Geo-political irony: U.S. ignores Erdogan’s dictatorial power grab while falsely accusing Assad of being un-Democratic

If there is one thing that the U.S. government is without a doubt guilty of, it is their willingness to support dictators who happily take their commands from Washington while at the same time either vilifying or assassinating the ones that don’t follow the party line.

For years the U.S. government has not only overlooked the thousands of human rights violations done by Saudi Arabia on its people, but in fact was instrumental 40 years ago in helping put the House of Saud into power.  Additionally, Washington was at one time in bed with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein when he supported their initiative to conduct war with the country of Iran, and then turned on him a decade later when he dared interfere with the petrodollar agreement by invading Kuwait.

And sadly, this cycle of at times supporting certain dictators while also ignoring their atrocities is a fundament of U.S. foreign policy.

Here in 2017 we have a new leader in the White House, who ironically ran on a platform of ending the interventionist foreign policies of the past 70 years.  However not three months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is looking just like the ‘Old Boss’ and is once again choosing to side with dictators that aid the Establishment’s neo-conservative policies, while calling for the ouster of the ones who do not.

As previewed yesterday, on Sunday Turks voted on a referendum on the country’s presidential system whose outcome will likely place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. The package of 18 amendments would abolish the office of prime minister and give the president the authority to draft the budget, declare a state of emergency and issue decrees overseeing ministries without parliamentary approval. Effectively, Erdogan would become the closest thing to a despot possible in a “democratic” system. – Zerohedge

President Erdogan’s family last year was verified to have aided and abetted ISIS by acting as a middle man to purchase their stolen oil on the black market, and Turkey has also on several occasions interfered with the world’s attempts to eradicate the Islamic Caliphate, even going so far as to shoot down a Russia aircraft and send troops into Syria illegally under the guise of ‘fighting Kurds’.

But perhaps the biggest event that appeared to not even cause Washington to blink an eyelash was Erdogan’s seizure of the U.S. airbase in Incirlik, and the threat of him taking upwards of 50 nuclear missiles that the U.S. keeps there as a deterrent against Russia.

If aiding and abetting terrorists and having the audacity to seize a U.S. nuclear installation isn’t enough for the Establishment in Washington to call for all out war on Turkey, then it shows that what Erdogan did was fully within the boundaries of U.S. foreign policy, and singles out the absolute hypocrisy of the Western Superpower in conducting foreign affairs.

However, there are two things a country cannot do in the eyes of Washington which will immediately bring on their ire and the full force of implementing an illegal regime change.  The first is for a nation to interfere with the dollar or the petrodollar system, and the second is to become partners in any form of fashion with Russia.

And unfortunately for Syria’s Bashir Assad, he happened to do both.

So when it comes to the U.S., human rights violations, atrocities against one’s people or even their neighbor’s population, and aiding, abetting, or funding terrorism is absolutely alright if that country follows the protocols laid out from Washington in their foreign policy dictates.  But if you are unfortunately someone like Muammar Gaddafi, who turned out to be a benevolent dictator to his people and willingly supported in the global fight against Islamic terrorism, your days are numbered if you dare to cross the single red line that instantly signals you for death, and that is to threaten dollar hegemony.


  1. Erdogan didn’t take Incirlik or kick US forces out of the base — yet. What he did do, and what the FPRI think tank’s Clint Watts and his ‘colleague’ based in an attic in Carbondale, IL Andrew Weisburd omitted from the Senate record in Watts testimony, is cut off the external electric supply to Incirlik for almost a week. And allow protests near the base that raised legitimate not imaginary or Russian created fears that radical Islamist supporters of Erdogan could attempt a storm of the base. The fact that Watts omitted that reality both from his War on the Rocks article and then US Senate Intelligence Committee testimony (distorting Trump aide Paul Manafort’s words about Incirlik out of the factual context of the power cutoff) exposed his agenda of pretending major breaches in the US-Turkish alliance had opened up — problems the Russians did not create but certainly sought to exploit diplomatically.

    However with the assassination of the Russian Ambassador and Erdogan’s calls for further US strikes on Assad’s forces after the Khan Shaykhoun chemical false flag and Al Shayrat Tomahawk attack, the Turkish-Russian understanding designed to block a US protectorate being carved out of northeastern Syria now appears to be over. Instead it looks like with Trump’s willingness to praise the new dictatorial regime implemented by Erdogan even the Kurdish issue between Washington and Ankara is being worked out at the expense of Tehran, Damascus and ultimately Moscow. Whether Erdogan played possum to trick the Russians into a sincere offer of friendship and negotiation about the future of Syria and some Turkish sphere of influence but not direct occupation being accepted remains unknown. What’s clear is that the long Trump-Erdogan conversation creates every incentive for the mad dog Sultan to create more poison gas attacks to be blamed on Assad using chemicals mixed in Turkey.

    1. Sorry comment above should’ve said ‘didn’t’ meaning Watts downplayed any US-Turkish tensions and legitimate security concerns surrounding Incirlik after the failed or staged July coup. Unfortunately for Watts lies I was watching social media feeds both Twitter and Facebook in real time that week and the FB posts from relatives of airmen based at Incirlik were NOT just made up by the Russians, even if they had wanted to do so!

  2. Thanks Ken. Short and to the point. And in reference to the link you provided. We must all remember. Assad is bad ! Putin is bad ! The North Koreans are bad ! Why ? Because Brian Williams said so.

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