Monday, August 1, 2016
What is Turkey up to with the USAF air base at Incirlik?
Ever since the purported coup attempt against Turkey's President Erdogan, Turkish security forces have surrounded the USAF facilities at Incirlik Air Base in that country. Now it's reported that the base has been sealed off once more. To say this is 'worrying' is a serious understatement, because the US maintains several dozen nuclear warheads at Incirlik as part of its NATO commitment.
There are all sorts of rumors that Erdogan may be contemplating declaring another Islamic Caliphate, this one based in Turkey (with himself at its head, of course). Purportedly, some Gulf states may bankroll such a development. It's even reported that a Turkish delegation may be in Pakistan, discussing the procurement of nuclear weapons to arm a future Caliphate.
Could it be that someone in Turkey is thinking about a few dozen nuclear warheads that are already on Turkish soil, and ripe for the taking? Are they perhaps considering that President Obama would do little or nothing to stop such a takeover, except scold the perpetrators?
One wonders . . .