Helicopter Diplomacy

To Sell or Not to Sell, or Can Turkey Be Trusted?

A lobbying battle royal is shaping up in Washington over what could be one of the decade's biggest overseas contracts for a U.S. defense firm. Bell Helicopter Textron is negotiating the final details of a $4 billion deal to sell 145 King Cobra attack choppers to Turkey. The Clinton Administration and Congress must approve the sale. Human-rights groups plus Greek and Armenian lobbies are mobilizing against it. Turkey has a human-rights record that remains "among the worst in the world," says Representative JOHN PORTER, an Illinois Republican, and has used U.S. weapons to attack Kurds in the southeast. To help the...

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