June 16th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
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Lawmakers warn Turkey of payback over Iran, Israel policies

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Washington (CNN) - Supporters of Israel in the U.S. House warned Turkey on Wednesday they might support a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide that so far has failed to come up for a vote by the full chamber.

Turkey opposes the resolution that would bring formal U.S. recognition of the 1915-1923 campaign by Turkey's Ottoman Empire against the Armenian population of eastern Anatolia region as genocide.

The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a single vote in March, but so far has not come up for debate by the full House. Turkey called home its U.S. ambassador to protest the House committee vote.

However, House members who have been unwilling to support the resolution now say they might change their minds due to Turkey's pro-Iranian moves and support for the recent effort to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

"There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told a news conference. "It will bear upon my view and I believe the view of many members of Congress on the state of the relationship with Turkey."

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  1. Jeff in Virginia

    I didn't know that Mike Pence set our international policy, or had the authority to warn any foreign power.

    Undermining our country much, Republicans?

    June 16, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Common Sense Americans

    That's right people of Turkey , stand up to Israel and if the US doesn't like it then they can leave our country and not use our military bases..........the nerve of some people !

    June 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Tim

    Nobody cares what Republican Mike Pence thinks! He has no control over U.S. Policy!!! His party is the minority, and he has no more power than the other 434 Representatives.

    June 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Emerson

    Dear Rep. Mike Pence ( R-Indiana) and other like minded lawmakers – Please confine yourself to your Constitutionally proscribed duties of law making and stay out of foreign policy matters. If you feel that the resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide is worthy of being passed, why not act on it as a matter of morality rather than use it as a threat.

    June 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Waiting

    I live in Indiana. Pence is the next Hitler. You heard it here first folks. If you elect this fool in November...he will make George W. look like Mother Teresa! They all lie...and we believe. Sheep to the slaughter. When will it ever end? Never. The future is dismal...

    June 16, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. James

    Ah those Republicans, always ready to poke a friend (ally) in the eye with a sharp stick. Don't they know the handshake is stronger than the fist?

    June 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. greg the progressive

    Please please dont go sticking our nose deeper into the middle east, we can barely breathe as it is now

    June 16, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. haren

    Ya,
    Let us start another war in Mid East for Israel.
    Because our whole economy is depends on Armament,
    We need war every where so that we can sell our armament.
    Republican talk about spending cut, How about 50 billion from defence spending?
    We don't need to destroy this planet 1000 times.

    June 16, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    What a stupid STUPID threat to make to a nation that has been one of our biggest allies in that region for decades. Grow up. The response to Turkey seeming to side with Iran against Israel because of Israel's horrifyingly human-rights-abusive blockade is NOT "oh yeah, well let's see how you like us doing something that alienates you from us even more!" This is playground politics and the Republicans need to cut the sh-t.

    June 16, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Lets use threats again because that has worked out so well for us in the past. I guess old geezers never learn.

    June 16, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. joe smith

    one wonders what the Native Americans must think, when they read such stories..no one should be more embarressed by the fate of our Native Americans, but us..let the Israelizes, the Turks, the Iranians stew in their own juices, and keep the he.. out of it..

    June 16, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Kate

    With these U.S. threats Turkey would be crazy not to respond by notifying the U.S. to withdraw immediately all military forces and rescind any flyover, refueling, and restaging concessions to U.S. military operations.

    Israel was created by the U.S. at the end of WWII through taking arab lands and displacing the people who lived there. Every year since then, U.S. taxpayers give Israel billions of dollars every year. Israel has no ability (zip, zilch, nada, none) to support itself. In return, Israel spies on our congressmen in order to dig dirt (sexual affairs, etc.) that can be used to influence votes that benefit Israel. There is also credible evidence that the CIA has used Israeli agents to assasinate U.S. civilians and military functioning as informal CIA agents (eg. Iran-Contra, importing cocaine from Columbia to finance black ops).

    The largest lobby operating in Washington DC is Israeli and is paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

    This demonstrates the level of corruption within the U.S. government that promotes personal interests of the congressmen and agencies over those of the American people.

    June 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    The Turks committed genocide. Pass the resolution. Its time they own up to it. IF that upsets them, then they need to grow up. The don't like what the US Congress does, they can all pack up and go home. And that includes at least one chairman of a political science department. Go home Birol, your kind were war criminals.

    June 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. 1915-1923

    goodness, seems like a long time ago

    June 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    The Republicans won't be satisfied until every nation critical of Israel is our enemy too.

    June 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Dano

    Now that's some smart politics Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana. Let's totally alienate yet another Middle Eastern nation, one that's so far kept their government non-Islamic, over it's opposition to harsh Israeli anti-Palistinean policies.

    June 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. PJ

    That is unfair and paramount to blackmail. One issue has nothing to do with the other. While I do support Israel, Turkey has its rights too and should not be blackmailed in such a way.

    June 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Bob (Illinois)

    Pence needs to learn when it is appropriate to keep his mouth shut. Once again, he is just making more noise.

    June 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. KateHikes

    Yet another demonstration of how the eternal jew has hijacked our foreign policy. In a sane world, we would be backing Turkey in its outrage over the illegal actions of that bandit regime occupying Palestine. These Congressional Shabbos goys are reprehensible.

    June 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Unfortunately, Rep. Pence, it will probably increased secure support for Turkey from the anti-Semitic far left Democrats and their Islamo-fascist terrorist loving president.

    June 16, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Truth is victim

    So was there a genocide or not? You mean that the answer depends on whether someone sides with Israel or not.
    What an odd threat.
    Thanks for spelling it out for us.

    June 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Dave

    This is a joke. Israeli leaders are a joke. They, and their Mossad have been owning us for years.

    June 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Remember the Alamo

    Way to go Obama lawmakers. Go ahead lose us another allie. We need the air space Turkey has always offered us in our endeavors in the middle east. OBAMA IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY CLOSING ALL THESE AVENUES. and his supporters are so dumb they still do not realize what the man is doing.

    June 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    What must be done, is to recognize that Turkey is moving towards becoming an Islamic militant state, in the shadow of Iran.

    June 16, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Marlene

    GOP resolution for support or oposition for Turkey's Armenian genocide rests on Turkey's support of Israel? Talk about school yard bully – you must do this for me or I will do this to you. What a terrible way for an elected representative of Congress to act. Rep. Pence, please grow up and act in a responsible manner. No wonder we have trouble gaining the respect of other countries. Carry a big stick, and whack whoever you want – doesn't sit well in the 21st century.

    June 16, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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