[ Editor’s Note: Mr. Erdogan is doing what he always does with NATO, holding it hostage to collect the best ransom that he can for Turkey and his own personal political objectives to get him onboard with his vote to bring Finland and Sweden into NATO.
But this whole venture is a fool’s paradise, as the 15 to 1 military superiority that NATO had before this current Ukraine-Russia war will grow even higher, when the odds of Russia attacking a NATO country are about as close to zero as imaginable.
The flip side of that is NATO, which has always been an offensive organization in sheep’s clothing as a defensive one, just puts Russia into a position where it has fewer options to defend itself without going nuclear.
And it has a huge arsenal to send presents to all the NATO countries that thought they could asset strip Russia. So silly me, I would suggest that NATO can be a risk to everyone’s security, and they have a track record to prove it.
Just look at the devastation inflicted on ‘other countries’ in all the NATO engagements where no real security threats existed. Look at the money generated by the warmongers that flowed into all the political campaigns that voted the ‘correct’ way on funding.
NATO has left a modern trail of tears, in the form of a crushing national debt on future generations. It’s a great irony that what no enemy was able to inflict upon us, our own political class, banksters and war grifters have. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
First printed Might 21, 2022
With its opposition to NATO bids, Ankara might be vying to additionally get the US to unblock a serious fighter jet buy, whereas scoring political factors at dwelling.
Regardless of robust discuss from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey is more likely to finally greenlight NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. The navy alliance will simply should pay a worth first.
Ankara has raised objections to the 2 Nordic nations’ bids to hitch NATO, blocking the group from continuing with the accession course of. Turkish officers have accused each Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish “terrorists” — a difficulty associated to a militant group in Turkey — whereas additionally expressing issues about arms export restrictions.
“NATO is a safety alliance, and Turkey is not going to agree on jeopardizing this safety,” the Turkish chief mentioned earlier this week.
…“The worth is unknown in the intervening time, however that there can be a worth is obvious,” mentioned Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, a former head of NATO.
…“That worth may nicely be that the People elevate their block on F-16s,” De Hoop Scheffer mentioned.
…“We will’t clear up this drawback” by merely smoothing out the Washington-Ankara relationship, mentioned Sinan Ülgen, a former Turkish diplomat.