Updates at the end.
h/t Harvey Miller
Turkey is sitting on the sidelines, with a fully combat ready army, watching the slaughter of Kurds by ISIS. It seems as inexplicable as our ineffective political war, but it’s not. The explanation lies in a feckless and cowardly U.S. foreign policy.
The U.N. has warned that thousands of Kurds are about to be slaughtered and no one is stepping in with any real intention of stopping it.
Vice President Joe Biden told the truth last week. He had to take it back and he probably shouldn’t have said it publicly, but his bemoaning the treachery by our alleged allies was a moment of clarity.
He told an audience at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government that ISIS had been strengthened by Turkey, the U.A.E. and Arab allies who were supporting the insurgency against Syria’s president, Bashar-al-Assad.
He suggested that these same countries were supplying weapons to al Qaeda, al Nusra and its offshoots.
“They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad,” Biden said at the time.
“Except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
“We could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them,” Biden said.
Specifically addressing Turkey, Biden said, “‘President Erdogan told me…he’s an old friend…said, ‘You were right. We let too many people (including foreign fighters) through.’ Now they are trying to seal their border.'”
Erdoğan denied it and Biden apologized but the truth has a way of looking like the truth when it leaks out.
Stories about this funding and arming of terrorists by our allies have been known for years. We were party to it in Benghazi.
After Mr. Obama drew the red line, a chemical attack took place and was pinned on Bashar al Assad only there were reports to the contrary. One exposé by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Seymour Hersch, revealed that the attack came from the extremists in the rebel camp, the very people we too have inadvertently backed. It was later proven, not only by U.N. sampling but other sources, that rebels, probably backed by Erdoğan, fired the chemical weapons.
The implications in Hersch’s report, The Red Line and the Rat Line, were that Turkey, which took part in supplying the insurgents, were directly behind the attack in order to get the U.S. into the war against Assad.
Hersh’s allegations condemn the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan for political and military manipulation. Yet the sins of Erdoğan’s administration seem to be an outgrowth of America’s own self-destructive foreign policy.
The rat line supplied the insurgents against Assad and was funded by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and executed by the CIA in conjunction with the UK’s MI6.
The assessment of the Defense Intelligence Agency is that the sarin was supplied by Turkey to elements in Ghouta, where the attack occurred, with the intent of “push[ing] Obama over the red line.” Intercepted transmissions from Turkish operators in the aftermath of the attack were jubilant, and the success of their covert mission must have seemed well in hand. Obama’s implicit call to war in the coming month was proof of that.
The United States did not enter the war and Turkey has to find another way. The answer lies with the Kurds as they struggle to survive and face massacre, Turkey has said they will only help militarily if the U.S. vows to defeat Assad.
The Kurds who are suffering right on his border were supporters of Assad because he protected them as he protected the Christians who are now being annihilated. They align with the Turkish Kurds who want to separate from Turkey. The Kurds aren’t Erdoğan’s favorite people.
The Kurds are the most reliable people in the region who deserve a territory of their own but they have been repeatedly abandoned by everyone, especially the West.
Turkey will not help the Kurds of Kobane though they are right on their border because they see it as a way of getting the U.S. to agree to topple Assad in exchange for their help. They won’t relent on that demand despite the fact that they will have an ISIS caliphate on their border.
Erdoğan is a treacherous and unreliable partner. He courts Iran while asking for entry into the EU. He has altered the country’s constitution to make his office into the most powerful in Turkey.
He has squashed the secular Turkish military and replaced its leadership with Islamists of questionable military ability.
He has destroyed his country’s once close relationship with Israel.
In five years, he has gone from being Assad’s friend to demanding his removal.
Turkey, once a secular nation that was once a tourist getaway for people from all over the world, is now a “Democratic” Islamic nation – an impossible combination of ideologies.
Turkey’s once-close friendship with Egypt is now strained because Erdoğan strongly supported the terrorist group – the Muslim Brotherhood – as did the United States.
He has funded and verbally supported Hamas. Most of the cement used to build secret tunnels from Gaza to Israel came from Turkey.
Perhaps Erdoğan hopes to one day rule a new Ottoman Empire. He is risking ISIS on his border to get the U.S. involved and why should he do more if we won’t?
The one ethnic group we should have supported were the Kurds but we haven’t. They now flee en masse from their lands and thousands are expected to be slaughtered in the most inhumane way within the next few days as Turkey’s army, now larger than ours thanks to Barack Obama, sits motionless watching the genocide in Kobane.
The United States is conducting a minuscule bombing campaign of only five to ten raids a day, bombing trucks and Humvees, causing little more than a temporary scurrying by ISIS. We are an annoyance to ISIS, nothing more.
Kurds have been betrayed repeatedly over the centuries but they still survive. They have been the victims of genocide before, particularly under Saddam Hussein. When deals were cut to give territory to every group of people in the region, the Kurds were the only ones not given land. As we supply arms to fighters in the region, some of whom are terrorists, we have refused to supply any to the Kurds directly, relying on Iraq leadership to dispense the arms to them though we know they will not. Only one planeload of arms has reached the Kurds. Ninety percent of the Kurds don’t even have helmets.
Turkey’s treachery is our treachery, perhaps inadvertent, but the direct result of a feckless foreign policy of a detached United States without intel, without moral guidelines, without an army governing our actions in the region.
We had the power to stop the slaughter but we didn’t. We told Turkey to do it.
Stuff happens should be our new national motto.
U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said. “The tragic reality is that in the course of doing that [implementing our teeny and political air campaign to degrade ISIS] there are going to be places like Kobani where we may or may not be able to be effective.”
Tsk, tsk, stuff happens.
“They must do it themselves,” Mr. Obama asserts as he arms terrorists, cuts our army back to pre-World War II levels, and attends as many as four to five fundraisers in a day.
Update:10/13:14:Lawrence of Arabias who masquerade as journalists, religious men, writers, and terrorists.
British officer T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, helped Arab leaders fight a guerrilla insurgency against the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the desert during World War I.
It stands to reason that the wannabe Sultan wouldn’t like Lawrence of Arabia.