Is it not interesting that our leftist opponents believe that we need to work with our allies, to not offend them, to be coöperative and conciliatory, and then they try to push through a resolution (non-binding at that: so what’s the use?) that will do nothing but offend and alienate a key ally?
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Armenians suffered a genocide at the hand of Ottoman Turks. And it is important that we recognize this fact. But, I submit to you, that there is a time and place for everything. Now is not the time; Congress is not the place.
We should not deny the genocide, but at the same time we need to realize the damage our actions can cause us. Turkey is–whether we like it or not–a key ally. We need Turkey. Especially with Iran beginning to rise as a potential military threat, we will sorely need Turkey to smash Iran. And trust me, people’s pride can be such an element that they would be willing to suffer immense destruction rather than submit to one whom they believe has offended them.
It is almost like we want to punish an ally for helping us with the Iraq War. They may not have helped us during the liberation, but they help us now.