file photo courtesy RT
Monday, August 15, 2016
UPDATE: US Nukes at Incirlik - Just Do The Right Thing!
UPDATE: August 16, 2016 PressTV has an analysis of the Incirlik situation by US geopolitical analyst Scott Bennett in which he reiterates the information already known about the electricity being shut off (no mention of it being restored) and the stored nuclear arsenal.
US Soldiers Loading Bombs at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey
file photo courtesy RT
file photo courtesy RT
First, a little update on my experience so far with my new laptop and Windows 10. After two weeks of using it I can say that the only good thing about having Windows 10 is that I am no longer harassed to GET Windows 10. No more annoying pop-ups when I open my desktop asking/pleading and threatening about downloading (or is it uploading) Windows 10 on an old laptop which could not take the added memory load.
Other than that...Windows 10 is VERY slow and glitchy. So many times I'm reading a report and the screen "freezes" and I'm forced to wait and fidget with it to try and get it to scroll. But...and I DO have a point here : ) IMO, it's nothing compared to what is coming our way shortly...as we try to make our way around the Internet. As a geopolitical blogger I have to surf to some fairly sketchy web sites and even though I have Kasperksy anti-virus software...I still get messages about "malware attacks"....I also want to regularly go to websites like RT which are currently under DDOS attack by the western corporate media giants/military industrial complex who can't tolerate a winner. RT is beating the American mainstream media hands down and the mainstream media...obligated to spread lies on a 24/7 basis...is no match. So now a thimpk tank has written a report recommending cyber-warfare against RT.
So, if something dramatic happens on either of the two current geopolitical hot spots...Turkey/Syria and/or Ukraine/Crimea, you can bet that RT will go down. In fact, that's how you will KNOW that something is going on...RT will be dead in the water. It's really too bad that the US mainstream media hasn't allowed even ONE network to tell the truth. Greenwald, for instance, says that the US Media is 100% against Trump. Any thinking American should ask him or herself "Why?" What is it about Clinton that makes it 100% certain according to the media...that she needs to be president? What is being kept hidden here? That's easy...what's being hidden is that The US Media is one of the main pillars of the globalist cabal.
But finally to the topic of my post, the ongoing crisis at the NATO Air Force Base in Incirlik, Turkey. And there is a connection with the above rambling. According to the latest report from RT
Incirlik Air Base is still under the lockdown that started shortly after the failed coup attempt of July 15th....a month ago. The base, with its American soldiers guarding their nuclear arsenal, is surrounded by 7000 Turkish soldiers. The Turks have also surrounded it with tanks and trucks and anything heavy enough to prevent a mass breakout. Amazingly, according to the RT report, it appears that the electricity is still shut off. The report mentions that the electricity was shut off but nowhere does it mention it being turned back on. I have kept close watch in all the media for such a report and have not seen a reliable one yet.
There have been a couple of reports in the western press arguing that the US 50 to 90 nukes aren't "safe" at Incirlik and should be moved. I always allow myself a small sardonic smile when I read this kind of stuff. When are nukes "safe"? Apparently these are particularly old nukes whose "best before" date has expired. Why these countries allowed their sovereignty to be compromised to such a disastrous extent by weaponry which can only be effective if blown up by, say, a bomb dropped from above, is a mystery....viewed in 20/20 hindsight. But there it is. These bombs are like having a huge manacle, welded to a huge ball and chain...attached to the ankle of Turkey and the other host countries.
After the near death experience of the July 15th failed coup attempt...the Turks are slowly waking up to the reality of what a danger the foreign occupation and weaponry of the Incirlik Turkish base is to their existential survival as a nation. Of course they want the nukes and their coup-plotters gone. Of course they do. But it is a very delicate process. You have to make them "want" to leave. You have to make them think it was "their" idea. You have to allow them to save face.
You see, the United States of America has a very bad history with nukes. Just 71 years ago there was a mass genocide of hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians living in two different cities...Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My geopolitical blogging colleague and compatriot, Northerntruthseeker, posted an excellent remembrance of that war crime for all to read not too long ago. In his post, he describes how history was hijacked shortly after WWII and lies put in place of the truth behind the Japanese nuclear holocaust. The war was essentially over, but the Yanks hadn't blown their nuclear wad yet. That's about the jist of it.
So, as I said...the US has a terrible history and reputation when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons...and we won't even discuss the years of nuclear "testing" in the western states of the US and in the Pacific. Yes, the US has a terrible history and reputation.......but it could redeem itself here and now with the situation of Incirlik.
The world is watching to see if the US has learned ANYTHING about the responsible care and control of nuclear weapons (leaving aside the argument that there is no such thing). Will the United States resist the urge to try and salvage some monstrous radioactive "silver lining" out of the failed Turkish coup/Incirlik debacle? Will it insist on some horrible price being paid by the Turks if they don't kowtow to NATO hegemony? Will the Turks have to pay a Hiroshimian or Nagasakian price?
Or, will the US just grow up and accept responsibility and do the right thing? When John Kerry goes to Turkey to meet Erdogan on August 24th, 2016, in just a week and a half from now...we will know the answers to the questions posed above. We will know whether the US is mindful of its horrible past and wants to reassure the world it has changed and there will not be a threepeat.
The US needs to apologize to Turkey, remove its nukes quietly and without conditions and show that it deserves the trust and responsibility vested in it as a world leader....by the countries who it calls "allies".