A result of Trump's pullout: Turkey unmasked

President Trump should immediately convene an emergency NATO Ministers meeting.

Mark Langfan, | updated: 22:24

OpEds A view of the Suruc refugee camp in Turkey, which houses some 35,000 Syrian refugees.
A view of the Suruc refugee camp in Turkey, which houses some 35,000 Syrian refugees.
Mark Langfan

With President Donald Trump as our Intelligence analyst, who needs all the hundreds if not thousands of CIA and Military Intelligence personnel? President Trump is a one-man real-time military intelligence laboratory. 

If not for Trump's move, think how many conferences would have taken place, how many secret and totally misguided intelligence briefs would have been written on whether Turkey had fully evolved into an Islamic caliphate and an implacable arch-enemy of NATO. Turkey is a member of NATO and therefore supposed to be an ally, not a genocidal Islamic regime. 

Strategic practical businessman Donald Trump cuts through all the fog of US and Turkish military alliance inertia, and gives Turkey’s would-be "Caliph" Erdogan all the rope he needs to hang himself, exposing Turkey for what that country has become - the principal enemy of NATO at the gates of Europe. 

Trump has exposed the real threat to America and NATO: Turkey.  Why fight Islamic State in Syria, when Trump has  just called out the real Islamic State of "Ottoman" Turkey?

As for those people attacking President Trump for temporarily stepping aside the 50 American troops in Northern Syria, I have one question: Was President Trump supposed to let American soldiers get killed by this so-called NATO Ally while defending Northern Syria when neither the House nor the Senate had passed an authorization of the use-of-force for President Trump to sign? 

Congress may have passed meaningless and totally worthless resolutions, but, if these legislators really meant to defend the Kurds, Congress should have passed a use-of-force law for the President to sign, expressly authorizing the President to defend the Northern Syrian Kurds. 

In that case, Congress would have had to debate the national security value of defending the Kurds. And that would have meant the American people would have been been informed of the debate. That is what we mean by the Democratic Process, but nstead, the feckless legislators are going for President Trump’s jugular vein, calling him a “traitor” for not having American soldiers die at the hands of Turkey.  

What, then, should America do? The most important thing to do is to haul the B-61 nuclear gravity bombs out of Incirlik NATO Airbase in Turkey. There are about 50 nuclear bombs on Turkish soil in western Turkey. and President Trump should strip Incirlik of them now. 

A  2016 New Yorker article:describes these bombs: “According to Hans M. Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, underground vaults at Incirlik hold about fifty B-61 hydrogen bombs—more than twenty-five per cent of the nuclear weapons in the NATO stockpile. The nuclear yield of the B-61 can be adjusted to suit a particular mission. The bomb that destroyed Hiroshima had an explosive force equivalent to about fifteen kilotons of TNT. In comparison, the “dial-a-yield” of the B-61 bombs at Incirlik can be adjusted from 0.3 kilotons to as many as a hundred and seventy kilotons.” That means that right now, there are about 550-600 Hiroshima-power equivalent nuclear bombs located in Turkey. 

Every minute those bombs stay on Turkish soil is a minute closer to having Turkey swipe them.  They should have been removed from Turkey months, if not years, ago, but the American military can’t seem to come to the realization that Turkey is an enemy of NATO and Europe.  Did they need Turkey's massacres of Kurds to finally realize that "something is rotten" in Ankara?

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Turkish President Erdogan recently threatened NATO about what would happen if his country doesn't receive adequate support for its military offensive in Syria targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. In a televised speech, the Turkish president said, "Hey EU, get your act together. If you try to describe our current operation as an occupation, our task will be simple. We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way." 

However,  Article Five of the NATO Charter says: “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them..”  I will stipulate that ordinary refugee migration is not an “armed attack.” Nevertheless, where an armed sovereign country purposefully sends refugees from its armed territory into the territory of a neighboring NATO country, the offending country (in this case,Turkey) is, in effect, using its “armed” territory to effect an invasion of another sovereign NATO country.

In response, Trump must convene a meeting of NATO heads that declares that the Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.” And then he should pass a NATO resolution that any release of refugees by Turkey into Europe will be considered an “armed attack” by Turkey for purposes of NATO Article 5.

President Trump and Europe should also jointly declare that Turkish exploration of South Cyprus territorial waters for gas is an illegal armed attack on Cyprus and will be considered a war-crime by Turkey against Cyprus. Turkey has been illegally drilling for gas in the South Cyprus territorial waters protected by the military threat of Turkish naval ships. 

If Turkey attacked and massacred the Kurds, imagine what Turkey would be willing to do to get its hands on the South Cyprus/Greek gas reserves.  President Trump needs to enter into a 6-way quasi-defense agreement with Greece/Cyprus/Egypt/Israel/America/EU to protect the South Cyprus gas from Turkish banditry.  Turkey’s military threats in the South Cyprus waters prove that it is an enemy of NATO, Europe, and America.

President Trump has spared NATO years of dithering over whether Turkey is an ally or enemy of NATO.  Turkey’s invasion and genocidal massacres in Northern Syria prove that Turkey is an irremediable enemy of NATO and has to be treated as such. 

Instead of excoriating President Trump, we all should be sending him accolades.  Imagine the threat to American National security if the strategic Turkish threat had been allowed to fester and harden for years without being exposed.  Instead, President Trump has allowed Turkey to convict itself with its own genocidal anti-NATO war-crimes.





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