March 27, 2003
Am I Too Cynical?

Two of the Chicago Boyz (first two posts today) are disputing why Turkey did not allow the U.S. to open a northern front in the War on Iraq. Here is a hypothesis I haven't seen mentioned anywhere:

As I recall, the Turkish Parliament decided the issue by only nine votes. Given how much money Saddam Hussein has to spare for weapons and the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, I wonder if he's been spending any north of the border. It might be worth checking to see if any of the Turkish representatives who voted 'no' have since bought much nicer cars or second homes. I don't mean to imply that Turkish politicians are any more corrupt than those of other countries. I figure someone as wealthy and desperate as Saddam could buy nine or nineteen votes in most legislatures in the world, and I don't necessarily assume that the U.S. Congress is not one of them.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 27, 2003 08:47 PM