Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turkey Update

The US is a Mushroom Nation
Kept in the Dark with Sh!t thrown at it

After about five days of total silence in the US Main$tream media, Americans are just beginning to learn that the Failed Turkish coup has extremely serious implications for their country...and for the global foreign policy that has been driving the planet since the Clinton years.  Here is a brief update:

Incirlik Air Base: Post-Coup Power Cut Remains at U.S. Site

Cryptogan posted a link to a story updating the situation at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.  NBC is reporting that the power cut remains and the Air Base is running off generators.  

A Turkish air base widely believed to house U.S. nuclear weapons continued to rely on backup generators Wednesday, five days after a failed coup plunged the country into crisis.
Commercial power was cut to Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey and the airspace above it closed within hours of Friday's attempted military takeover in the NATO country. Turkish commanders at the site were later arrested and led away after they were accused of allowing at least one tanker aircraft to refuel jets involved in the thwarted mutiny.

There are some interesting details in the story. Apparently the Air Base situation was brought up at the regular US State Department it is starting to get some traction in the Main$tream media after a five-day virtual news black out.
According to the report, the US is considering its options regarding future use of the base.  I think the options are quite clear by now. Turkey's leader, Erdogan has openly accused the US as complicity in the coup through their CIA asset Gulen. Erdogan has declared a three month "state of emergency" in Turkey and has been purging the government ranks.  I don't think things will get back to normal on the base soon and it looks like Turkey would like the US to move out.
The unfortunate reality is...the US doesn't move out. Germany and Japan (and many other countries) can tell you that once the US military has set up's there to stay. The exception to this rule was Viet Nam...where the last US stragglers left via climbing up helicopter ladders...but that's another long and tragic story.
Here is an interesting back ground analysis from Fort Russ
July 20, 2016

Komsomolskaya Pravda Exclusive
Leonid Timoshin
Translated from Russian by Kristina Kharlova

While some insist that the attempt to topple Recep Tayyip Erdogan's - ambitious and bloody, was staged, others (primarily in Turkey) believe that the leader of their state almost lost his life due to rapprochement with Russia. An expert on the Middle East, head of Lev Gumilev Center, Pavel Zarifullin told "Komsomolskaya Pravda" what secret intel he received from Turkey from a local high-ranking and well-informed friends. Their information says one thing - the coup was prepared with the help of our overseas "partners".
- Pavel, who are these people - who gave you information from inside Turkey? In light of recent crackdown how do you keep in touch with them?
- It is the elite of Turkish society, with whom I have been associated due to work for many years. Some of my colleagues were jailed by Erdogan back in 2007, but that's another story. Now I communicate with one of the famous Turkish professors, a consultant to local intelligence services. His name, of course, I will not disclose. He, like thousands of others, is walking on the edge - there is the same crackdown as in 1937 under Stalin. We correspond in a private chat room with coded messages. He is a supporter of Turkey's accession to the Eurasian Union, not the EU. And there are many influential people with similar views. Government, academia and those in security services have no doubt that the coup was prepared by Americans. Like all the previous ones in this country, since 1960. The military has always interfered in political process and acted in coordination with Americans.
- What did he tell you?
- Here's a quote: "The West, hoping to get control of the country through a military coup, as in Egypt, at first supported the coup. The putschists were not able to succeed without outside help. Only the West did not calculate that Turkish people do not accept any undemocratic process". Under the West he means primarily the United States. But it is possible that the Germans had a hand in this - they also pressured Erdogan. Don't forget, the Bundestag - the German Parliament - did not even recognize the genocide of Armenians by the Turks.

- I don't understand why the US and Germany need this coup?
- It is no secret. The main reason is rapprochement with Russia. Here's another quote from the correspndence woith my source: "EU and NATO were unhappy with Turkey's rapprochement with Israel and Russia. The United States was irritated by the announcement in Turkey of Kurdish separatists in Syria being a terrorist organization while USA supported them. The positions of Ankara and Washington differed on Iraq and Syria. In dealing with refugee crisis the EU blamed Turkey, believing that it should block the flow of refugees at any cost."
- That is the coup was overdue. From the outside. Is there information about how it was prepared?
- The nucleus of the coup was the American Incirlik air force base in Turkey (located on the Mediterranean coast, a few hundred kilometers from the border with Syria, allows to control the Middle East. - Ed.). Chief of the base, Turkish General Bekir Ercan Van is now arrested (the base was also used for Turkish aircraft - after all the country is a member of NATO. - Ed.). All the main characters are from there. According to my insider information, the US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass (he had previously served in Georgia and there also conducted the anti-Russian policy) met several times with the former commander of the air force and the leader of the coup Akin Ozturk and the head of the base under the pretext of discussing relations with the Kurds in Syria and Iraq. The Turkish military - in general are mostly graduates of NATO military institutions, are pro-American. As interrogations show, the current conspirators, among whom were the top and the second echelon, received serious guarantees from the military and diplomatic leadership of the United States. They were promised asylum in the base in case of failure.

- And were cheated?
- No. But the Turks were ready to take the base by storm, but at the beginning just cut off power supply. But there were nuclear weapons stored!
This has never happened before! Therefore, the Americans agreed not to interfere with arrests at the Turkish part of the base. Such unpublished information was passed on by our source. And the silly staging hypothesis is actively pushed just in the West. Even though just the number of dead and wounded (after a night of the coup 290 people are dead, nearly 1,500 wounded. - Ed.) shows how serious this is.
- Is the opposition preacher Gulen, residing in USA, whose extradition is demanded by Erdogan, lying, he had nothing to do with it?
- It is another American "column" which, of course, is also used. Here's what my source wrote in his last message (we talked on the night of July 20):
"They (Putin and Erdogan. - Ed.) should meet as quickly as possible. Here everyone can't stop talking about this meeting. USA have done everything and are doing everything to prevent it. Including the coup so the leaders don't talk. We (the Eurasianists of Turkey. - Ed.) see the country's salvation in this meeting with Putin." I hope that repressions will not touch my expert, and he along with the other Turks will attend our Eurasian conference in Ankara immediately after the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Turkey. Today there is more and more talk about leaving NATO. Erdogan is better to go this route and become the Islamic Hugo Chavez. Otherwise he'll have to prepare for the next coup attempt. 

Igor Korotchenko, chief editor of the magazine "National Defense":
- I have no confidence to assert that the coup was prepared by the Americans. But the fact that they knew about it (taking into account the capabilities of the CIA and NSA) and were interested in it, that's for sure. Just they did not warn Erdogan, hoping that the victory of the coup will be good for them. The "Incirlik" base houses Americans and that means there are CIA employees. I have not been there myself and can't say about security and defense and how it is provided with backup power. But it is impossible to cut off power to our [Russian] air bases, even if you shut off electricity.

Victor BARANETS, "KP" military observer:
- According to various estimates, "Incirlik" airbase is home to up to 100 American nuclear bombs. Electricity is really needed to monitor the status of ammunition, for their protection. In the event of an accident diesel engines are automatically turned on. But they cannot operate indefinitely. If Americans were cut off from the fuel supply, there could be a very serious trouble. Despite the fact that the base commander was a Turk, he gave the order to shut off only the Turkish part of "Incirlik". You have to understand that it houses American and Turkish aircraft, and during operations there are planes from the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. However, at the time of the coup they were not there.
Let me remind you that the commander of the base, Turkish General Van asked for asylum in the United States but was refused. If he was granted asylum, it would immediately become obvious that the US is somehow sympathetic to the coup, and maybe had a hand in this. However, when the arrests were carried out in the Turkish part of the base, the flights resumed, electricity was reinstated to the Turkish part of the airbase, and the base began to function normally.

All a bit confusing.  So the reinstated electricity to the Turkish but not the American side of the base? Sounds odd.

Here is more from the NBC report:
...As the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deepens its purge of military and civilian officials accused of being involved in the putsch, there were few indications when exactly electricity to Incirlik would be turned back on.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he was confident that power would be restored, and it could happen within a day or so.
No one is locked anywhere on the base, which has about 2,700 Defense Department civilians and military personnel, officials said. But people were not permitted to leave Wednesday for security reasons.
Turkish officials did not respond to requests for comment and information on the power cut. Erdogan told CNN earlier this week that power was shut off at military bases around the country to reduce the risk that conspirators might be able to use them.
On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner acknowledged power had been cut to the site — which is used by the U.S. to launch anti-ISIS strikes.
"There are redundancy measures in place, specifically for this kind of outage or this kind of instance," he said. Some U.S. flights have also resumed from the base, U.S. officials say.
Air conditioners, food storage and preparation, and other daily living requirements on the base depend on power as much as the runway lighting and air operations systems do.
A senior State Department official told NBC News that the U.S. was "working through" these problems."The Turks have some issues at Incirlik, obviously," Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk told NBC News. ISIL is another term for ISIS.
President Barack Obama brought up the situation at Incirlik with Erdogan during a telephone conversation on Tuesday, McGurk added.Behind-the-scenes discussions between the two leaders come amid an unprecedented crackdown on those with suspected links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric Erdogan accuses of masterminding the military coup.
As of Wednesday, some 8,660 people had been detained throughout the country — most of them members of the military. Some 15,200 Education Ministry workers, 8,777 Interior Ministry officials and 2,745 judges had been fired from their jobs, according to the government. The government has also "requested" that 1,577 university deans resign from their jobs.
Turkey has asked the U.S. extradite Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania and denies any involvement in the attempted coup.
Washington said it was reviewing documents it had received from Ankara but was still determining if the materials constituted a formal extradition request. Kerry said he discussed Gulen with the Turkish Foreign Minister and asked that he send evidence, not allegations. [ed. lol...who's asking for "evidence" now! lolololol]
Despite the tussle over Gulen and escalating U.S.-Turkey tensions after suggestions that the U.S. was behind the plot, McGurk said the country's leaders "have been very clear that there should be no slowdown" in counter-ISIS operations.
"We obviously look to increase that cooperation but they have a number of things they are dealing with in Turkey and we'll support them as they work through that," he said.
A year ago, Ankara agreed to let the U.S.-led coalition launch airstrikes against ISIS from Incirlik.
After the power cut, some adjustments were made to launch strikes from locations other than Incirlik, Air Force Lt. Col Chris Karns told The Associated Press.
The location of aircraft around the region provide options so that the U.S. can "deliver air power where needed," said Karns, a spokesman at Air Force Central Command.
Related: Will Failed Coup Make Turkey's Strongman Even Stronger?But these are temporary measures and do not provide a long-term solution for Incirlik.
Not only is Turkey the main gateway for foreign fighters traveling in and out of Syria, it is widely believed that NATO nuclear warheads are stored under the base. The U.S. has never admitted it houses such weapons at Incirlik.
According to Jeffrey Davis, of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, references to "special weapons" kept at the facility was a way of saying "nuclear" warheads.

The New Yorker magazine also quoted Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, as saying that vaults beneath the base have about 50 B-61 hydrogen bombs — more than 25 percent of NATO's nuclear weapons stockpile.
Nazli Avdan, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas, said the chaos, uncertainty and Erdogan's crackdown may eventually result in the U.S. leaving the site.
"There's the possibility of Incirlik Air Base being shut down for good because there's a nuclear arsenal there," she said.
Summary and Conclusions:

It appears that from Erdogan's "body language" [leaving the power off...not responding to inquiries...accusing the US of complicity] he wants the Base shut down. The question is...can he achieve his goal? The US does not want to set a precedent and thereby give hope to countries like Japan, Germany, the Philippines and others....who no doubt would love to see the backside of the US leaving their countries. Let me suggest that Erdogan would not be taking such a high risk stand if he did not have some powerful allies in the region...and I'm thinking these are Russia and Iran at the least.

As I've been saying, almost from the beginning...this is one of the biggest crises the modern US has ever faced...and it's happening without the knowledge of the vast majority of Americans.  But that's the fate of almost all critical geopolitical events in the land of the mushroom nation [keep em in the dark and throw Sh!t on them] these days.  The news blackout is likely the result of the Obama government not wanting to raise suspicions about who was the obvious force behind the coup [i.e., the US brought the crisis on itself]. The fact that it has been allowed to drag on for five days without end in sight is further indication of a disturbing lack of leadership...which should be VERY concerning for Americans.


INCOMING!!!!!!! said...

Hi gc,

Nukes, if there, are kept in autonomous storage. I would ignore all the power stories.

Everyone forgets that the real rogue nukes are the SA nukes that Camoron helped traffic through UAE a quarter of a century ago. That is one reason Bahai Kelly was removed. When, not if, those nukes are released they will be unrecognisable as such from their strange nucleotide signature. Their fingerprints are not currently traceable to a known source. That means you can assign them to the "Rogue du jour" through the MSM harlots.

james@wpc said...

Very good round-up and great to shine a light on this crisis, Greencrow.

A little confusing as to the details still but one thing is for certain is that this is not over by a long shot (pardon the pun)

greencrow said...

Hi INCOMING!!!!!!!

Some (i.e., Jim Stone) think that there are covert nukes....planted in every major city of the West...waiting to go off for blackmail purposes, or if the evil ones are thwarted. It's time that nations got the cajones to kick foreign nuke-bearing "friends' out of their countries. This could be what Erdogan is thinking. Hope so.

greencrow said...

Hi James:

Thanks. I've added a few new links to the post. Seems there's a consensus in the alternate media now that the coup was NOT staged. Still significant silence from "certain" so-called alternate media US bloggers. I guess it's really hard to have to admit that (once again) they are the "bad guys" (coup plotters) ...but worse...they are the bad guys who are REALLY and very scarily...incompetent!