Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PressTV hits another one out of the ballpark - US "Wonders" Why Turkey Angry...can we all say Gulen?

"Dumb and Dumber?"
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper delivers a speech during a ceremony as part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, on December 16, 2019, at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne. (Photo by AFP)

It's a laff a minute over at PressTV these days.  That's if you enjoy Black HumoUr...as I do.  This morning we have another Seinfeldian episode starring that quick-rising comic, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.  In this episode, he's "wondering" why Turkey is so annoyed with USrael that it's threatening to close some strategic NATO military bases [the Incirlik and Kurecik bases]Hmmmmmm….lemeeesee.  Aren't those military bases the same ones used for the US-led attempted coup against President Erdogan a few years ago?  I'm "wondering" too--why does the US still even have access to those bases????

And, won't the equipment hangars get a bit crowded when the Russian S-400 anti-missile systems arrive?  Where will the Turks store them?

So, the humoUr is based on the Secty of Defense Esper's "Dumb and Dumber" schstick...where he professes not to understand why Turkey is ticked off.  Please read the following report in full from this morning's PressTV and I will have concluding comments to follow:


US seeks explanation for Turkey threat to close military bases 

The Pentagon has called for Ankara's explanation regarding the Turkish president's comments on the possibility of closing two strategic military bases used by the United States in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to close the Incirlik and Kurecik bases, in response to US threats of sanctions and a Senate resolution recognizing the Armenian “genocide.”

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that he would speak to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, "to understand what they really mean and how serious they are."

"If the Turks are serious about this, I mean, they are a sovereign nation to begin with... they have the inherent right to house or not to house NATO bases or foreign troops," Esper told reporters on a plane as he flew back from Belgium.

"I think this becomes an Alliance's matter, their commitment to the Alliance, if indeed they are serious about what they are saying,"
he added.

The US-operated Incirlik airbase, situated south of Turkey, is known to be used by Washington to stockpile nuclear weapons. A powerful early-warning radar is also stationed in the southeastern Kurecik base.

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavisoglu also warned that Ankara might close the Incirlik base if the US imposed sanctions on the country.
The developments came after a US Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Turkey following its October offensive into northern Syrian and its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

On Thursday, the US Senate also voted unanimously to officially recognize the alleged mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire a century ago as "genocide". The nonbinding legislation had already passed the lower House of Representatives in October.

In response, Erdogan said Ankara will proceed to recognize the killing of millions of indigenous Americans as “genocide.”

He said Turkey “should oppose [the US] by reciprocating such decisions in parliament. And that is what we will do.”

“Can we speak about America without mentioning [Native Americans]? It is a shameful moment in US history,” he added, referring to the killing of millions of indigenous people at the end of the 15th century.

According to a team at University College London, back then, some 55 million indigenous people died during the European conquest of America.

The majority of the deaths occurred by diseases brought over from Europe. War, slavery, and displacement also contributed to the decline of the populations of the indigenous community.


Greencrow concludes:  What?  Me?  This is the patented reaction of USrael whenever it is confronted with historical facts about its mendacious national character.  In this case, it's pretending that the failed coup attempt of a few years ago never happened at all.  Unfortunately, I don't think that Erdogan will ever forget that horrific 48 hours or so after he was warned by the Russians that his life was in mortal danger and then airlifted by the Rooskie Special Ops to a safe place [probably the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Syria]...while the coup raged on in the streets of Istanbul and surrounding Turkish military bases.  It is only because of Putin that Erdogan is even alive right now.

It's kind of like how it's only due to the Russians that some crew of the USS Liberty survived to tell the tale of how the Israeli Regime military jets attacked the US surveillance ship in the Mediterranean back in 1968.  Apparently it was only because a Russian surveillance ship was anchored close by and watching the whole treasonous episode...that the US/Israeli attackers finally backed off.

Kinda like that.  Those pesky Ruskies...always messing up perp plots.  But, I digress.

Back to why Turkey is pissed off with the US and want them to leave the Turkish military bases. Yes, it's a Seinfeldian, Dumb and Dumber episode and funnier than hell...but only if you're far away from the Incirlik and Kurecik bases.  Up close, it is a very tense stand-off.  The US simply CANNOT abandon those bases [we know that it NEVER leaves anywhere no matter what it SAYS],  We know that Erdogan has USrael by the short and curlies...and that Erdogan absolutely MUST have the security of operational Russian S-400's for Turkey to survive its greatest enemy--USrael.

Funny?  NOT funny.


wallflower said...

By gaw Erdogan should take it one step further and 'sanction'brokeback US by keeping all the nukes presently occupying Turkey...and THEN make an announcement that they are now pointing at Tel Aviv. Yep by gaw that's what I'd dooooooo!

greencrow said...

Keeping the nukes would be a good idea no matter where they were pointed...at least then they would be in "sane" hands.

BTW did you ever hear that "conspiracy theory" that Israel has "suitcase nukes" hidden in their embassies in cities all over the world ready to use for blackmail, payback or whatever? That rumour circulated just after 9/11.