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  • America Has Stashed Thousands Of Tanks, Artillery In Secret Caves In Norway For War With Russia

    10/23/2016 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 39 replies
    The Sun ^ | October 20, 2016 | By Danny Collins
    US MILITARY chiefs have hoarded masses of military gear in underground Norwegian caves to ward off Vladimir Putin, it is claimed. The US has already announced the deployment of 300 Marines to the Scandinavian country that shares a 120-mile border with Russia. The US military is understood to be hoarding equipment in Norwegian storage centres in the event war breaks out with Russia. The method is similar to the ones used by Nato powers during the Cold War. It comes amid deteriorating relations between Moscow and the US over the former's role supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the country's...
  • Turkey Bombs U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria's Aleppo Province

    10/20/2016 4:57:05 AM PDT · by kimtom · 11 replies ^ | Oct 20 2016 | Alexander Smith
    Link Only Turkey (Nato ally) bombs US backed Kurds!!! (My lead in)
  • Democracy in Turkey

    07/24/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2011 | Dani Rodrik
    Dani Rodrik has just returned from Turkey, shunned while defending his father-in-law, the main defendant in the military coup plot case. The Harvard professor explains his take. IN DECEMBER I traveled to Turkey with my wife and young son, as we do every year during winter break. This time, though, we had more than visiting family and friends in mind. We were on a mission to demonstrate that what many have called the trial of the century in Turkey is in fact a sham built on fabricated evidence. Nearly two hundred Turkish military officers stand accused of having plotted a...
  • NATO Falling Apart Due to Incompatible Weapon Systems, Missing Parts

    10/08/2016 4:56:40 PM PDT · by PIF · 27 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 01:38 09.10.2016 | Not Cited
    Speaking at the annual Association of the US Army conference, the commander of the US Army Europe Ben Hodges revealed some of his concerns regarding the current state of NATO armies. Amid growing escalation of the US-Russia tensions over Syria, cyberattacks and whatnot, fears of all-out war can be heard more and more often. In this light, some of the issues Ben Hodges pointed out sound anecdotal. For example, one of the minor, but nevertheless troubling issues are… refueling nozzles. Who could have thought that armies of the US and Germany use incompatible refueling systems? Thus, if some German brigade...
  • Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama (Baltics now targeted)

    10/08/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    Observer ^ | 10/07/2016 | John R. Schindler
    Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama The KGB officer in the Kremlin seeks one last, grand strategic humiliation for our president before he leaves office By John R. Schindler • 10/07/16 11:00am Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Prince Albert II of Monaco (not pictured) at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 6, 2016. / AFP / POOL AND AFP / YURI KADOBNOV Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images It’s long been obvious that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle view Barack...
  • Obama viewed NATO as a ‘threat’ rather than peace alliance, top U.S. general charges

    09/09/2016 12:59:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/9/16 | Rowan Scarborough
    While in command, the top U.S. general in Europe said President Obama looked at NATO as a warmonger “worry” and “threat” rather than an alliance trying to keep the peace, retired Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, who retired in May, wrote a 2014 series of emails to a think tank official in Washington. The four-star general bemoaned what it was like trying to work with the White House at a time when Vladimir Putin’s troops had invaded Ukraine and was trying to rattle other former Soviet Union puppet states. The emails were acquired by DCLeaks, a new site which earlier...
  • Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army

    08/26/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 26 Aug 2016 16:19 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe’s post-Brexit future. “We must prioritize security, and let’s start by building a common European army,” Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orban, said at talks with Czech, German, Polish and Slovak leaders. […] Leftist Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka, for his part, said that “we should also begin a discussion about creating a common European army.” […] In an early response to Britain’s shock vote to exit the EU, Poland’s powerful rightwing leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski called for EU...
  • As Turkey "Considers Military Cooperation" With Russia, US Said To Move Nukes Out Of Turkey

    08/18/2016 1:45:50 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past month, ever since the "failed" Turkish coup, there has been a dramatic, and surprising, deterioration in the of Turkey with various European states, most notably Austria and Germany, as well as with the US, and NATO in general. This was confirmed once again earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at NATO, in an interview with Russian Sputnik, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. More importantly, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. In the interview, Cavusoglu said that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness...
  • Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara

    08/18/2016 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    RT ^ | August 18, 2016 | Staff
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness shown by NATO to cooperate with Turkey, which is a member of the alliance. "It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system,” he said in an...
  • US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

    08/18/2016 7:38:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 76 replies
    Euractiv ^ | 08/18/16 | Georgi Gotev, Joel Schalit
    EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara . According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. “It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity. According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border. During the failed coup in...
  • Turkey to Release 38,000 Prisoners to Make Room After Coup Attempt

    08/17/2016 7:36:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 17, 2016 8:15 a.m. ET | Thomas Grove
    Turkish authorities have been hard-pressed to find room for the 35,000 people that have been detained since the coup attempt last month that killed more than 270 people. Currently 23,400 people are in custody in connection to coup allegations, a Turkish official said Wednesday. ... Human rights groups and opposition politicians have voiced concerns over the wave of detentions immediately after the coup attempt. Soldiers and officers sympathetic to it were rounded up and detained, handcuffed in their underwear in sports halls and stadiums. ... In the letter, the parliamentarians said they had asked that a delegation be set up...

    08/14/2016 8:38:06 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14, 2016 | Przemek Skwirczynski
    Daniel Kawczynski, Member of Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Chairman of the All Party Group for Poland, is the latest high profile Member of Parliament to call for a change in the relationship between NATO and Russia, specifically asking for a reversal of the military build-up on the Russian and NATO borders and a de-escalation of the recent tensions. Mr. Kawczynski, writing in a letter to the Telegraph newspaper, said whilst acknowledging that many in the London political circles “are suspicious of Russian motives and intentions” and see Russia as “causing concern for European security particularly over her actions in...
  • Biden to visit Turkey following coup attempt

    08/14/2016 5:49:38 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2016, 01:38 pm | Harper Neidig
    Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Turkey later this month to smooth over the administration’s relationship with the NATO ally. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime survived a coup attempt last month and has since been cracking down on journalists, academics and the military in an effort to suppress what it sees as vestiges of the coup movement. The White House said in a release that Biden's stop in Ankara will be part of a three-day trip that also includes visits to Latvia and Sweden.
  • Senator Rand Paul Discusses Potential For Clinton Indictment Based on WikiLeaks Claim

    08/13/2016 10:08:14 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 123 replies ^ | August 13, 2016 | sundance
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has stated his organization believes they are in possession of emails which prove Hillary Clinton was aware of the transfer of weapons from Libya, through Turkey, into Syria. If Assange is accurate, the prior congressional testimony of Clinton becomes another example of her deception and fraud. Rand Paul discusses at the end of this interview segment To understand the scope of the potential behind the WikiLeaks Assange information, it’s critical to understand the facts in/around Libya and Syria in 2011, 2012 through today. The specifics are outlined in the updated Benghazi Brief. The “Benghazi Brief” remains...
  • Ankara Says Receiving ’Positive Signals’ from US on Gulen Extradition

    08/13/2016 10:57:19 AM PDT · by mvonfr · 25 replies
    Turkey said Friday it has received “positive signals” from the United States over its requests to extradite Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of ordering last month’s attempted coup.....
  • Let's get our nuclear weapons out of Turkey

    08/13/2016 5:43:44 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 11, 2016 | Steve Andreasen
    On Feb. 14, 1979, less than one month after the shah of Iran’s exile, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun by Iranian militants. Within hours, it was returned to U.S. hands. Now on notice that our diplomats were stationed on a vulnerable outpost in a sea of anti-Americanism, the Carter administration considered, but rejected, closing the embassy. In October, President Carter permitted the shah – despised by Iranians and the regime that replaced his – to enter the United States. Days later, Iranians climbed the embassy gates again, took the Americans there hostage and demanded the shah’s return, beginning...

    08/11/2016 4:07:46 AM PDT · by · 1 replies
    Defense Express | Valery Ryabykh
    NATO SUMMIT In Warsaw, a regular NATO summit, which many predicted to become "historic" and one that will bring new opportunities for security. So is justified leaders meeting of NATO hopes pinned upon it, and how the world can change the decisions they have taken? It is expected that the Summit did not live romantic dreams, especially those that had hoped that the Alliance now want to see Ukraine. But skeptics said that the weakness of the alliance, the growing contradictions among its members, including on the issue of NATO's relationship with Russia, were not prophets. Based on the analysis...
  • Turkey's Erdogan issues Gulen ultimatum to US

    08/11/2016 8:52:06 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/11/16 | Euan McKirdy and Hande Atay Alam
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to give the United States an ultimatum, demanding the extradition of a cleric he believes is behind the failed July 15 coup attempt. Erdogan said the US would eventually have to choose between its relationship with Turkey and Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has been in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Wednesday.
  • A First: U.S. Special Ops On-Ground in Libya

    08/10/2016 8:26:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies ^ | 10-08-2016 | Spec Ops
    For the first time, elite U.S. Special Operations troops are directly helping fighters combat against ISIS in Libya with on-site support, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. and Libyan officials. A small group of U.S. Special Operations forces are operating together with UK troops in Sirte, a city on the Libyan coast and ISIS’ de facto capital in North Africa. The role of the U.S. troops is limited to backing forces loyal to Libya’s unity Government of National Accord (GNA), The Post noted, quoting U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Last week, the U.S. launched precision...
  • Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

    08/09/2016 9:27:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies ^ | August 9, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    "Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire." To make his case against the "Isolationist Temptation," Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become "a giant gated community." Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country. Why? It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the...
  • Turkey coup: Erdogan backs return of death penalty at vast Istanbul rally

    08/07/2016 7:07:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 7, 2016
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told a vast rally in Istanbul that he would approve the return of the death penalty if it was backed by parliament and the public. He was speaking to at least a crowd of at least a million who had gathered in Turkey's biggest city. The rally followed last month's failed military coup. Mr Erdogan also said the state would be cleansed of all supporters of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric is blamed by the Turkish government for the attempted uprising. He denies any involvement. Religious figures and leaders of two of...
  • Turkish Teacher Detained After Coup Was Tortured, Denied Medical Aid, Will Be Buried as a 'Traitor'

    08/07/2016 5:27:44 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-07-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Gökhan Acikkoglu was, until very recently, a teacher in Turkey. Nobody expected that he would die eight days after a small part of the Turkish army staged a (failed) coup. Yet, that's exactly what happened. After the failed coup Gökhan was arrested by the authorities. Of course, he didn't have anything to do with the coup. After the all, the power grab was carried out by members of the military. Gökhan was sitting at home when it all happened and was just hoping he would be able to continue to teach his students the knowledge they need to succeed in...

    08/02/2016 3:34:44 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Marine Gen. John Allen, a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served this country admirably for more than 36 years. Now he has announced he wants to retire. The 59 year-old former top officer in Afghanistan cited his wife's "chronic" illness and said he wants to devote more time to helping his beloved Kathy cope with serious health problems, including an undisclosed "auto-immune disorder." We join the vast majority of Americans who pray the general's wife will get better, and thank him for his service to this country. But one would have to be pathetically naive not to realize...
  • In Italy, Pelosi plays up NATO ties

    08/01/2016 6:41:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2016 | Mike Lillis
    Greg Nash Visiting Italy this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is emphasizing the importance of maintaining close ties with NATO allies –– an unveiled, if indirect, shot at Donald Trump's vow to make such support conditional. After meeting Monday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and other top officials, Pelosi said the talks focused on "counterterrorism, cyber security and other critical national security topics." She referred to Italy as "our close friend in NATO" and praised Italy's participation in the allied group as vital for promoting global security. “In our meeting with President Mattarella, we thanked him for...
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • Erdogan’s enabling act

    07/31/2016 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Prospero · 8 replies
    Chronicles ^ | July 20, 2016 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Last Saturday, during lunch with Scott Richert and Aaron Wolf at Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, I expressed suspicion that the coup in Turkey—just over 24 hours old at that time, and in the final stages of collapse—was Erdogan’s Reichstag fire: a stage-managed event, carried out by clueless stooges, meant to enhance the power of the manipulative autocrat who was its ostensible target.
  • 1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO’s Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’ amid rumors of coup attempt

    07/30/2016 5:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    RT ^ | July 30, 2016
    Some 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked the Incirlik air base in Adana used by NATO forces, already restricted in the aftermath of a failed coup. Unconfirmed reports say troops were sent to deal with a new coup attempt. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off. Security forces armed with rifles and armored TOMA vehicles used by Turkish riot police could be seen at the site in photos taken by witnesses....
  • NATO commander agrees members should pay up

    07/30/2016 3:50:37 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 14 replies ^ | 7/29/16 | Jamie McIntyre
    Amid the controversy over Donald Trump's demand that NATO nations meet their financial obligations before they expect the United States to defend them, NATO's top commander says he agrees it's important for alliance members to pay their bills. In an interview at the Aspen Security Forum, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said it's something he regularly discusses with other countries.
  • BREAKING: NATO Commander STUNS Media… Vindicates Trump With 1 Sentence!

    07/30/2016 12:44:11 PM PDT · by orchestra · 45 replies
    24NewsFlash ^ | 7/30/2016
    The liberal media has gone ballistic with the news that GOP nominee Donald Trump has called for NATO allies to pay their fair shares. While all this chaos has been occurring, Trump nabbed a new ally for his own corner — Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, also happens to be Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations. In an interview Thursday night at the Aspen Security Forum, this top commander affirmed Trump’s call for monetary compensation from America’s NATO allies, saying that America shouldn’t be shortchanged for the assistance the country provides. “What I tell them typically is that...
  • Alert: U.S. Base in Turkey Under Siege.....

    07/30/2016 9:47:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 42 replies
    Red Flag ^ | July 2016 | lance goodall
    The Turkish Incirlik airbase in Adana, Turkey, which houses NATO forces, U.S. forces and at least 50 nuclear devices, experienced massive protests this week, yet the media and President Barack Obama have been conspicuously silent. Turkish citizens stormed the base, protesting U.S. presence there. RT reported that regional media was covering the protests, and social media reports indicated that there may have been up to 1,000 protesters present. According to RT, protesters were heard yelling anti-America and anti-Israel slogans and seen burning the U.S. and Israeli flag. According to the U.S. State Department, the consulate was closed during the protests.
  • 'NATO HAS NO CHANCE’ Russia’s secret super submarine fleet could be unstoppable...

    07/30/2016 9:46:11 AM PDT · by Signalman · 30 replies
    The Sun ^ | 7/29/2016 | Mark Hodge
    Vladimir Putin is assembling a secret fleet of super submarines which could topple NATO and plunge the world into war. A report by naval experts warns that Russia already has a small but sophisticated army of subs which are capable of launching missile strikes across the globe. The deadly group of stealthy underwater weapons are currently patrolling the world and have already reportedly breached UK waters having approached the Royal Navy’s base in Faslane, Scotland. Russia is stepping up its secret submarine programme to ‘Cold War’ levels and experts warn NATO members “no longer” have the defences to stop the...
  • NATO commander agrees members should pay up

    07/29/2016 5:25:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    In an interview at the Aspen Security Forum, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said it's something he regularly discusses with other countries. "What I tell them typically is that look, we have a people and a Congress with a tough budget as well," Scaparrotti said Thursday night. "So as a leader of another country you have to put your share into this, you have to do that because when I go back to testify to Congress I get asked these questions." . . Scaparrotti, NATO's supreme commander, says as of now only five of the 28 NATO nations are meeting their...
  • Turkish Police Torture, Rape Own Soldiers, Officers, Judges

    07/25/2016 8:06:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 30 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | July 25, 2016 | William Reed
    A new Amnesty report details the horrific torture that thousands have been subjected to since the post-coup round-up. Following the attempted coup in July 15, upon the calls of mosques all across Turkey and of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Binali Yildirim to the Turkish people “to take to the streets and airports,” pro-government Islamists started hunting Turkish soldiers – their own soldiers – in the streets, beating, torturing, lynching them. Torture and beatings of surrendering soldiers continued at police stations, too. In a disturbing video published on social media and some Turkish newspapers, a police officer threatens...
  • Anti-US Sabotage Suspected After Massive Fire Breaks Out Near NATO Headquarters In Turkey

    07/24/2016 6:37:10 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 24, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district, near Izmir, Turkey. The fire broke out on Sunday evening in western Turkey. The fire blew through the grassy wooded area and is now perilously near NATO’s military base pushed forward by strong winds.
  • Paul Craig Roberts Warns "Armageddon Approaches" After German Leak

    07/24/2016 9:48:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/16 | Tyler Druden
    The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany. According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper.   In advance...
  • Turkey – Roger Out

    07/24/2016 1:57:16 PM PDT · by dvan · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 22, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Why NATO has a ticking time bomb on its hands. On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that the purge of thousands in the Turkish military – including a third of the serving generals – did not weaken the military.

Stoltenberg told Reuters, “Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally.”
 It would be interesting to know whether the 1,500 US soldiers who have been locked down at Incirlik Air Base along with several hundred soldiers from other NATO countries since the failed coup Friday night...
  • Trump's Emasculation of Republican Foreign Policy (Barf and Hurl Alert!!!

    07/24/2016 7:17:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | July 24, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    If there has been any constant in the Republican worldview over decades, it's that American strength, resolve and credibility are essential in foreign affairs, and weakness and uncertainty lead straight to disaster. The GOP legions regard Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as failures because they have been insufficiently willing to challenge our adversaries and stand with our friends. "Our allies don't trust us, and our enemies don't fear us" is a claim made by one Republican after another. But the Cleveland convention was a study in dissonance between the bedrock convictions of just about every loyal Republican and the opinions...
  • Donald Trump: EU was formed 'to beat the US at making money'

    07/24/2016 3:21:46 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07-23-2016 | Ben Jacobs
    Donald Trump has claimed that the European Union was created to “beat the United States when it comes to making money” in an interview with NBC News. Speaking to Chuck Todd, whom the Republican nominee has repeatedly berated as “sleepy-eyed”, Trump also said of the EU “the reason that it got together was like a consortium so that it could compete with the United States”. The European Union was founded as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 in an effort to promote strong cross-border ties in Europe and avoid future wars. It has since evolved to a customs...
  • Incirlik Air Base Being Held Hostage

    07/23/2016 8:10:57 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 23 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Incirlik Air Base is located in the Ä°ncirlik quarter of the city of Adana, Turkey. The United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force are the primary users of the base, although it is also used by the Royal Air Force and by the Royal Saudi Air Force. The air base has continued to rely on backup generators since the failed coup plunged the country into crisis. Commercial power was cut to the base in and the airspace above it closed to air traffic within hours of last Friday's attempted military takeover in the NATO country. There is little...
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Turkey – Roger out

    07/22/2016 5:10:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-22-16 | Carolyn Glick
    “Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally.” On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that the purge of thousands in the Turkish military – including a third of the serving generals – did not weaken the military. Stoltenberg told Reuters, “Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally.” It would be interesting to know whether the 1,500 US soldiers who have been locked down at Incirlik Air Base along...
  • NATO allies respond to Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. might not protect them from Russia

    07/21/2016 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Composters Adam Taylor, Michael Birnbaum
    Donald Trump has long suggested that he takes a skeptical view of the United States' alliances. However, in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday evening, the Republican presidential nominee went further than before, appearing to suggest that the United States should not be required to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked. Trump specifically pointed to the Baltic states that sit near Russia's borders and often complain of belligerence from Moscow. He said they would be helped only if they had "fulfilled their obligations to us." For some in those in the Baltic states — Estonia,...
  • Lindsey Graham calls on Trump to clarify NATO dedication statement

    07/21/2016 8:22:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 72 replies
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged Donald Trump to clarify his position on defending European allies after a New York Times article quoted the GOP presidential nominee as not fully supportive of the NATO alliance treaty. “Statements like these make the world more dangerous and the United States less safe,” Graham, R-S.C., said this morning. “I can only imagine how our allies in NATO, particularly the Balkan states must feel after reading these comments from Mr. Trump,” Graham said. “I’m 100 percent certain how Russian President Putin feels – he’s a very happy man.” Trump, in a New York Times interview...
  • Trump: U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend NATO countries attacked by Russia

    07/20/2016 9:52:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies ^ | July 20, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend other NATO countries if they were attacked by Russia. In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Trump essentially said the U.S. would not abide by the military alliance, one provision of which declares an attack on one to be an attack on all.
  • Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack (Praises Erdogan!)

    07/21/2016 5:02:26 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | By DAVID E. SANGER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    For example, asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.” Mr. Trump had nothing but praise for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly authoritarian but democratically elected leader. “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around,” Mr. Trump said of the coup attempt on Friday night. “Some people say that it was...
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • The Hostage Air Base – and Its Hydrogen Bombs

    07/20/2016 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 144 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2016 | Stephen D. Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
    The United States runs its air operations against ISIS in Iraq from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. The base, used by other NATO forces as well, is not American. It is Turkish, and the U.S. needs government permission to fly from there. Since the 15 July coup attempt in Ankara, U.S. forces at Incirlik are essentially hostages to the Turkish government. The Turkish base commander and his aides have been arrested; U.S. personnel are confined to base; outside power has been cut off; and while the U.S. has been permitted to resume operations over Iraq and Syria, it is working...
  • Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed Turkish coup

    07/19/2016 12:51:23 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    reuters ^ | Humeyra Pamuk and Ercan Gurses
    Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities. Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria's chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State. "This parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the...
  • Dependents and Possibly Nukes Staying Put in Turkey: Pentagon

    07/19/2016 9:39:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies ^ | Richard Sisk
    The U.S. Defense Department drew up orders for the evacuation of military dependents from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey as the attempted military coup got underway Friday night but abandoned them as the insurrection quickly collapsed, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Monday. While not confirming the presence of nuclear weapons at Incirlik, Cook also said steps had been taken to boost security for "special weapons" at the base shared with the Turkish Air Force to "keep everything safe, and we're going to continue to do that. As a matter of policy, we don't discuss strategic assets." Arms control...
  • Erdogan Holding U.S. Tactical Nukes At Inkirlink...And Is Hailed As Mahdi

    07/19/2016 8:49:59 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 120 replies ^ | July 18, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    [Original title too long: Erdogan Holding U.S. Tactical Nukes At Inkirlink Taking Control Of The Second Most Powerful Army In NATO And Is Hailed As Mahdi] Turkey, in less than 24 hours was occupied by ErdoganÂ’s pro Muslim Brotherhood militia and entered the U.S. base where tactical nukes at Incirlik are held. Period. Plain and Simple. Yet there are no headlines in any media that reveals this global catastrophe in this way. Why? Even the air base, which is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons, has been invaded by ErdoganÂ’s militia. The militia entered the base in...