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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The question the US ought to be asking

The most important issue with Turkey is not the flotilla of fools - it's Turkey's support for Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. That support was fleshed out into the open on Wednesday when Turkey voted against the latest round of sanctions against Iran. The Obama administration is ignoring the issue. Michael Rubin isn't.
A question for Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates: Given Turkey's slide toward Iran, are you really willing to sell the Joint Strike Fighter to Ankara? Do you really want to supply that technology to a country, albeit for now a NATO member, where the government might simply transfer the technology to adversaries that seek to kill Americans?
The answers to those questions should clearly be "no." As I pointed out already, the same goes for Israel selling UAV's to Turkey (most of which have, unfortunately, already been delivered) and the same ought to apply to Turkey's membership in NATO.

Is the United States really going to come to Turkey's defense if it provokes a war with Israel? What could go wrong?


At 9:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Times change. So do countries' interests. As Charles DeGaulle once observed, countries have no friends, they only have interests.

Well Israel's interest in Turkey is now history. Its time for the Jewish State to move on.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

I think that based on BHO's track record, the answer to your question about the US coming to Turkey's rescue would be "absolutely yes". It may not take the form of a military intervention but it could involve withholding weapons and parts for Israel or supplying state-of-the-art weapons to Turkey.
BHO will do NOTHING to help Israel. Obama knows that he has already lost a fraction of the Jewish vote and that the rest are hardcore Democraps who don't really care about Israel. There is no downside to him supporting Turkey, only the potential upside of endearing himself to Muslim countries yet again.


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