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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Obama's BFF cozies up to China, shuts out NATO

President Obama's Best Friend Forever, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is purchasing Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense systems that are not interoperable with NATO systems already in place.
According to Hürriyet Daily News:
Turkey’s western allies look puzzled by a looming decision by Ankara to select Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense systems which they think cannot be integrated into the NATO-sponsored early warning architecture currently deployed on Turkish soil. “That would certainly leave many of us speechless,” said one senior diplomat from a NATO country. “Turkey has every right to choose its own air defense system but we do not quite understand the logic of opting for a Chinese system with no interoperability with the existing [NATO] assets.” A NATO ally defense attaché in Ankara said that deploying a Chinese air defense system to protect Turkish airspace could have political repercussions. “Questioning Turkey’s geopolitical trajectory would then be legitimate,” he said.
It is long past time to expel Turkey from NATO.

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At 3:06 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

This is so that when he invades either another NATO country or another neighbor, NATO can't muck with his command and control systems. I'm thinking he picks a fight with Greece, Bulgaria, Israel (of course), or Cyprus.

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

He'll want to block Israel's offshore drilling and the LNG plant in Cyprus. Because he can't win the competition of ideas... he has to bully. And it will be good when NATO can't be deployed by Turkey against Israel. (BTW, people keep talking about Libya, etc. being "NATO led by France", but France is a NATO dropout. So what's up with that.)

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

"It is long past time to expel Turkey from NATO."

WAY past time! Turkey should have been expelled from NATO at least by 2002, when they played their game to prevent US forces from transiting Turkey to initiate a northern front in Iraq.


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