Turkey is demanding $15 billion to let the us use it’s bases in a war with Iraq, a country where some polls show that 94% of the people in Turkey are opposed to this war. The U.S. counter-offer is $6 billion. Meanwhile, our public services such as fire departments, public schools, transportation, arts endowments, and welfare are all grossly under-funded.
We are giving billions of dollars to a country that doesn’t want it, and shortchanging our own people in the process. This is completely moronic. I think that money could be better spent elsewhere.