NATO also maintains roughly 90 tactical nuclear weapons at the Incirlik Air Base, from where the 42 helicopters have gone missing, causing concern about the security of US weapons in Turkey and raising the specter that terrorists may ultimately be able to get their hands on advanced weaponry or potentially a nuclear bomb.
lol...here is John Kerry...freshly back from Moscow today Sunday, July 17, 2016....being interviewed on CNN and he doesn't even mention Turkey, or the coup....I rest my case.
This is one, and perhaps the most important, reason why nothing ever happens to change things in the US. Surfing through the blogosphere this morning...I see that many US blogs have gone back to reporting on the recently stirred up (for distraction purposesi) "race relatons" meme...or the bogus story about the 28 worthless pages missing from the equally worthless Official 9/11 report. This, folks, is a non-story if ever there was one.
The Turkish failed coup produced a black swan event...a seismic shift in the balance of power...and an unprecedented nuclear crisis. The Sealing Off of the Incirlik Air Base from it's NATO controllers is huge. But even the alternative media is largely ignoring it. One good thing about the Turkish coup is that it really separated the blogosphere wheat from the chaff. Going down my "favourites" blogroll to the right...I was able to see who were "real" alternative bloggers and who were disinfo agents...I even purged a few : ) Even blog favourite Stephen Lendman gets it wrong on Erdogan...not able to see the larger geopolitical implications.
In a real world...the US Media would be at high alert and extremely focused on who was behind the "balls up" coup and its resultant catastrphic loss of Incirlik Air Base and perhaps as many as 90 nuclear bombs!!! The fact that planes and helicopters with coup accomplices took off from Incirlik to bomb government buildings in Ankara and Istanbul should be headlines throughout America. US military heads should roll over this...I think even Obama should resign for allowing US nukes to stray from US control.
It reminded me of this:
And made me stop to wonder how many more US nukes are being stored at these "NATO" bases...ready to fall into the "wrong" hands.
Here is the latest report on the Incirlik Crisis from RT. Americans should be parsing every single word of this report which I am copying here...AND of course...they should have their own media reports.
Turkish commander of air base housing US nukes detained for complicity in coup attempt – official
General Bekir Ercan Van, the commander of Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, which is used both by the Turkish Air Force and NATO forces, has been detained by Turkish authorities accused of complicity in the attempted coup.
The senior Turkish military commander was arrested along with over a dozen lower ranking officers at the base, AFP reported. A government official has confirmed with Reuters that the general has been detained.
According to an agreement between Ankara and Washington, Incirlik is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons. The airbase is also being used by the US to launch airstrikes on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in neighboring Syria, which temporarily ceased following Friday’s military coup attempt.
On Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced that the US coalition had resumed its anti-IS air operations in Turkey. According to the press secretary, this was made possible by “close coordination” with Washington’s Turkish “allies.” Yet, the electric power supply to the base is still cut off, TASS cited the military official as saying. The power outage has not affected operations, he claimed, adding that American objects at the air base work off an internal power supply.
In the wake of the failed military uprising, the Turkish authorities have been conducting “anti-coup” operations at the base. Some members of the Turkish Air Force have been arrested on suspicion of having supported the coup. Authorities have also claimed that at least one of the planes “hijacked” by the coup plotters was refueled at Incirlik, according to AFP.
Ankara has arrested some 6,000 people believed to have been involved in the attempted coup and the number “could surpass 6,000,” as the “cleansing” operation is ongoing, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a television interview, as cited by AP.
Addressing his supporters after the first victims of the uprising had been laid to rest, President Erdogan said on Saturday that the parliament may discuss reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey, Reuters reported. The remark reportedly came in response to the crowd, which was chanting for the perpetrators to be executed.
Folks....get your eyes off your navel. Some of your most powerful leaders are very incompetent criminals. Find out who they are, arrest them and bring them to justice...even little Turkey is capable of doing that.