US and Turkey...no agreement yet

  1. US war plans have hit a big snag. With a possible invasion just weeks away, no agreement has been reached about the amount of economic aid the US will give Turkey for use of bases to deploy about 40,000 troops for a northern front. Over the last several weeks the US has increased the aid offer and decreased the troop number but Turkey's Parliment still has no plans to vote on any measure.

    Meanwhile US navy ships are moving into the region and may to be have to be redirected south through the Suez Canal to join the main invasion force. Faced with huge and growing budget deficits BushII is under pressure to limit the amount of aid, which must be authorized by Congress. So far BushII has offered $6billion in direct grants and $20billion in loans, for a total of $26billion. Last month Congress was told no more than $14billion would be offered. Turkey now wants a $30billion package of assistance for its help.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   sbic56
    $30 billion!! No doubt, they'll get it, too. Another example of the great world support we have in this "showdown with Iraq". The pricetag on allies in this one is bound to be astronomical.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    And people wonder why this country has no money to bail out the states, fix Medicare and Medicaid, educate our children, and keep our elderly safe and well cared for.
  5. by   sbic56
    mjlrn97

    I, too, would love to see our $billions$ spent here at home. Instead it may be that our rising gas and oil prices are helping fill the bank, so Bush can "talk Turkey." Ya think?

    Just for compare and contrast purposes: It has been estimated that the insurers paid out 40.2 billion on all claims filed for 9/11.
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    Turkey wants the money to compensate to damage to their country and their economy from a possible war. That sounds fair to me, especially as public opinion in that country is against the war. In the meantime, our government continues to display their usual diplomatic tact by demanding that Turkey give an answer "now", with Bush warning Turkey that they are running out of time. That type of attitude really doesn't sit well with people. I agree that some of that money that we are paying out "allies" to "support us" could be better spent at home.
  7. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by SharonMH31
    Turkey wants the money to compensate to damage to their country and their economy from a possible war. That sounds fair to me, especially as public opinion in that country is against the war. In the meantime, our government continues to display their usual diplomatic tact by demanding that Turkey give an answer "now", with Bush warning Turkey that they are running out of time. That type of attitude really doesn't sit well with people. I agree that some of that money that we are paying out "allies" to "support us" could be better spent at home.

    Bush is always threatening that someone is running out of time. Our only saving grace is that HE runs out of time first. Come on 2004!!
  8. by   Gomer
    Originally posted by sbic56
    Bush is always threatening that someone is running out of time. Our only saving grace is that HE runs out of time first. Come on 2004!!


    BRAVO!!!!!
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by sbic56
    Bush is always threatening that someone is running out of time. Our only saving grace is that HE runs out of time first. Come on 2004!!

    Amen! 2004 cannot come soon enough!

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