It turns out it makes sense:
The United States on Tuesday urged Iraq’s neighbors to respect Iraq’s sovereignty as Turkey deployed thousands of troops along its border with northern Iraq.
“We would call upon all of Iraq’s neighbors to respect Iraq’s sovereignty,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at a briefing.
Countries 5,000 miles away can do whatever they want to poor old Iraq, as long as they promise to leave nothing standing, McCormack went on to explain.
May 2nd, 2006