFFA?

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