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August 27, 2016
Biden speaks in Turkey. Ouch.
The U.S. is in a tight spot, mostly of its own making, as regards relations with post-coup attempt Turkey. And Vice President Joe Biden just made it tighter, slandering Americans in the process. U.S. forces at Turkey’s Incirlik air base – which contains American nuclear weapons – are operating under close to siege conditions. At least one government-aligned Turkish newspaper suggested that the nukes be confiscated by Ankara, and Turkey’s prime minister announced that Incirlik is open to other countries fighting ISIS – specifically including Russia. The need to shore up U.S.-Turkish relations is clear. But at what cost? Biden’s groveling to the Turkish government was cringe-worthy and destructive of American ends. First, he threatened Kurdish forces with a loss of American support. They “cannot, will not, and under no circumstances will get American support if they do not keep” what he said...(Read Full Post)