U.S. ‘strongly opposes’ Iraqi Kurdish independence vote: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States “strongly opposes” the planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds and urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to engage in negotiations with the Baghdad government instead, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

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  • The Butterfly

    It’s far beyond time to completely shut down the State Department.

    • Alain

      The whole place needs to be purged from top to bottom and start over from scratch.

  • ntt1

    an independent Kurdistan would tend to destabilize the entire area .Turkey is already battling in northern turkey with its Kurdish separatists and an independent northern Syrian Kurdistan would probably start a separatist movement in northern Iraq too,if it doesn’t exist already,
    The State department could not care less about justice or correcting ancient foolishness started by gin soaked colonial administrators centuries ago.
    Wouldn’t it be nice to see the State department actually choose the right side for once? but it does not look good.

    • Alain

      As long as Islam exists in the area it will always be “destabilised”. An independent Kurdistan could not maake it any worse; in fact it could actually improve the situation.

      • ntt1

        it will annoy the turks ,not that that really matters and it would certainly get the mullahs hopping mad, and it would recognize the traditional borders the colonial powers were too stupid to respect.
        as i say once again the state department has come down on the wrong historical side for short term political gain.

        • caliroxanne

          The funny thing is that there’s not even any short-term political gain, Tillerson just doesn’t want his Arab buddies.

      • caliroxanne

        Well, Tillerson and McMaster wouldn’t want to upset their OIC and Arab League masters.

  • Ego

    Good politics are based on principles, even if adhering to them can be disadvantageous temporarily—in the longer term, principled behavior pays and builds trust.
    Unprincipled politics may bring temporary advantages, but breeds lies and corruption, and may prove fatal in the longer term.
    Whatever the reasons of the State Department for being against Kurdish independence, the Kurds are a real people with a real past (including a genocide attempt perpetrated on them in 1988) and recognizing their right to a state of their own would be the right thing, especially as the US is still trying to force Israel to give in to “Palestinians,” an invented people.

  • RottyLover

    Looks like Trump isn’t so good at hiring people after all.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      He is having the same problem choosing his aides that Lincoln had in finding the best generals. It took three years before he put Grant and Sherman in charge and that helped mightily win the Civil War.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Americans have a long history of doing the right thing only after every conceivable alternative has been tried.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’d like to see a national self determination movement that the US State Department DIDN’T have a strong anti western warning about