The Turkey Mess

Even in Turkey, all politics are local. In a major blow to U.S. war planning, a raft of first-term lawmakers broke ranks with their party last weekend to block approval of the deployment of 62,000 U.S. troops to the northern front of a potential war with Iraq. After months of negotiations between the two governments, the vote dealt a serious blow to the Turkish government's efforts to strike a deal with the U.S. "This is a definitive parliamentary decision," Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., Faruk Logoglu, told TIME Saturday. "It's very serious."

For the U.S. the vote could mean a delay...

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