diplomatic dividends prove headaches for bush
In another major setback for the Bush Administration's claims that its march to war enjoys insternational support, the government of Turkey--far from reconsidering its recent rebuff of US efforts to base troops there--is now adding additional conditions and denying US overflight rights without Parliamentary approval.
This event comes as even the Bush Administration seems to acknowledge that it can't muster the votes for a symbolically important majority vote in the UNSC. Hardly surprising, of course, considering a recent string og high-profile diplomatic blunders from Donald Rumsfeld's implication that the US would not even need the British to launch a war to Bush's own veiled threats to Mexico.
It's seeming more and more like a major subtext for the Bush Administration's unwavering focus on war is its profound inability to achieve American aims diplomatically. When you get right down to it, though, the hawks's stance seems to be that any amount of damage to the reputation and goodwill the US enjoys internationally is acceptable because of the presumed boost in domestic popularity Bush will gain from going to war.
(via Daily Kos)