Monday, April 23, 2018

US Sanctions Loom Over “Defiant Turkey”


I’ve alerted my readers for some time now that this was the direction the US was going to move in... And this move has NOTHING to do with the Baptist Pastor Brunson- Or the delusion that Mike Pompeo is a "good christian". I'll underline the facts of the matter, many of which, have been long covered here

al monitor
"Congress has revived threats to sanction Turkey over the detention of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson, as well as other US citizens and Turkish staff members of US diplomatic missions that it believes are being held as “political pawns.”
Brunson is tied to the Gulen organization- Baptists have long been tools of Rockefeller/bankers.
Intending to create the first great Baptist university, Rockefeller gave the school $80 million, equal to more than $2 billion in today’s dollars.

And undoubtedly it was the US that made Brunson the convenient pawn- the pretext they need. The humanitarian rubbish that obfuscates the destabilization agenda. See below:
  
"Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., declared in a joint statement April 19 that they would pursue targeted sanctions against Turkish officials in the foreign affairs spending bill for fiscal year 2019. Their statement noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “has continued to violate the trust between our two nations by holding Pastor Brunson and other innocent Americans behind bars on fabricated charges. … Turkish officials who participate in the detainment of any innocent American citizen should face international consequences, and the actions against Pastor Brunson, in particular, qualify as hostage-taking.”
Piling on the pressure, a bipartisan group of 66 senators in a letter to Erdogan called the mix of terrorism and espionage charges brought against Brunson “an absurd collection of anonymous accusations, flights of fantasy and random character assassination.” That a Turkish court should accept such an indictment as the basis for prosecution, they wrote, “removes any shred of doubt that Andrew Brunson, like other American citizens, as well as Turkish employees of the US government detained under the state of emergency, is being used as a political pawn by elements of the Turkish government bent on destroying the longstanding partnership between two great nations.”
The letter further states that the Donald Trump administration had been patient “in the hope that justice would be done” — in other words, that Brunson would be freed after his first courtroom hearing on Monday. But the presiding judge ordered Brunson back to prison, saying his trial would resume on May 7. The 50-year-old broke down in tears as he protested his innocence.
The senators wrote that they now have “concluded that other measures will be necessary to ensure that the government of Turkey respects the right of law-abiding citizens and employees of the United States to travel to, reside in and work in Turkey without fear of persecution.”
Erdogan quoted regarding Brunson/Gulen and extraditions
 "The US is behind [Gulen]," asserted Erdogan, declaring that "if you want Brunson, look at the steps you have taken in the past. Why don't you deport this man in accordance with the extradition treaty?"

The letter comes amid growing administration pushback against Turkey, a critical NATO ally, over its increasingly aggressive behavior at home and beyond its borders.
Earlier this week, Trump tweeted about Turkey for the first time, saying Brunson was being “persecuted in Turkey for no reason” and that he should be allowed to come home. Vice President Mike Pence chimed in with a tweet of his own. “Spoke to Pastor Brunson’s wife this week. Assured her of our prayers & @POTUS and I are monitoring his trial in Turkey … It’s time the Turkish govt release him.”
Trump doing his part for his masters! Managing your perception.
Humanitarian rubbish out of the way- Let's cut to the chase. Let's talk fact. Reality. And toss the obfuscation to the curb- where it belongs. What bothers the US is..

*Turkey and Russia cooperating on their mutual shared interests
*Turkey and Iran cooperating on their mutual shared interests
*Turkey impeding the USreal plot to greater Israel 2.0 
* Turkey also owes NO money to the IMF- think about that? Having it's own state bank.

Turkey’s flirtation with Russia is also drawing Washington’s ire. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 18, “Turkey lately has increased its engagement with Russia and Iran. … The ease with which Turkey brokered arrangements with the Russian military to facilitate the launch of its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin District — arrangements to which America was not privy — is gravely concerning.”
Mitchell was referring to Turkey’s January offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The group, labeled terrorists by Ankara because of its links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels inside Turkey, is the United States’ top ally against the Islamic State in Syria.

Mitchell warned, “Ankara should be mindful of the risks in making strategic concessions to Moscow in order to achieve its tactical objectives in Syria.” Moreover, he said, Ankara’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system “could potentially lead to sanctions … and adversely impact Turkey’s participation in the F-35 [fighter jet] program.”
The State Department’s annual country-by-country report on human rights, which was made public today, contained exceptionally harsh language regarding Turkey. It catalogs a spike in torture — and in some cases, deaths — of detainees, inhumane prison conditions, stifling of free expression, jailing of journalists and “credible allegations that the government contributed to civilian deaths in the connections with violent clashes” between security forces and the PKK.

Until recently, the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs was Ankara’s fiercest ally on multiple fronts. It has been lobbying the White House to scotch the Pentagon’s partnership with the YPG. It persuaded Congress to excise sanctions language from this year’s appropriations bill that would have sanctioned Turkish officials responsible for unlawful arrests of US citizens. State Department officials argued time was needed to persuade Turkey to let Brunson and others go.
The State Department may have believed it had a deal, but the prosecutor’s choice of the May 7 date for a second hearing has reinforced suspicions that Brunson’s fate is closely linked to that of a high-profile Turkish detainee in the United States. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive of state-owned Halkbank, is facing up to 15 years in prison for his alleged role in violating US sanctions against Iran. A US judge postponed Atilla’s sentencing to May 7, and in a further twist, delayed it again to May 16.
I've written several posts on the Halkbank plot.
"Ankara's bigger worry is the size and terms of the fine the US Treasury will likely slap on Halkbank for sanctions-busting. Turkish officials warn that if the fine is "disproportionately high" and ends up coming out of Turkish taxpayers’ pockets, this will sink relations to new lows.

The initial sanctions language crafted by Lankford and Shaheen last year would have only been travel bans. A well-informed source told Al-Monitor on strict condition of anonymity, “As most sanctions go, there was broad waiver authority for national security purposes … and when [the State Department] spoke to the senators, they agreed to withdraw the language from the appropriations bill because [Andrew Brunson’s wife] Norine Brunson felt it best.”

Besides, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also opposed. Now, with Brunson and others still behind bars and Tillerson gone, the State Department — at Mitchell’s prodding — is toughening its stance, the source said.

The text of the new sanctions language that will be reinserted in the appropriations bill has not been finalized yet, but the aim is to “push for the highest level” in terms of Turkish officials who would be targeted by the proposed sanctions.
“Chances of the sanctions language appearing in the next funding cycle are very high,” the source predicted. Moreover, none of this precludes the use of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Turkish officials for human rights abuses or corruption. “There will be annual lists. This is a very broad authority. If human rights groups want anyone added to the list, they have to build the legal case and give it to Congress to submit to the administration. It’s terrible, but this is the first time the Hill stopped listening to State on Turkey. This is a good time to push,” the source added. “What Erdogan has been doing is shocking. And [the State Department] is shocked. They don’t know what to do. And they’ve been beaten [by senators] into submission.”
A "Global Magnitsky Act" wielded against Turkey- Exactly as has been written here!
"With Turkey entering a new election cycle following the announcement of snap polls on June 24, it’s rather unlikely Erdogan will care. More likely, he will brush aside senators’ calls to free Brunson and whip up further anti-Western feelings so as to woo nationalist voters instead.

Yet should Mike Pompeo be confirmed as the new secretary of state, Washington may grow even less accommodating. Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, served as a deacon and taught Sunday school at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, which is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church that Brunson belongs to."

Also: The U.S issues three warnings to Turkish gov’t in two days

flashback : FrontPage Magazine: Time to Get Tough With Turkey

From earlier today:

Russia: No Decision Yet on S300's

 

15 comments:

  1. Ahh, U.S. sanctions. Oooh. U.S. sanctions.

    Big deal. Who cares? What a bunch of tommy-rot. The only thing the U.S. has is stealing money from poor people for its military.

    Actually, it has nothing. Seeya, wouldn't wanna beeya.

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  2. You will hear of wars, and rumors of wars. These things must happen.

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  3. Look up
    A NASA Scientist Has Been Imprisoned in Turkey for 8 Months

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    1. I did look that up- much of what was written, that I'd seen, was based on an appeal to ridicule..
      If you would have anything worthwhile to point me to that would be great!

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  4. Re: "Baptists have long been tools of Rockefellers/bankers".

    I want to strongly encourage you or any of your readers to read the book, "Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil"

    It's rather large at 1,008 pages, but many of those pages make up footnotes and other addendums. I read it a little at a time and started about six months ago and I'm nearly finished. This book is priceless for the amount of detail (the footnotes are terrific) and the history of the Rockefellers, particularly Nelson and how his "vision" impacted all of South America. It's a great book telling an incredible tale.

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    1. The state of israel came into being courtesy of Nelson Rockefeller leaning on the Latin American states to vote at the UN for the Jews getting their own state from the Palestinians.

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    2. Gwen: I've come across the baptist Rockefeller connection in various different materials I've read over the years- so I'm aware of the connection

      That said, thanks for bringing the book to my and the readers attention- I'll keep an eye out for it!

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    3. Was unaware of that tidbit james- If not for the Rockefellers the UN itself wouldn't have came to be

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    4. I can believe it, having read a biography of Nelson Rockefeller which turned out to be a massive eye opener. That would incvlude using Wycliffe Bible Translators as an unwitting tool of opening up uncontacted tribes hiding in the jungles through JAARS Bible distribution. The common use of making US dollar accounts worthless is lkong overdue its inevitable comeuppance of dollar abandonment - though you have to wonder if that is not a feature rather than a bug of policy.

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  5. It’s extremely unlikely that the US will sanction senior Turkish officials. Most of them are AKP members, and most AKP members are Gülenists and pro-US Zionists. The US will probably target the state more generally. Particularly the military, which the US has tried to weaken since the 90’s, so they couldn’t oppose their plans in the region. Erdogan, AKP and Gülenists were key in this plan. They will definitely make it much harder for Turkey to challenge the US, and cooperate with other countries against it.

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    1. Hey Rescue: good to see you've stopped by

      "The US will probably target the state more generally. Particularly the military, which the US has tried to weaken since the 90’s, so they couldn’t oppose their plans in the region."

      I think this is what they will do as well- they'll target some individuals- but they want to harm the state- this is how you get the populace to turn on the government. That's the goal.

      "They will definitely make it much harder for Turkey to challenge the US, and cooperate with other countries against it.

      That's the idea

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  6. In the case of Turkey it seems extreme hubris is the main cause for US failing. As Penny always says, the US long ago decided to end their alliance with Turkey, and abandon it.
    The US believed that Turkey would blindly follow their plans, even though it entailed the destruction of their own country, and the US certainly never considered the possibility of the Turkish-Russian alliance. This is what truly shocked them, when the Afrin operation began, that Turkey could have reached an agreement with Russia without their knowledge.
    I still can’t quite grasp how the US could miscalculate so gravely? Although, I’m sure US/Israel have many more plan B’s to cause maximum havoc in the region.

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    1. "The US believed that Turkey would blindly follow their plans, even though it entailed the destruction of their own country, and the US certainly never considered the possibility of the Turkish-Russian alliance. This is what truly shocked them, when the Afrin operation began, that Turkey could have reached an agreement with Russia without their knowledge"

      I would agree that is very important to understanding why the US is going to push the sanctions regime..

      "I still can’t quite grasp how the US could miscalculate so gravely?"

      Maybe they didn't miscalculate? Or else they are so deluded that they couldn't even contemplate the possibility

      "Although, I’m sure US/Israel have many more plan B’s to cause maximum havoc in the region."

      I'm sure they do too

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    2. “Maybe they didn't miscalculate?”

      Interesting question, that I have often thought about.
      I don’t subscribe to the theory of blowback or belief that the US is clueless. They know exactly what they are doing, and everything is well calculated and planned.

      Indeed there does seem to be a concerted effort to push Turkey away, which logically inevitably would lead to an alliance with US enemies. That would also be necessary in preparation for an attack on Turkey itself. (It’s similar to what Britain did in the 19th century, which forced the ottomans into an alliance with Germany, which was necessary in order to fulfill the British ambition of partitioning the Ottoman Empire.)

      However, in this case, I believe the US had planned that Turkey would either be under Gülenist control, or that the country would be completely destabilised with public anarchy or civil war.

      In the current situation Turkey is relatively stable and able to launch military incursion into Syria and Iraq, and cooperate with other countries outside the alliance. This is simply not in the US interest and I don’t that was what they had planned for.

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    3. Hey Rescue: I would agree with your general assessment:

      "However, in this case, I believe the US had planned that Turkey would either be under Gülenist control, or that the country would be completely destabilised with public anarchy or civil war. "

      From here, that's the way it looks to me. Drawing Turkey into the Syrian conflict- the refugees etc., was intended to start off the destabilization of Turkey- Reyhanli was a ploy to draw the Turkish military in, the PKK backed out of an agreement with Turkey (calculated for destabilization)
      1- refugee crisis
      2- pkk terror
      3- destabilized border
      4-the coup

      When Turkey still was acting in it's own interests- the coup occurred- I actually am of the mind that there was indeed an attempt to kill Erdogan- Had that succeeded the Turkish people would have been traumatized and looking to someone for some stability- the US would have had that 'someone' already lined up
      In the case of the coup Russia appears to have gotten ahead of the US in that regard.. Very savvy on their part. Also calculating.

      as you state:

      "In the current situation Turkey is relatively stable and able to launch military incursion into Syria and Iraq, and cooperate with other countries outside the alliance. This is simply not in the US interest and I don’t that was what they had planned for.

      I agree

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