Turkey

Of course, I’m addressing the country, not the delicious bird that Americans consume in vast numbers (800 million tons+) annually.

The U.S.-Turkey friendship dates to 1831, when the United States established diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire.

After World War I and the founding of the Turkish Republic, the United States established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Turkey in 1927 (under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 1881-1938). The Economic and Technical Cooperation agreement – signed July 12, 1947 between the United States and Turkey – advanced the relationship further. The agreement implemented the Truman Doctrine and its policy “to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.”

On 15 July 2016, a military coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Then President Barack Hussein Obama condemned the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

The US has had it’s own coup d’état problem, first in late 2016, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it’s “insurance policy” to see that President Trump wasn’t seated as president, in 2019-20 with a bogus impeachment, charging President Trump with what former Vice President Biden had been doing and in the 2020 elections with rigged voting machines.

Turkey is a NATO Ally (of convnience) and a regional partner. Is it in our continued interest to keep Turkey anchored to the Euro-Atlantic community?

Mapping the Turkish military’s expanding footprint

The new Turkish Islamic revolution under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the new Turkish sultan, a professional politician – as sultans usually are – has been a disaster. Looking at the map above at the Turkish military footprint, you might be persuaded that Turkish influence has spread. There is a thug element to the spread but it is a transparent thugocracy, and Turkey’s neighbors don’t like it. Turkish state sanctioned “pirates” raid European territorial waters and seize fishing vessels – which end up in Turkish-controlled Libya. Turkish chicanery in business deals have prompted EU nations to ‘cut them off’.

Erdoğan had a vision of Turkey (under his patronage) as an expanding power and to do that, he had to imprison his opposition. The best way of doing that was to use Islam and newly minted Islamic courts that would “make it legal”. Then he had to whitewash the pig and try and sell it to the rest of the world as the newer, and purer Turkey.

It hasn’t worked and the Turkish economy is shrinking. Turkish neighbors don’t trust them. And despite a large standing army, genuine Turkish influence is shrinking. Unless you listen to CNN-Turk, the official broadcast station of the new sultanate. They will sing the praises of the new imam,  Erdoğan. There may be a familiar ring to this.

 

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24 COMMENTS

  1. The Chinese hordes were also mismanaged and under equipped in the frozen Chosin, but had the advantage of shear numbers. “Retreat Hell! We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.” Oliver P. Smith USMC

    • I think that even today, they’d rely on human wave attacks. They’re working on building genetically superior super soldiers. We will all have to wait and see how that turns out.

        • From memory, Khan’s (“Kaaaaaahn!”) full name was Noonien Singh Khan (or some permutation of those names). The “Singh” suggests Sikh.

          The Chinese (by which I mean Han; everyone else living in China is some sort of at-best-marginally-human barbarian, according to the Han) consider Sikhs to be hairy, turban-wearing monkeys. But they consider other Indians to be monkeys as well, so it’s not some sort of anti-Sikhism. And don’t get me started on what they think of Black Africans. Anyway, China would never augment a bunch of hairy monkeys, regardless of their headgear.

          As to considering outsiders monkeys, that used to be the NORM for EVERY group. It’s been beaten out of the West, partly through Christianity (as a universal/universalist religion) and vastly accelerated in the last 50-70 years by the people who control our academia, popular culture, and much of our legal system. (Did you know that Anne Boleyn was a negress? It’s true, BBC Channel 5 says so.) Ironically, those many of those who have done the most to push the cultural destruction of the West are of the “do as I preach, not as I do” mentality when it comes to attitudes toward outsiders.

    • To me, Nashville is starting to look like an unusually grandiose and melodramatic suicide.

      Reports have it that the PA switched from countdown to “Downtown” before the blast.

      Could also be all or part an extremely retro hit on The Phone Company.
      -Kle.

      • I don’t know Riverrider. There is a lot of conflicting information out there and I tend not to trust “the most trusted name in news”. I’m guessing a suicide, but precisely what he took out is more the question. The phone company is never forthcoming and the “national security” blanket that USGOV tossed over it makes me skeptical that there wasn’t something critical in the way of collection infrastructure that the guy hit on his way out.

  2. When Ataturk and Ataturkism held sway in Turkey, they were worthy allies.

    Erdogan’s trying to make them into just another Iran-style failure.

    IDK if giving them to the Russians is a great play either, though.
    -Kle.

    • I doubt that the Russians could take Turkey without nuclear weapons and nobody would allow that without a NATO response.

      Erdogan is trying to be an Ayatollah but he needs a turban to complete the ensamble.

      • I didn’t mean through conquest, I meant as an ally after we kick them out of NATO.
        Erdogan’s ruined the place (with lots of help) , but I’d still rather have their 2nd-largest-NATO-army on our side of the line, even nominally.

        -Kle.

  3. Turkey is an interesting mess, and frankly, I’m glad we’re pretty much out of there. Re China, when Biden takes over, everything Trump has done will be reversed, quietly, on the sly…

  4. The 2016 Turkish ‘coup’ was a false event, staged by Creep-near-dog (anag) to attempt to justify the removal of most of his opposition.
    From the perspective of Europe, Erdogan’s more dangerous than other islamic threats, as he pressurizes the Greek border with his paid-for ‘immigrants’ and also attempts to undermine NATO at every opportunity.

  5. Thanks for the Turkey briefing. Will our army fight alongside the Turks against the Russians under Biden’s CCP leadership? I guess we’ll find out. In the meanwhile, the miserable thug sultan skulks in Constantinople, dreaming of caliphate glory.

    Let’s have the New Rome back. Perhaps your Gurkha Greek Legion could help?

    • I don’t see the Russians invading Turkey. I think that the Turks will push everywhere, and if something gives, they’ll move in. If not, they’ll look for other opportunities.

  6. When Turkey was secular, their armed forces were highly regarded. with the secular gone in a country with many small religious sects, are they worse? It would seem that is the case.

    China’s military. When they tried on Vietnam, they got their asses kicked and they don’t seem t do well in the Himalayas against the Indian Army.

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