This is what I said last Thursday:
Perhaps that is exactly why they are picking this time to push this bill, because Turkey is a key ally to us in our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Having failed in all their attempts to force defeat upon our troops, especially now that good news is coming from Iraq on a weekly basis, is this just another attempt to anger an ally of ours and to harm our relations with Turkey as well as our efforts in Iraq?
Condemning genocide is important, but condemning something that happened almost a century ago, when the risk of doing so is to endanger our National Security interests as well as our troops lives, leads me to believe that the timing is too coincidental and that there is ulterior motive for going ahead with it at this time.
Today I see that Jed Babbin has an analytical piece out making those same points.
Congressional Democrats anxious to force a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq are frustrated by their inability to muster a veto-proof majority for legislation that would establish a firm date for retreat. But what they cannot do directly they are now working hard to do indirectly.
I ended my piece last Thursday with this:
Subtlety has never been Pelosi's strong suit and if she thinks people cannot see right through her antics with the timing of this...she is wrong.
She is wrong, we do see through her pathetic attempts to harm our relationship with an ally, in a time of war which would endanger our National Security interests as well as endanger our troops lives.
Make no mistake, she is willing to endanger those lives for no other reason than to try to turn our progress and success around in Iraq.
She is actively doing everything in her power to harm our efforts in a time of war.
Red State sees it with their piece today "Nancy Pelosi's Backdoor Effort To Kill The War May Just Get More Troops Killed".
Jane Harmon, the original co-sponsor of this bill understands and has requested the bill be withdrawn saying:
I originally co-sponsored the resolution because I was convinced that the terrible crime against the Armenian people should be recognized and condemned. But after a visit in February to Turkey, where I met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Armenian Orthodox patriarch and colleagues of murdered Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, I became convinced that passing this resolution again at this time would isolate and embarrass a courageous and moderate Islamic government in perhaps the most volatile region in the world.
So I agree with eight former secretaries of State -- including Los Angeles' own Warren Christopher -- who said that passing the resolution "could endanger our national security interests in the region, including our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and damage efforts to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia."
Nancy Pelosi understand this, she is neither blind not deaf and to continue to try to push a bill that she knows will harm our National Security interests as well as our troops that depend on Turkey, is a political move and is one of the reasons Democrats have been known as being weak on National Security for so many years.
Seventy percent (70%) of American air cargo and a third of the fuel the U.S. uses in neighboring Iraq passes through the its air base in Incirlik in southern Turkey. Prior to the bill's passage, Turkish politicians had warned of possible retaliation by blocking the use of Incirlik.
Nancy Pelosi is proving without a doubt that political games, in her mind, trumps our troops and our Security.