Saturday, November 28, 2015

Is Turkey Really "an Ally"?

Our Establishment types are loudly and frequently proclaiming that "Turkey is a NATO ally" of the USA, therefore, if Putin slaps Turkey again--or harder--we are obligated to defend Turkey.

Well, the NATO part is true. 

But when your "ally" is financing ISIS, are they really an "ally"?

...even as Turkey's ties to the ISIS oil trade have been hiding in plain sight for the better part of two years, the Western media largely ignores the issue (or at least the scope of it and the possible complicity of the Erdogan government) because after all, Turkey is a NATO member.  Unfortunately for Ankara, Erdogan's move to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border on Tuesday prompted an angry Vladimir Putin to throw Turkey under the ISIS oil bus for the entire world to see....

Good ol' Vlad!

By the way, is it "the Western media" who ignores this little problem?  Or is it 'the Western governments' which tried to bury it?

1 comment:

Grim said...

Turkey was supposed to allow the 4th Infantry Division to depart from their territory during the start of the Iraq War, and then "changed their mind" at the last minute. 4ID had to redeploy their equipment through Kuwait by ship. That meant that we were a whole division light when we went in, and during the crucial period after the fall of Baghdad when the insurgency had time to get started and spread.

So, no, they're not our ally. They may be Obama's.