In the last week or so, Congress has done two things. First, they called the head of Blackwater to answer some uncomfortable questions about the security company’s dealings in Iraq. Second, they worked on a resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide almost 100 years ago.
These two events might seem utterly unconnected, and they very well might be, but I notice a common thread between the two: both might have the consequence of making our efforts in Iraq more difficult.
Blackwater provides security for a lot of US personnel, taking on roles that would otherwise fall on active-duty military. If they were to leave Iraq, then a lot of troops would have to pick up the slack.
And Turkey is currently allowing us to use bases in their country to keep our troops in Iraq well supplied and backed. Further, the tensions between the Turks and the Kurds are running high right now, and it’s proving a bit of a challenge to keep that from flaring up into open hostilities.
Coincidence? Or part of a plan to make the situation in Iraq more difficult for our troops?
Quite frankly, I don’t think that the Democratic leadership is smart enough to pull all this together. But I won’t completely rule it out, either…