8A—Saturday, August 16, 1975
'DONT BLUDGEON A TURK'
U.S. Will Need Time to Restore
Good Relationships with Turkey
By PAUL MILLER
Will the United States ever get itself diplomatically squared away with
Turkey, following the vote in Congress against further arms shipments?
Probably yes, one way or another. But it will take time.
"There have been monumental miscalculations on both sides," says an
American diplomatic source quoted in
the Wall Street Journal, "and it is hard to
imagine how this can end gracefully."
Now, with the Turks having takes
over American bases on Turkish soil and
with Congress in recess, happier past
relationships are recalled by interested
observers on both sides — particularly
the contribution of the Turks to the
United Nations forces under U.S.
Command in the Korean war.
"You just don't bludgeon a Turk,"
said Harmon E. Kirby of the State
Department, and this recalled an
experience recounted by Gen. Joseph
Lawton Collins, Chief of Staff of the
United States Army at Washington, 1949-1953.
Gen. "Joe" Collins returned from a Korean tour and had breakfast with
several newsmen at Washington. I recall one incident in particular that Gen.
Collins described — and it fully supports the comment that "You just don't bludgeon a Turk,"
In a hospital visit near Seoul, Gen. Collins paused at the bedside of a badly
shot up Turkish soldier. Said Collins:
"He told me he would be all right and he wasn't looking forward to going home.
No. That Turk was looking forward to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower pats Gen. Joseph Lawton Collins on the shoulder
during an informal decoration ceremony during World War II.
getting back into battle. He picked up a long needle on a bedside stand, plunged it
clear through the palm of his hand, pulled it out on the other side, and
muttered with a grin: 'Me tough. Me Turk.' "
Golf, like politics, can make strange
bedfellows. Yet not so strange, at that, in
the case of former Vice President Spiro
T. Agnew and golfer Doug Sanders, who
have applied for a new franchise for
Coors beer in Houston, Texas.
They already were half fellows—well,
anyway, golf-fellows , an acquaintanceship which was marked
(sic) when Agnew, during a tournament
at Palm Springs, hit Sanders in the head with a golf ball.
The then Vice President was so impressed by the poise and restraint of
Doug Sanders that he voiced his admiration as he told how it happened.
An earlier errant Agnew shot had landed on a patch of hard ground, but his
caddy, net noting, handed Agnew a wood
instead erf an iron which might have produced a better result. Agnew said the
caddy moved away after handing him
the club, and Agnew hated to cause
additional bother by calling him back,
with a crowd cm hand and all. So, Agnew
let go with the wood, the ball took off at
low level angle and all concerned were
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thankful that Doug Sanders was not seriously hurt. Instead, so Agnew's story
went, Sanders quietly put a handkerchief to the abrasion on the side of his head,
assured the alarmed Agnew that he was OK — and continued play.
Note: As to that application for a Coors beer franchise in Houston, a Coors
spokesman said, "several stacks" of
letters had been received, protesting an
Agnew distributorship. Said the
spokesman, "I haven't found any pros
yet. They're mostly very negative."
It may take another crisis, real or imagined, to get us back on the track of
the energy self-sufficiency (Project Independence?) widely considered a
national must only a year or so ago?
It is yet to be established as a national
goal on the order of the effort that put a
man on the moon. Yet it is erf equal if not
greater importance to protect the
economies and security of the United States and its allies.
Gannett News Service writer, Peter Behr, summed it up from Washington in
"Legislation putting the nation on year-round daylight saving is being
scrapped as a bad idea. The 55 mph speed
limit is ignored on many superhighways.
Experts see some evidence of greater
public interest in energy conservation —
the gradual shift to smaller autos, for
example. But on the major policy issues,
President Ford and the Democratic
Congress remain deadlocked."
Could be that only a program of
dramatic appeal can engender the
interest and enthusiasm needed.
Whatever it is, no one has come up with it
yet Yet nothing — again — deserves higher priority.
If you hadn't known that presidential
politics is warming up early, you could
realize it as you perused your newspaper.
On Page 1, it was Sen. Henry Jackson,
Washington Democrat. On Page 3, it was
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith.
"Scoop" Jackson said President
Ford's expected veto of oil price-control
legislation will cost ail of us, and he added:
"Maybe the President and his friends can afford it, but the people I know cannot."
John Kenneth Galbraith, after a visit with Massachusetts Democrat
Governor, Michael Dukakis, said the state of the economy must be attributed to the Republicans.
Galbraith is funny, as millions appreciate from his television debates
with Conservative Bill Buckley, and maybe he was grinning when he spoke
with reporters at Boston. But Senator Jackson, although he has many other
good qualities, isn't noted for humor;
poor-mouthing the "President and his friends" was political corn.
Ameliorating thought: Senator Jackson's was only an off-hand remark
and perhaps John Galbraith's was too.
NOTE: Pollster Lou Harris believes
the American voter is less influenced
today by exaggerated claims and
charges — no matter by what party or candidate uttered.
Fear of Flying
For those still concerned about flying,
and a surprising number are, a compilation of 1974 U.S. accident
fatalities — as obtained and printed by
Harper's—may be of special interest. It follows:
Railroad Grade Crossings
Rail Rapid Transit
U.S. Air Carriers
Total Transportation Fatalaties
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