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August 29, 2018

Dialogue is not Possible When Only One Side Comes to the Table with Demands


Let’s take a look at where relations between the US and Turkey currently stand. The Trump policy of bullying towards Turkey has not changed. Actually, Trump is not different from any other American President. Whether Democrat or Republican, foreign policy does not change.

But Trump, not being a career politician, represents American psychology well. Trump behaves in Rambo style, or, better yet, cowboy mentality. ‘Do what I tell you to.’ This is his approach to both friends and foes. It makes no difference to him.

Trump demands that Turkey free Pastor Brunson or face the consequences. The consequences being the doubling of tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel. This action caused the Turkish Lira to take a downward spiral. In recent weeks the Turkish Lira has lost 40% of its value against the US Dollar.

First, let’s take a look at who Pastor Brunson really is. For the past 23 years he has been living in Izmir, Turkey and speaks fluent Turkish. Few people know that Pastor Brunson was an American retired Special Forces officer and works for the CIA. His activities included the Iraqi war where he masterminded the theft of Saddam’s gold reserves which he brought back to the US. There is Facebook posting relevant to his involvement.

Brunson was also involved with the 2015 failed coup attempt in Turkey. The Turks have voice recordings of Brunson speaking with the FETO group and aiding them in planning the coup. Also they have evidence that Brunson aided the PKK terrorist group.

Despite all this, Vice President Mike Pence give his televised ultimatum to the Turks. “Return Pastor Brunson or face the consequences.” He also thinks that charges against pastor Brunson are bogus and fake. It seems to be only five years ago CIA agent Henry Burke bragged about how he and AKP created fake charges against innocent 247 high military officers including some generals.

Pentagon officials recently traveled to Ankara to meet with their counterparts in an attempt to have a dialogue and try to solve the issues between the two countries. Their demands were the same. They came with the condition that Turks to do what is suitable for American interests.

A dialogue can only be possible if both side do not put conditions on each other and if each side listens to each other’s concerns. But Americans come, they state what they expect Turks to do, and that is the end of the meeting.

America demands that if the Turks buy an S-400 air defense system from Russia, they will put obstacles in the way and prevent Turkey from getting F-35 fighter planes. It must be understood that Turkey, along with nine other countries, is a partner in the consortium which is developing F-35. All the fuselage parts, spare parts, and maintenance of the F-35s are to be done in Turkey. Turkey has paid its portion for developing the Joint Strike Force jets.

Actually, the F-35s are just one of the problems between the US and Turkey. There are other serious issues that threaten Turkish national interests including the US training YPG and PKK terrorists on its southern border. This has created a constant security issue for Turkey.

Let me explain why Turkey will not deviate from acquiring the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. Every country around Turkey has their own air-defense system. Iran have ballistic missiles. In Syria, Russians have their S-400s, besides the fact that Assad has the S-300 systems. Greece has the S-300 systems, as well as Armenia. In Turkey there used to be patriot missiles, but they were withdrawn and now only Spain maintains two batteries of patriots in the southern part of Turkey. Those can only cover a certain portion of the country.

Turkey tried to negotiate with the US to buy patriot missiles, but the US declined to complete the negotiations, resulting in other NATO countries becoming reluctant to cooperate with Turkey. Turkey turned to China and made a deal to buy a Chinese system. The Chinese were willing to produce the system in Turkey, which would have resulted in a technology transfer and many jobs created for the Turkish engineers.

But the US put pressure on Turkey and in the end the Chinese deal did not materialize. Not only that, but Turkey had to convert this deal with the Chinese to other areas of industry. If they had not, Turkish/Chinese relations would have quickly soured.

Now Turkey has made a deal with Russia for their S-400s. It seems American foreign policy makers do not get it. They still demand Turkey, “Do what I tell you or else.” Turks have already made up their minds. Whatever the consequences, Turkey is not obeying America’s demands. Especially now when Germany, France, and England are all trying to make good their relations with Russia.

Turkey have already strengthened its relations with Russia and it’s too late to back out of the S-400 deal. That is what Turkish counterparts told Americans.

I personally don’t think that Pastor Brunson will be released. I also don’t think that Turkey will back out of buying S-400s. As far as F-35s are concerned, Turkey intends to take the matter to the international court. Whether that is effective or not is beside the point. The eyes of the world are on Turkey and Turkey intends to demonstrate the unfairness of America.

Turkey is not going to be a ‘yes man’ anymore. They have already demonstrated this when the US demanded Turkey keep away from Northern Syria. Turkey successfully demonstrated its success in two operations in northern Syria, despite American demands.

The Americans have not accepted the fact that Turkey is looking out for its own national interest regardless of any American demands. Turkey will stay in NATO but it will not do everything NATO demands of it. They call this an uncontrollable NATO member. Whatever the consequences Turkey is prepared.