While the U.S. media was discussing the post Democratic National Convention 'bounce' for Hillary Clinton in the polls and the start of NFL training camps this weekend, another 'incident' took place at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey Saturday night, July 30th-31st. According to international and Turkish news sources up to 7,000 riot police were deployed outside the base in the nearby city of Adana as part of a "safety inspection", until the cops dispersed less than three hours later without any impact on base operations.
As during the power shutoff to the base by the Turkish authorities for a week, the media have followed the Obama White House line of 'nothing to see here folks, move on'. We keep hearing that the NATO and the U.S.-Turkish alliances are as rock solid as ever and 'Russia's aggression' has united what we like to call nowadays the Atlanticist Pact. So long as you ignore the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ruthlessly purging the U.S. military and CIA's best contacts in the second largest armed forces in NATO, while accusing Washington of being behind the mid-July coup that tried to oust him...Read More