Coalition Building or Coalition Buying?

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Turkey-s refusal to base American troops has raised questions about the Bush Administration-s strategy for recruiting allies. The US was offering $30 billion but Turkey-s parliament said -no- to American troops on their way to Iraq. The leaders of Spain, Mexico, Chile and other UN Security Council members are looking at carrots for going along with the US and at sticks if they don-t. When their citizens are opposed to America-s war in Iraq, their price goes up. But disappointing the super power can be very expensive, too. We look at the immediate cost of assembling the -coalition of the willing- and its long-term consequences with a former envoy for the US State Department, and economic and foreign policy experts from the American Enterprise Institute, World Policy Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Warren Olney