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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Plausible Deniability At Work

American commanders in Iraq claim that Turkey did not notify them of the airstrikes until the attacks were under way.

Yeah. Tell me another one. The US has air supremacy over Iraq. The idea that the Turks could sneak in and conduct a bombing raid with a number of airplanes without being detected is beyond fanciful. The Turks would notify American commanders in advance if only to prevent the possibility of an accidental dogfight.


Lurch said...

Speaking of plausible deniability, there was something about the page formatting that troubled me.

In "The Good, the bad and the ugly" Eli Wallach's character ids named Tuco. not Duco.

Among other things, the Italy of 1966 would have never licensed a film with a name like that.

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

You're right about the first. I hadn't bothered to verify it.

As to the second, don't know.

BadTux said...

I'm sure Turkey notified the U.S. that they were doing the airstrike. 5 minutes after their jet fighters were off the ground on on their way towards the border to do the airstrike.

Turkey and the U.S. are barely on talking terms nowdays, despite the fact that for historical reasons Turkey and the U.S. have long been on very good terms -- the U.S. basically is responsible for Turkey existing as a nation (the European nations were not satisfied with merely taking away their empire, they wanted to dismantle the core Turkish nation too at the end of WWI and in fact the Turkish capital is at Ankara rather than Istanbul is because Istanbul was occupied by the British at the time that Ataturk declared his new Turkish state, Ankara at the time was a sleepy village that had only the advantage of being easily defendable against the French and British armies, tired armies without support because the Americans told them "you're on your own there, buds, have fun fighting the guy who kicked your butts at Gallipoli!"). Anyhow, when Ataturk brought his people to the table to work out the treaty that maintained the territorial integrity of the modern Turkish state, it was the U.S. that let them in the door, and as a result there has always been reasonably friendly relationships between the U.S. and the modern Turkish state. But that was before the U.S. came in and created a de-facto Kurdistan on their southern border that is causing lots of unrest and terrorism within Turkey. I have no trouble believing that Turkey basically presented the airstrike as a fait accompli while it was already underway, rather than notifying the U.S. in advance of the jets leaving the ground.