In fact, the difference was much less than 75 votes – it was three votes. A majority of those voting actually voted IN FAVOR of the presence of American military (264-250), which is one of the reasons initial reports indicated that the measure had passed. The measure didn’t pass because, under Turkey’s Constitution, it needed a majority vote of the members of Parliament present, and not just a majority of the voting members. There were 19 abstentions (as well as 17 members of Parliament who didn’t attend the vote).
Where do you think Kuwait is located?
This is ridiculous on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. First, as noted above, a majority of the Turkish Parliament voted in favor of allowing the US to use its territory to launch attacks. Mightn’t they be right?
Second, why in the world would the American people and government support war? Mightn’t they be right?
And even if Turkey is legitimately opposed to the US launching attacks against Iraq from their soil, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s wrong for the US.
[insert Clinton/Marc Rich and/or Bush/Big Oil joke here]
I think your characterization of Turkey as being “bought” is pretty disengenuous. The grants are undoubtedly a big part of their consideration for supporting war, but it’s not like the money is going to be funnelled into the politicians’ pockets. The money will support defensive armaments to guard against the likelihood of an Iraqi attack against Turkey proper; it will help with the Kurdish refugees sure to come spilling across the border once Hussein launches his promised missile attacks against the Kurds; it will shore up the economy which will take a hit due to the war in a neighboring country; and it’s going to help build infrastructure and shore up an economy affected by the current global economic funk.