Erdogan, the despotic ruler of Turkey, appears to be holding 1,500 U.S. soldiers hostage at Incirlik air base in an attempt to pressure Obama to hand over his political opponent who was exiled to Pennsylvania. Erdogan claims that he ordered and organized the failed coup last night.
Where’s Obama? Out getting a few rounds of golf of course!!!
OK now look, I think we overdo it on the “OMG Obama is playing golf again” outrage. But in this case, I really am outraged. Shouldn’t that self-centered arrogant moron interrupt his golf game to make absolutely sure that 1,500 out of our troops are released quickly and safely?!?
I guess if you’re gonna let terrorists kill 4 Americans, another 1,500 is just a statistic.
And they’re actually accusing America of being behind the coup attempt!!
And saying they will be at WAR WITH US?!
Any country that stands by the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen will not be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with the NATO member, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.
The government said that followers of Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for years, were behind the attempted coup by a faction of the military on Friday.
Bay of Pigs notwithstanding, I seriously doubt we would be behind such a poorly organized coup attempt.
John Kerry says they’ll consider handing over Gulen to Erdogan.
Uh.. just “consider” it? Doesn’t seem like the government has much of a sense of urgency about 1,500 U.S. military hostages, does it?
I’m not saying we should just hand the guy over to Erdogan without any credible evidence that he’s guilty, but we’re the most powerful damn nation on the PLANET!! Why are we letting this pissant push us around and tacitly threaten our military?!
From ABC News:
U.S. troops at Turkey’s Incirlik air base were at the highest force protection level, known as “condition Delta,” after the power was cut off at the base and the Turkish government closed the airspace around the site just hours after a foiled military coup attempt, a U.S. official told ABC News today.
Turkey allows the United States to use the air base for operations associated with its air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
There are 2,200 U.S. personnel in Turkey, including 1,500 stationed at Incirlik.
A Pentagon spokesman said the loss of commercial power to Incirlik has not affected operations because the U.S. facilities there are operating on internal power sources. U.S. officials are working with their Turkish counterparts to resume air operations at the air base. All U.S. government personnel in Turkey appear safe and secure, he added.
“Turkish government has closed its airspace to military aircraft, and as a result air operations at Incirlik Air Base have been halted at this time,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told ABC News. “In the meantime, U.S. Central Command is adjusting flight operations in the counter-ISIL campaign to minimize any effects on the campaign.”
I dunno. This administration seems way too comfy with terrorists attacking an American embassy, terrorist-supporting Iran taking our sailors hostage and humiliating them, and now our supposed ally holding 1,500 U.S. military hostages. Kinda seems like they keep testing us more, doesn’t it?