Foreign Policy writes that the Obama admin, SO HAPPY
AND RELIEVED to have a deal where Islamist, and therefore racist Turkey
(which already has ONE genocide to its credit) is ‘ALLOWING’ use of
(most likely of the large NATO Incirlik) base(s) for air support
immediately trumpeted this cooperation, embarrassing the Turks so badly
(since they and their people- by election(s) - are actually on the other
side of this struggle) that they DENIED it.
Who would want to be the ally of a nation that abandons allies for
domestic political reasons in a fight against people whose first action
after you hesitate to convert to their religion is to slice off your
head with a kitchen knife on TV, pour encourager les autres?
In its excitement to trumpet the coalition against the
Islamic State, the U.S. is outing partners before they’re ready to go
The Obama administration
insists that it has a large and growing coalition of nations arrayed to
fight the Islamic State. If a new diplomatic blowup with Turkey is any
example, though, the alliance may be far less robust than Washington
The latest row concerns the key question of whether Turkey, which
hosts a sprawling American air base, will let U.S. warcraft fly from it
into Iraq and Syria to batter the militant group. U.S. officials said
Sunday that Ankara had given the green light. Less than a day later,
Turkish officials categorically denied that they’d agreed to allow their
bases to be used against the terror group.
The conflicting versions of events from the two allies have one of
two causes. One is political: The White House is eager to show a
war-weary American public that the United States won’t be fighting
alone, but many Middle Eastern countries don’t want to rile up their own
populations by advertising their roles in the coalition. The other is a
more basic and troubling one: that Washington may be consistently
misreading its partners and overestimating just how committed they are
to the fight.
The Turkey dispute revolves around the use of the country’s bases by
coalition forces to fly airstrikes and surveillance missions against
ISIS (as the Islamic State is also known) in Iraq and Syria. But Ankara
wasn’t the only capital to experience a fit of stage fright after its
potential involvement in the anti-ISIS coalition went public.
In September, when Foreign Policy reported details of a secret offer by
the nation of Georgia to host a training camp for anti-ISIS fighters,
the story prompted a strong public backlash in Tbilisi due to security
concerns for the tiny Caucasian nation of 4.5 million. Within 24 hours,
Georgian officials denied having made any such offer.
"I categorically rule out any military participation or training base
in Georgia," Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said.