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Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment Coming In Turkey

If you only knew about the recent attempted coup in Turkey from the reports of the establishment media you might not understand that the coup was intended to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan whose dictatorial regime is sympathetic to, if not yet completely controlled by, Muslim Brotherhood Islamists. 

This would put the coup plotters in the same “good guy” category as General, now President, Abdel ObamaFattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who led a coup to overthrow his Muslim Brotherhood predecessor Mohamed Morsi. 

No one who is a regular CHQ reader will need to be reminded that Obama and various establishment Republicans, such as Senators John McCain and Linsey Graham, supported the Muslim Brotherhood regime against the secular coup in Egypt. 

So it will surprise no one who is a regular CHQ reader to learn that Obama supported the Islamist incumbent regime against the anti-Islamist or secular coup plotters in Turkey – and that in Turkey the coup quickly collapsed. 

Pragmatists in the national security and diplomatic establishment will no doubt argue that it would have been folly to openly support a coup-plotters in Turkey, a member of NATO whose cooperation is important to the fight against ISIS, and they might be right – for the moment. 

However, history tells us that there can be no real or lasting cooperation with Islamist regimes. 

In 1979 after the Shah of Iran abdicated and left the country, Jimmy Carter and his administration attempted to establish normal relations with the new Islamic Republic of Iran. Consequently, in the interest of establishing good relations with the new Islamic Republic, one of their first acts post the Shah’s abdication, was to refuse the Shah entry into the United States, despite the entreaties of the Shah’s various friends and supporters, including David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and former President Gerald Ford. 

Despite the positive overtures from Carter and his diplomatic team less than a month after the Shah’s departure the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was attacked and temporarily overrun by a group of “students” who held the embassy staff hostage for a brief time, they subsequently relinquished the Embassy at the behest of Prime Minister Mehdi Barzargan and Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi. 

And when, after consultation with the new Iranian government, the Shah was ultimately admitted to the United States on humanitarian grounds for treatment of his terminal cancer, on November 4, 1979 the U.S. Embassy was again attacked and occupied by a group of “students,” among whose leaders was future president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 

Iran's de facto ruler, the radical Shia cleric Ayatollah Khomeini, publicly supported the students and was said to be overjoyed at the situation even as Iran’s civil government claimed to be working for their release. 

What has this to do with Turkey and the recent attempted coup? 

In the wake of the coup attempt, several military officials at the Incirlik Air Base, including its commander, General Bekir Ercan Van, were arrested on treason charges by Turkish authorities, which claimed that one of the rogue F-16 planes taking part in the rebellion to overthrow Erdogan’s government had been refueled there. 

According to media reports, the general had even reportedly attempted to seek asylum in the US, but his plea was apparently rejected. 

Then, at the end of last week, a huge rally marched towards Incirlik Air Force Base, as people with loudspeakers chanted “Allahu Akbar” and “Go Home USA” and anti-Israel slogans.  

The demonstrators claim that the US had a hand in the failed July 15 coup attempt in which 270 people died. Tens of thousands of people, including members of the military, police, judiciary, media, and civil service, have been arrested in connection with the coup, which Turkish officials say was organized by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen,* Erdogan’s former ally, who is now his most hated rival. 

Now, according to reports, thousands of Turkish “protestors” still remain outside Incirlik Air Force Base, a key facility in the war against ISIS and home to a substantial US presence, including at least 50 Cold War-era nuclear weapons (some reports say 90) presently secured by American personnel. 

These thousands of allegedly civilian protestors are being augmented by some 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles who are there to conduct what a Turkish minister called a “security check.”  

At the same time all of this is going on Turkish President Erdoğan has demanded the United States extradite Gulen, who is in exile in Pennsylvania, and reinstituted the death penalty for treason. 

As a member of NATO Turkey is under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, but those old Cold War motivations and calculations are now obsolete. With Iran well on the way to a nuclear weapon and regional hegemony, to say nothing of its claim to leadership of the Islamic world, taking the role of regional and Muslim counterweight to Iran may be Erdoğan’s goal, and what better way to confirm that claim than securing 50 to 90 nuclear weapons?** 

President Obama is closing in on a Jimmy Carter moment when Erdoğan will demand Gulen’s extradition and the price of refusal may very well be the security of Incirlik Air Force Base and its nuclear arsenal. If Gulen’s extradition is the end game of the protests at Incirlik does anyone think Obama is up to the job? 

* Fethullah Gulen is by no means a “good guy” by our definition. But some elements within the Obama national security apparatus seem to think Gulen is a “moderate Islamist” who furthers their agenda, despite his incendiary preaching against Jews, Christians, the United States, and Western Europe. 

**The nuclear weapons at Incirlik are, according to open sources, B-61 “dumb bombs” but still fairly sophisticated and of course from the standpoint of countering Iran better than no nuclear weapons at all.

George Rasley is editor of ConservativeHQ, a member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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Obama's Jimmy Carter moment coming in Turkey

Now that Obama is about to leave office a lame duck we must elect a president with conservative principles as Mr. Donald Trump who will double down on countries that support radical Islamic terrorism and ISIS. We can't
afford another four years of Hillary Clinton in the White House who's foreign policy will be a disaster for the U.S. she is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood along with some of the Establishment Republicans who also supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Conservative Republicans in Congress must do everything in their power to support Turkey's President Erdogan who want's extradition of Fethullah Gulen The US shouldn't be threatened by it's enemies that the Obama administration supports. Gulen must be returned to Turkey to face charges for treason and President Erdogan should get the support he needs from the U.S. because Turkey is one of the U.S. major ally in the Middle East.

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