It's the Monday morning following a failed coup d'etat in Turkey, and apparently the less the mainstream media reports about what's really going on at Incirlik Air Force Base, which hosts more B61 tactical nuclear bombs than any other single American installation in Europe, the better. This story about lax security surrounding U.S./NATO nuclear weapons in Belgium and historically at Incirlik AFB from The New Yorker published on Sunday, is the exception to the media blackout that proves the rule. Nobody's talking and few servicemen want to talk on their Facebook or Twitter feeds about what's been happening the last few days at the strategic NATO air base.Read More
While many Americans were nervously watching their 401ks and IRAs shrink in the stock markets this past week, in the Mideast several trends were coming together for a decisive week in geopolitics. Most importantly, many U.S.-led sanctions on Iran were officially lifted on Saturday, January 16, 2016, the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, the intervention which kicked off a generation of American combat engagements in the Mideast.
The second most important Mideast event of the week was the increasingly overt breach in relations between the U.S. and Turkey, driven by the issue of emerging Kurdistan and its implications for the Syria conflict -- the same all out proxy war Turkey and its ally Saudi Arabia are losing badly (thanks to Russia's intervention on the side of Assad and Iran). After years of supporting 'moderate' Syrian jihadists as well as the Islamic State, the Turkish elites feel betrayed because the Obama Administration is allowing the Kurdish YPG forces in Syria to advance on their Salafist proxies vital supply lines along the Euphrates River.Read More