I’ve already covered the fire, the outing of certain US generals etc. So here is where we cover some other interesting news items
Wonder if tonight- as the despicable Olympics kick off - will yet another attempt to take over Turkey's civilian government take place?
And then there is Syria to consider? The rebels have failed to break the siege. Is the US and Israel going to twiddle there thumbs as the plan to remake the ME falls apart.
Not to be forgotten, there is Iraq, Mosul and the Mosul Dam- I'll get to that later.
July 15 tweets pose questions on 'shadow CIA' Stratfor
We all know about the NBC news story tweeting a claim that Erdogan tried to flee to Germany, right? How about Stratfor tweeting Erdogan’s whereabouts?
Tweets by U.S.-based firm Stratfor on the Turkish president’s flight to Istanbul from Marmaris on the night of the July 15 coup attempt have drawn attention and controversy worldwide.
On July 15, when Turkey faced a coup attempt that claimed 237 lives, Stratfor’s tweets in favor of the coup traitors and against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew widespread criticism.
The number of Stratfor tweets the night of the thwarted coup was prodigious.
When Erdogan's airplane was returning to Istanbul from the coastal resort of Marmaris, where the president had been vacationing, Stratfor tweeted three times about its flight path even as coup-plotters were seeking Erdogan’s location for possible assassination.
In the first tweet, Stratfor showed how Erdogan's jet was over the Sea of Marmara. In the second, Stratfor reported that Erdogan's airplane had been tracked approaching Istanbul and would likely land.Read that second tweet what does it say?
The second tweet confirms, contrary to the nonsense promoted by the “Erdogan did it " crowd, that his planes transponders were OFF "Erdogan's airplane transponder back on...."
Washington's blog- A place I don't trust at all
“Erdogan’s flight (the transponder was on all the time, the plane was visible on Flightradar)"Not according to Stratfor- the second tweet shown very clearly states ‘the transponder is back on” Which obviously tell us the transponder was OFF- for some or all of the time. I keep in mind that Washington's blog and Zero Hedge (another untrustworthy alt media site in my opinion) were both promoting the 'kick Turkey out of NATO' petition More Contrived Grass Roots/ Petition Signing Opposition to Turkey- Zaman/Gulen/CIA
Grass roots petition pushing the desired Turkish propaganda.. because horrors of horrors Turkey was curtailing Gulen's propaganda outlets and ya know 'freedom of the press' etc- Mockingbird media aside!
Stratfor keeps on propping up a story line
Contacted by Anadolu Agency, Stratfor officials were evasive when asked how they could pinpoint the exact location of the airplane and why they shared such sensitive information on a social media platform the night of the coup.
The same night Stratfor also touted a false report by U.S.-based news channel MSNBC saying that Erdogan was seeking asylum in Germany, attracting more controversy.
In addition to targeting Erdogan the night of the coup, the next day again on Twitter it shared a profile of Erdogan with inaccurate information.
In the profile, touted as “What you need to know about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Stratfor reported that Erdogan had been "arrested by the military in 1999, and served four months in prison for trying to incite violence and religious or racist hatred."
After the tweet attracted a backlash, Stratfor deleted it, but not before it had swayed the minds of some of the public.
Yildirim: I have my suspicions about him and have expressed them a number of times.
As has been mentioned here- Yildirim and the CIA’s John Brenner both blamed ISIS for the Ataturk airport bombing- Nothing to back up their claims
Yildirim and the helicopter crash that took a curious amount of military brass prior to the coup attempt- Link
Yildrim says there will be a thorough investigation but announces it wasn’t terrorism (or sabotage) and it was the weather- No investigation necessary when Yildrim is on the job!General Dunford goes to Incirlik and who does he meet up with while in Turkey?
If you said Erdogan you would be wrong. Dunford meets up with Yildirim.
While in Turkey, Dunford will see U.S. personnel stationed at Incirlik Air Base and meet his Turkish counterpart as well as the prime minister.The Prime Minister- the man with the executive powers- Yildirim
Dunford said Hulsi Akar was pleased with the visit and confirmed that Turkey desires to keep a broad partnership with the United States across a broad range of issues, but especially in NATO and in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The chairman said Akar assured him that Turkey will continue to provide access to Turkish bases in Incirlik and Diyabakir. These bases are key to the fight against ISIL.NATO’s partner in Turkey, Hulsi Akar, assures Dunford access to the bases will continue-
Then Dunford, Akar and U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali YildirimErdogan is not mentioned anywhere in this meeting. Again, Yildirim is the man conducting official business with NATO. Same as Davatoglu, until he resigned.
US Colonel at Incirlik, watching baseball, learned of the coup attempt from CNN
Do you believe that tale? I don't. I can't. When considering the use of Incirlik base the night of the coup attemp
Late on a Friday night last month, Col. David Trucksa sat in his living quarters on the base here, watching a baseball game as he tried to unwind after a long week overseeing American airstrikes on Islamic State militants.
Then one of his deputies called.“‘Sir, you need to turn on the news — there’s something going on in Turkey,’ ” Colonel Trucksa said his deputy had told him.
“So I flipped on the channel to see what did we have — CNN, I think — and there it was: ‘Turkey Coup.’ ”
As Colonel Trucksa and other senior American military officers at the Incirlik Air Base scrambled to figure out what was happening.....
A Turkish tanker plane from the base had apparently refueled one of the jets that the coup plotters used to conduct airstrikes as they tried to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.So Incirlik base... Pivotal in the coup plot and we're supposed to believe the Colonel ONLY after being informed by a deputy learns of the coup from CNN????
He's still in charge- Turkey's spymaster- If Erdogan is such a dictator and has 'the power' why are Akar and Fidan staying? The author makes clear that Erdogan can't make such a decision- "any decision in this regard would be taken later following consultations with the prime minister and others" As I've reported here at the blog on numerous occasions- Erdogan's position as President is a largely ceremonial one- All the focus by the media, alt and msm, on Erdogan's alleged power etc., is part of the obfuscation pattern of both media misleaders..
If you missed the references to Erdogan's largely ceremonial presidency..
Contained in Comment: PennyJune 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM., Previous Post & Last week's posting regarding changes desired needing .....to go to Parliament for a vote, because unlike Obama or Putin, Erdogan has no power to make these changes
His number seemed to be up when he was summoned by Erdogan last Friday and, while he retained his job, the comments by the Turkish leader suggested he had much to do to keep his trust. Erdogan's comments came in the form of a Turkish idiom: “You don’t change horses midstream.”
Erdogan said that both Fidan and army chief of staff, General Hulusi Akar, would stay during what he termed a period of “transition”. He said any decision in this regard would be taken later following consultations with the prime minister and others.
UPDATE: hattip rouge k
"The major who notified the Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) early on July 15 about the failed coup attempt has been suspended from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The pilot major, identified as H.A., notified the intelligence agency at 2:45 p.m., after which MİT chief Hakan Fidan called Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar on the major’s notice"Interesting cause I mentioned Fidan & Akar in this very post..
A Syrian no-fly zone will save lives and help end the conflict
A no-fly zone would also help dampen extremism by denying terrorist groups like ISIS a key recruiting tool: the West’s perceived indifference to their suffering. Bosnia’s no-fly zone was not a panacea, but it was the first key step in giving civilians hope and humanitarian relief. That relief helped moderate Muslims counter the appeals of radical extremists and it helped preserve the core of Bosnia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. It could achieve a similar feat in Syria.
Finally, a no-fly zone could help force Assad to the negotiating table, much as NATO’s intervention ultimately forced Milosevic to Dayton. By altering the dynamics on the ground, a no-fly zone could change Assad’s calculations and apply the pressure needed to force him to negotiate peace. Of course, there are differences between Bosnia and Syria, three of which are critical. First, in Syria, a no-fly zone alone would be enough to stop the leading killer of civilians – without the need for bombing. This is because, unlike in Bosnia, a no-fly zone operated from the seas rather than the skies would not require military strikes to pre-emptively target Assad’s military assets.
Second, unlike in Bosnia, in Syria human rights organisations have failed to unite behind the need for international protection. Third, the Security Council has failed to back a no-fly zone.
These failures have been used to justify inaction in Syria. They should not. The anniversary of Srebrenica offers a stark reminder of what can and does happen when states abdicate their responsibility to protect. It shouldn’t have to take another Srebrenica for the world to act on Syrians’ behalf.