We have witnessed with great sorrow Senator Barack Obama's selection of Senator Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential running mate. Joe Biden has a clear bias against Turkey and Turkish people as proven by his actions in the past.
As a U.S senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Biden has given support to all Armenian "genocide" claims since his work with Senator Bob Dole to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.J.Res.212) in 1990. He co-sponsored the 2003 resolution that commemorated the 15th anniversary of the USA genocide act that falsely cited Armenian "genocide" as an example of past genocides. Senator Biden was one of the senators who urged President Bush in April, 2006 to use the word genocide in his Armenian "Genocide" proclamations, and was a joint sponsor of the Senate Armenian Genocide resolution proposals No. 329 in 2006 and No 106 in 2007. Senator Biden was the originator of the March 2007 Senate Resolution No. 65 that falsely claimed that the tragic murder of Armenian Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink was brought about because he had spoken out on alleged Armenian genocide.
Senator Biden was also the architect of the U.S. arms embargo against Turkey after the 1974 Turkish intervention in Cyprus to protect Turkish Cypriots from the joint Greek Cypriot - Mainland Junta armed campaign of extermination. He has continuously insulted Turks. During a press conference on Cyprus in 2000, he stated that "Turks have such a thick skin that one can never adequately insult them."
Early during the Iraq war, when ethnic violence was intense, Senator Biden called for the partition of Iraq into three autonomous regions under a loose federation, which is diametrically opposite to the Turkish and USA Government's positions. We also know that Senator Biden is cooperating with the Oldaker, Biden & Belair, a D.C. lobbying company hired by the Kurdish administration of Iraq.
Equally, Senator Obama is a supporter of Armenian "genocide" claims, as evidenced by his own declarations, by presentations made by his ex-campaign adviser Samantha Powers on the ANCA website, and by his remarks made during Senate confirmation hearings in 2007 of U.S. Ambassador Designate to Armenia Richard Hoagland.
At the same time, we believe the Republican Presidential candidate Senator McCain is far more respectful of Turks and the Turkish Government. He has refused to endorse Armenian Genocide claims, and appreciates the strategic relationship between Turkey and the U.S.
With all the evidence in hand, TurkishPAC does not believe that we will be able to change the anti-Turkish positions of Senators Obama and Biden. If elected, their actions are expected to result in further deterioration of the already-fragile friendship and cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. Turkey is a very important U.S. ally whose importance has increased even more with our presence in Iraq and the increasing Russian aggression in the Caucasus.
TurkishPAC Board of Directors, therefore, has decided not to support the Obama-Biden ticket in the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections. We will, however, continue providing support to other local and national candidates from both parties that favor Turkish positions.
TurkishPAC Board of Directors