On Friday, the parliament of Turkey agreed that US troops would be able to use its bases in case of war with Iraq. As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey then formally asked the alliance for military support in case of an Iraqi counter-attack. Today, the same countries that delivered support for the US after September 11 vetoed America-s plans for protecting Turkey. We hear details of the historic division within NATO and discuss the future of the alliance that has been basic to order in Europe since World War II with journalists from Belgium, Germany, and Turkey, a former Defense Department official, and a national security expert who-s just returned from the Munich Security Conference. (This segment is an abbreviated version of one broadcast earlier today on To the Point
- Making News: Impact of War on California-s Gas Prices
California depends on foreign petroleum producers for about one-third of its oil, and Iraq is its biggest single source of foreign oil. So would war with Iraq could have a serious impact on California-s gas prices. Philip Verleger of the Council on Foreign Relations calls California particularly vulnerable to regional disruptions in oil.
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