09-06-2016, 02:10 PM
Since the coup, it's been difficult to ascertain whether Erdogen is moving east or staying with NATO. The day of Biden's visit was the day Turkey invaded Syria (so I assume the U.S. gave him the green light to do this as an apology for trying to overthrow him - or at the least to try to smooth things over for holding on to Gulen).
I've read 3 regiments at Incirlik Air Base who were part of NATO's rapid response force and were close to the CIA were the regiments Erdogen first got rid of. That seems to give at least some indication that the forces closest to the U.S. were those involved in the failed coup. But I wonder if there has been any other indications of whether or not the U.S. was the silent actor behind this coup?
There have been statements that Russia tipped off Erdogen before the coup actually occurred, and other statements that Erdogen himself orchestrated this whole coup to get rid of parts of his government that he did not like. But if either of these were true, I would have thought Turkey would have been, by now, showing some tendency of moving eastward. Yet I see no proof of this -- in fact reports are showing Turkey pushing their own agenda in Jarablus over the locals which, if Erdogen had realigned with Russia/Syria, would most likely not have taken place. And I find it difficult to believe after Turkey was a key player in the facilitation of the destruction of Syria through backing the Jihadis that Assad would quickly accept his apology after seeing hundreds of thousands of his own people killed because of it.
For the life of me I cannot figure out, however, what would be the incentive for the CIA/Pentagon to back a coup of Erdogen's government after Turkey (unfortunately) was a reliable partner in the game to de-stabilze Syria. Additionally why would the secular Turkish military link up with Gulen who is a sharia-law cheerleader? That relationship makes no sense.
Anyway, just trying to read the tea leaves: is it your opinion that the U.S. government was behind the recent failed coup in Turkey? yes/no/not sure.