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US policy BACKFIRES: why Turkey may buy Russian Su-57s instead of US F-35 jets

The US Strategy to get Turkey to buy NATO weapons instead of Russian: Threaten NOT to sell them NATO weapons?

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It looks like US Policy may have just backfired royally in the Middle East (yet again); the latest reports indicate that Turkey may purchase Russian Su-57s, if the US suspends their deliveries of the F-35s.

According to Tass news, citing Turkish paper YeniSafak:

Turkey is looking at buying Russian Su-57 fighter jets in case the United States refuses to sell its F-35 warplanes, Turkey’s YeniSafak reported on Sunday.

Nevertheless, according to the newspaper, Ankara is not planning to abandon its right to US fighter jets, with deliveries expected to begin in June. Turkey has launched a discussion about a possible replacement to US planes and Russian-made Su-57 jets are seen as a good alternative as they are nearly half-price as compared with US F-35 planes, YeniSafak said, not specifying however the level of discussion.

These tensions over arms sales between Ankara and Washington all seemingly began, when Turkey purchased the S-400 air defense system from Russia, rather than buying a NATO model.

Sputnik news noted that deal triggered a major disagreement between the US and Turkey, in which the US did everything they could to sabotage the deal, including threatening sanctions. President Putin slammed these attacks on Turkey’s right to make their own decisions about their defense, as well as Washington’s attempt at sabotaging the deal saying:

“Turkey, a NATO ally, has decided to buy the world’s most advanced air defense system in its class, the S-400. So what? Why is it a crime?” Putin was quoted as saying by Anadolu at a meeting with global news agencies in St.Petersburg. “This is certainly unfair,” Russian President added.

To NATO, and the US, this was indeed a crime, as it threatened the hegemony of their military industrial complex.

The US threatened not only sanctions, but on Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a draft of its annual defense policy bill, implied that the delivery of F-35 jets to Turkey could be suspended, as a result of Ankara’s S-400 deal with Russia.

I have previously reported on the US State Department’s less than enthusiastic feelings about Turkey’s S-400 deal with Russia.

US is FURIOUS Turkey bought Russian S-400 Missiles – State Dept.

Needless to say, Washington was livid at Turkey’s decision, and as the above article here at The Duran, describes, the S-400 deal was so controversial, the US warned that going through with it could trigger sanctions against Turkey, barring it from purchasing the F-35s. I said in the article:

The [S-400] deal certainly reflects modern trends in relations, one should not imply Turkey is only trading with Moscow to spite NATO. The reality is likely in between; if the Russian rockets weren’t top of the line, or if relations with Moscow were at an all-time low, there would be no deal, regardless of the quality of the S-400s. Likewise, if NATO made a far superior product, or if Turkey was 100% under NATO control, they would have bought NATO interoperable systems, which US Defense Secretary Mattis noted would not include the S-400s.

The RT report continues:

Earlier in April, Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell warned that Ankara’s decision to buy Russia’s advanced complexes exposes Turkey to possible US sanctions and may bar it from getting F-35 jets. “Ankara claims to have agreed to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system, which could potentially lead to sanctions” under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), he said. The document was signed back in August 2017 and is mostly aimed at hindering Russian arms exports.

If the US chooses not to deliver to Turkey, the F-35 jets they ordered, this may backfire horribly for Washington, and the reason is obvious.

Turkey already didn’t want Western air defenses, choosing Russian ones instead. Not delivering Turkey their US jets may just push them to buy Russian jets as well.

The US wants Turkey to buy from them and not Russia so badly – they’re willing to prevent Turkey from buying from them, as punishment for buying from Russia.

Here is a pro tip: When you’re angry at someone for not buying one of your products, don’t antagonize them, by threatening not to deliver a product they already purchased! It likely won’t make them change their mind, but it just may result in them never wanting to deal with you again!

The US wants Turkey to buy their NATO air defenses, not simply because they deeply love Turkey, but because they want all NATO members to buy NATO hardware. Their strategy to stop Turkey from buying Russian hardware, and make them buy NATO – threaten NOT to sell Turkey NATO hardware!

Absolutely brilliant – it’s not like Turkey literally just demonstrated they’re willing to buy Russian arms when it suits their interests!

The US desperately wants to keep Turkey as an ally, mainly because of their strategic location – along with Russia, Turkey is the only country which truly connects Europe and Asia.

The Turkish control of Constantinople was always a thorn in the side of Russia, not only due to its implications for Orthodox Christians, but due to the strategic location of the Bospherous, hindering the warm water port of Russian Crimea’s access to the world oceans.

Now, with Turkey bordering Russia’s ally, and regional keystone Syria, its importance in the region has only magnified.

As a result, you would think the US would do everything they could to restore friendship with Turkey; instead, they prefer talking down to Ankara, as if she has no other options.

Very odd, considering that an alliance between Ankara and Russia would be terrible for NATO; you would think NATO would instead do everything in their power to make Turkey feel like they are friendly.

Instead, the spirit in the west is largely negative towards Turkey. The Washington Times wrote an article about this situation slamming Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his Turkey as “Islamist”. Funny, how the U.S. seems to have no issues befriending Islamists when it suits them. It seems so long as a nation buys NATO weapons, they are pro-democracy even if they use the weapons for genocide.

In the article, the Washington Time’s also praised Putin’s diplomacy, saying:

The speed and skill with which Russian president Vladimir Putin pulled Turkey back into Moscow’s orbit after the shootdown of a Russian attack jet in Syria by a Turkish F-16, has been dramatic and breathtaking.

They went onto say that Washington shouldn’t sell the F-35s to Turkey, saying that Turkey’s NATO membership is a “fraud”, and they can’t be trusted with the secrets of the F-35, which is particularly skilled at catching fire, and costing US taxpayers trillions. Shhh…it’s a secret.

While they frame the idea of not selling Turkey the F-35s as coming from strength, in reality, its a major blunder, that could backfire terribly, not unlike the F-35, which often literally catches fire.

The US and NATO really need Turkey to remain their ally, yet the US is seemingly doing everything in their power that could possibly drive Turkey away, and indirectly into Russia’s arms.

It’s almost as if US Foreign Policy in general, has been designed to sabotage relations with its allies, considering recent events in Europe.

‘With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?’, says EU Council President

Lately, US Policy has (indirectly) undermined the unity between the US and its allies, primarily because it’s based on the notion of US exceptionalism, and a strong confidence their allies will always obey. Things appear to be changing.

Germany will ‘fight’ for its interests in face of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy, says Economic Minister

The way the US is treating Turkey could surely backfire, and possibly drive Turkey closer to Russia. For any aspiring military industrial complex tycoons out there, take note, this is exactly how NOT, to get people to buy your stuff.


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The F-35 is a piece of junk. Turkey should cancel the F-35 deal and ask for payment. Its rubbish. The F-35 https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-f-35-14-trillion-dollar-national-disaster-19985 The F-35 is 1.4 Trillion dollar national disaster.

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The US is a terrorist country. ISIS created by US, Al-Qeda created by US, The kurdish terrorist organizations created by US. The US is behind every terrorist organization. Every country should stop alliances with the terrorist US.
How The US Empire Has Colluded With al-Qaeda For 30 Years To Bring Terror To The World
https://www.sott.net/article/375959-How-The-US-Empire-Has-Colluded-With-al-Qaeda-For-30-Years-To-Bring-Terror-To-The-World
America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group
https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881
US keeps stealing Iraq’s oil despite Mattis comments: Analyst
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/02/21/511410/ExxonMobil-stealing-Iraq-oil-Gordon-Duff
As long as the US military stay in the ME, THEIR TERROR AND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WILL NEVER END.

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It’s Back to the Iran-Contra Days Under Trump

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela.

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Showing that he is adopting the neoconservative playbook every day he remains in office, Donald Trump handed the neocons a major win when he appointed Iran-contra scandal felon Elliott Abrams as his special envoy on Venezuela. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information on the secret sale of US weapons for cash to help illegally supply weapons to the Nicaraguan right-wing contras, who were battling against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Abrams would have headed to a federal prison, but President George H. W. Bush, an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal, issued pardons to Abrams and his five fellow conspirators – former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and former Central Intelligence Agency officials Alan Fiers, Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, and Clair George – on Christmas Eve 1991, during the final weeks of Bush’s lame duck administration.

Abrams escaped being charged with more serious crimes by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh because he cut a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors. Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for cooperating federal witnesses, would have normally called Abrams a “rat,” a gangster term meaning informant. The man who helped engineer the pardons for Abrams and his five convicted friends was none other than Bush’s Attorney General, William Barr, who has just been sworn in as Trump’s Attorney General. Trump, who is always decrying the presence of the “deep state” that thwarts his very move, has become the chief guardian of that entity.

During a recent hearing of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, newly-minted congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, reminded her colleagues and the world about the sordid background of Abrams.

Omar zeroed in on Abrams’s criminal history:

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.”

Abrams, as is the nature of neocons, refused to respond to Omar and cited her comments as “personal attacks.”

Abrams’s and his fellow criminals’ use of mercenaries and “death squads” to conduct secret wars in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s has made a re-entrance under Trump. Abrams was brought on board by neocons like National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to oversee a US military build-up in Colombia, said to be 5000 US troops, to support Venezuelan paramilitary and military efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Abrams and Bolton are also believed to have retained the services of another unindicted conspirator in the Iran-contra affair, Michael Ledeen, a colleague of the disgraced and convicted former Trump National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Ledeen and Flynn co-authored a book titled, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies.” The book contains nothing more than the standard neocon tripe one might expect from the likes of Ledeen.

An official investigation of the Iran-contra scandal by the late Republican Senator John Tower of Texas concluded that Abrams’s and Ledeen’s friend, Iranian-Jewish middleman Manucher Ghorbanifar, a long-time Mossad asset and well-known prevaricator, was extremely instrumental in establishing the back-channel arms deals with Iran. Ghorbanifar has long been on the CIA “burn list” as an untrustworthy charlatan, along with others in the Middle East of similar sketchy credentials, including the Iraq’s Ahmad Chalabi, Syria’s Farid “Frank” Ghadry, and Lebanon’s Samir “Sami” Geagea. These individuals, however, were warmly embraced by neocons like Abrams and his associates.

Abrams, whose links with Israeli intelligence has always been a point of consternation with US counter-intelligence officials, is part of an old cabal of right-wing anti-Soviet Democrats who coalesced around Senator Henry Jackson in the 1970s. Along with Abrams, this group of war hawks included Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, William Kristol, Douglas Feith, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Abram Shulsky, and Paul Wolfowitz. Later, this group would have its fingerprints on major US foreign policy debacles, ranging from Nicaragua and Grenada to Lebanon, Iraq, and Libya. Later, in December 2000, these neocons managed to convince president-elect George W. Bush of the need to “democratize” the Middle East. That policy would later bring not democracy but disaster to the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela. They have old scores to settle with Nicaraguan President Ortega. The initiation of “regime change” operations in Nicaragua, supported by the CIA and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, have been ongoing for more than a year.

The Trump administration has already achieved a regime change victory of sorts in El Salvador. Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of San Salvador, who was expelled from the formerly-ruling left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation (FMLN) party and joined the right-wing GANA party, was recently elected president of El Salvador. Bukele has quickly re-aligned his country’s policies with those of the Trump administration. Bukele has referred to President Maduro of Venezuela as a “dictator.” He has also criticized the former FMLN government’s recognition of China and severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan. It will be interesting to see how a sycophant like Bukele will politically survive as Trump continues to call hapless asylum-seeking migrants from his country, who seek residency in the United States, “rapists, gang monsters, murderers, and drug smugglers.”

Another country heading for a US-installed “banana republic” dictator is Haiti. President Jovenal Moise has seen rioting in the streets of Port-au-Prince as the US State Department removed all “non-essential” personnel from the country. Moise, whose country has received $2 billion in oil relief from Venezuela, to help offset rising fuel prices, has continued to support the Maduro government. However, at the US-run and neo-colonial artifice, the Organization of American States (OAS), Moise’s envoys have been under tremendous pressure to cut ties with Venezuela and recognize the US puppet Juan Guaido as Venezuelan president. Moise’s refusal to do so resulted in armed gangs hitting the streets of Port-au-Prince demanding Moise’s resignation. It is the same neocon “regime change” playbook being used in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

There will be similar attempts to replace pro-Maduro governments in his remaining allies in the region. These include Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Abrams was also brought in as an adviser on Middle East policy in the George W. Bush administration. The carnage of Iraq is a stark testament to his record. In 2005, it was reported that two key Bush White House officials – Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams – gave a “wink and a nod” for the assassinations by Israeli-paid operatives of three key Lebanese political figures seeking a rapprochement with Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah – Member of Parliament Elie Hobeika, former Lebanese Communist Party chief George Hawi, and former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2008, a United Nations panel headed by former Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare later concluded Hariri was assassinated by a “criminal network” and not by either Syrian and Lebanese intelligence or Lebanese Hezbollah as proffered by Abrams and his friends in Washington.

Representative Omar was spot on in questioning why Abrams, whose name is as disgraced as his two fellow conspirators – Oliver North and John Poindexter – whose criminal convictions were overturned on appeal, is working for the Trump administration on Venezuela. The answer is that the neocons, who can sense, like raptors, Trump’s political weakness, have filled the vacuum left by top-level vacancies in the administration.

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Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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Labour MP split is a cheap and final ploy to derail BREXIT (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 179.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a small group of UK Labour MPs decision to quit the party and sit as Independent MPs in the house of commons.

Their excuse for leaving Labour was directed at leader Jeremy Corbyn for presiding over an “institutionally anti-Semitic” party. The real reason they are leaving Labour is because they are staunch remain MPs and are hoping to derail Brexit.

The seven Labour MPs quitting the party to become ‘The Independent Group’, are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

RT reports that Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree took to the stage first, to claim that she could not stay in the party any more because it had become “institutionally anti-Semitic.”

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, a prominent ‘People’s Vote’ advocate appealed to all MPs, not just Labour, to join their group, as the current parties are part of the problem, not the solution.

He argued that “It is time we dumped this country’s old fashioned politics.” Umunna claimed the UK needed a political party “fit for the hear and now” and the “first step in leaving the tribal politics behind.”

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Twitter has been rocked by the sudden departure of seven Labour MPs to form their own Independent Group, with party supporters feverishly debating whether the move is better for the party, or a wake-up call to Jeremy Corbyn.

Former shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna along with MPs Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey have all jumped ship in the biggest Labour Party split since 1981, when the so-called “gang of four” left to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

In a press conference, Umunna stated that the established parties “cannot be the change because they have become the problem” arguing that it is “time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics.”

Jewish MP Luciana Berger said she was “embarrassed and ashamed” at what the Labour Party had become and criticized her former party for becoming “sickeningly institutionally racist.”

“I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other,” she added.

Reaction to the news online has been a mixture of shock and dismay, to outright derision. Some Labour supporters were quick to delight in the departures, suggesting the party will be stronger without detractors undermining it from within.

Others though said it was time for Jeremy Corbyn to take the criticism seriously.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users commented on Young Labour’s somewhat barbed response to the situation.

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