The Turkish government has said that “If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate,” according to the Conservative Tribune. The rift involves the U.S. relationship with country, specifically, the sale of 100 fighter jets.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu informed CNN Turk “What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this,” reported Reuters. However, these proposed sanctions that forbid selling weapons to Turkey are not likely to be “let go of” since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member has hardly acted like an ally of the United States lately.
Turkey has engaged in taking U.S. citizens hostage on trumped up and baseless charges and have grown quite close to Russia and Iran, two NATO nations usually looking to provoke America.
Due to these facts, the Washington Examiner has reported that Congress is considering “cutting off future weapons sales to the increasingly belligerent ‘ally.‘” Part of the talks concerning the “$717 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act” demand that the Department of Defense collate “and deliver a report documenting” how the U.S and Turkey are actually working together.
Turkey has planned to buy “100 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike fighter jets and other weapons,” but it seems that White House in 2018 is more interested in prudent thought than in making a quick buck that we may later regret.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet with Cavusoglu within the next week or so in order to talk the matter out more specifically. Somehow, Turkey seems to feel outright entitled to U.S. dollars, a problem common in much of the world.
One of the concerns is that the Patriot Missile” systems would also be on the the list of items not sold to the Islamic nation.
Aside from taking Americans hostage and jailing them, Turkey has “purchased a number of S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries from Russia, an anti-aircraft weapons system that is wholly incompatible with those used by NATO member nations.” This is a major sticking point with the U.S. who feels that such actions “could lead to consequences.”
“Turkey is not a country under your orders, it is an independent country,” declared the defiant Foreign Minister when the purchase was addressed. “Speaking to such a country from above, dictating what it can and cannot buy, is not a correct approach and does not fit our alliance.”
UPI news has revealed that Russia’s Vladimir Putin traveled to Ankara to witness “the groundbreaking of a new $20 billion Russian-funded nuclear power plant.” While groups such as ISIS are diminishing in numbers currently, the next time that an uprising happens, nations like Iran and others will have new nuclear power plants to worry about as targets, a major concern for the U.S.
Also making the situation worse is the fact that Andrew Brunson, “an American Christian missionary who has lived in Turkey since 1995” was taken into custody in 2016 with no charges against him. He has been locked up on the mere “suspicion of collaborating with terrorists following the failed ‘coup’ against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” according to the Atlantic.
Turkey considers the Kurdistan Workers Party terrorists and Brunson was accused of working with them.
This Middle Eastern nation who has their hand out for American greenbacks and weapons is said to be playing “hostage diplomacy” and Brunson is looking at 35-years in prison if convicted. There are at least a dozen others arrested and jailed, as well.
“You do have a Congress that’s very upset with Turkey and wants to do something, and Brunson is a galvanizing factor toward a harsher stance toward Erdogan’s regime,” observed Aaron Stein, “a senior resident fellow at the Washington-based think-tank Atlantic Council.”
President Donald Trump put the lunacy of this American being a spy into perspective when he tweeted, “Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason. They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!”
The world has grown way too comfortable with Uncle Sam being too nice to nations who actually hate America. These nations have been given a fortune in weapons and money, yet they support those who work counter to everything that the Untied States wishes.
Thankfully, those days seem to be over.
Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason. They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018