It’s time to kick that “turkey” Turkey out of NATO

In the 60’s, the expression: “You’re such a turkey!” implied that the person on the receiving end of the comment was a loser, inept, a fool, or generally uncool. Turkey a member of NATO has become all of those things and much worse under the leadership of  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A much stronger adjective is need to describe what a non-ally Turkey has become. Under Erdogan, Turkey has gone from being a decidedly secular nation to a decidedly Islamic nation.

Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum has written a series of excellent articles on the evolution of Turkey from friend to foe. The first article I want to direct yo to is titled How Turkey Went Bad.  This is an excellent background article on the history of Turkey, which includes the rise of Erdogan to power and the disturbing parallels between his style and that of the late Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The next two articles are titled Turkish Support for ISIS and More on Turkish Support for ISIS. These two articles are loaded with links and evidence that Turkey is anything but a US/NATO ally in the fight against ISIS. Turkey’s relations with its neighbors in the region have, including Israel, have gone from good and very good to very bad in the last three years. Today it only has good relations Qatar and the Kurds of Iraq.

This morning Fox News.com leading story is about the how the Kurdish city of Kobani, Syria on the border with Turkey is about to fall into the hands of the ISIS as Turkish forces amassed on the Turkish side of the border sit there and do nothing.

The White House is growing more frustrated with Turkish inaction against Islamic State fighters as Kurdish forces desperately battle to keep the Syrian border town of Kobani from falling into militants’ hands, according to a published report.

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“After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, they’re inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official continued. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border.”

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign launched last month would not be enough to halt the Islamic State group’s advance. Turkish troops have been massed near the border since the assault on Kobani began, but have so far not taken an offensive posture.

“Kobani is about to fall,” Erdogan told Syrian refugees in the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, according to The Associated Press. The Turkish president called for greater cooperation with the Syrian opposition, which is fighting both the extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“We asked for three things: one, for a no-fly zone to be created; two, for a secure zone parallel to the region to be declared; and for the moderate opposition in Syria and Iraq to be trained and equipped.”

It’s time to throw Obama’s best buddy in the Middle East (Erdogan) and the nation he leads out of NATO. Turkey is proving itself to be anything but an ally of the NATO nations.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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20 thoughts on “It’s time to kick that “turkey” Turkey out of NATO

  1. Jim: When I read your blogs I always learn something. I have not been keeping up with the Turks, but like everybody else believe the Turks have ulterior motives. I believe the Turks think of themselves as the new caliphate, similar to the old Ottoman Empire. They all want the glory days to return.

    You are right. It would be appropriate to kick them out of NATO, but there may be some reason to keep them there. As you noted, Turkey has changed from bad to worse, and it is possible that they can move back to the “better” column. Just daydreaming…

    This problem with Islamic terrorists comes down to the same thing as in the past. If we don’t lead, nobody will follow. It gets real simple, real quick.

  2. The problem is I fear, no good answer. My only problem with sitting back is that we destabilzed the region. When the Jews were murdered we said never again. Now hundreds of thousands of Christians who had no real threat until we came on the scene and decided these Countires needed democracy. Some of this is on us. Do we have a moral obligation?

    1. Sure, but I assume it would have been better to protect Christians in Iraq better while we were there (and, if necessary, not leave—we’re still in South Korea, it doesn’t hurt us much, and it keeps the peace with North Korea to this day). Same for our occupation of Afghanistan. If we occupy the place but can’t even be bothered to keep the populace from burning churches or driving the Christians out or whatever, that’s some kind of worst of both worlds.

      1. I suppose you are right. My first response is let them kill each other, then when I see the pictures…. But as I said, no good answer IMO. I tussle with this back and forth.

  3. never happen. NATO will fall apart first. They need Turkey strategically to counter Russia, for one thing. And frankly, I don’t think we can point fingers in this — remember that the US connived with Turkey to get transit of weapons for the very people who we are trying to kill today. Turkey was merely our henchman, or perhaps the other way around in reality. But Turkey is in a fix: it wants no more Kurds on its territory — remember, the Kurds want to unite across borders. And it doesn’t want the body-bags coming home, either. They want to wait for the jihadists to come for them at home, where they have the advantage. I think the US should do likewise.

  4. “This morning Fox News.com leading story is about the how the Kurdish city of Kobani, Syria on the border with Turkey is about to fall into the hands of the ISIS . . . .”

    “What are your thoughts?”

    My main thought is that I hope that doesn’t happen, and my second thought is that I think I would like the U.S. to do more and make sure it doesn’t happen. From everything I’ve heard, the Kurds are one of those rare bright spots in a part of the world that can use all the bright spots it can get. God preserve them.

  5. Great idea…TURKEY OUT OF NATO, indeed.
    Groups which don’t deserve protection and do not protect, need to go.
    Turkey’s got us at their mercy because of their air space.
    I’m with ‘killing a rat”! Right!

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