RUMINT: U.S. Nukes Are Being Evacuated from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base to Bulgaria

Here's an excerpt with a link to the original Vineyard of the Saker post:

Bulgaria had no Russian bases in Soviet times, but now has a number of US ones and is already in increasing danger at a time of growing Cold War 2.0 tensions. If Washington moved nukes into the country without the government’s permission, it would be a display of arrogance that could cost the USA dear.

But to use the huge US base in Kosovo would be to put the weapons just a few miles form major concentrations of armed Jihadists, surely unwise even by Washington’s standards of recklessly or deliberately sending weapons to places from which they are promptly seized by Al Qaeda or ISIS.

And how many of the 90 missiles did they even manage to spirit out of the country before President Erdogan, shocked by the fair-weather (dis)loyalty of his American allies stopped them moving out the rest?

For that was surely the purpose of the mass blockade by 5,000 Turkish nationalists, power cuts, and the sealing off of the whole base by 7,000 heavily armoured Turkish troops.

However many nukes are left, they certainly now form extra bones of contention between Ankara and Washington. This will, on balance, probably move the world’s nuclear Doomsday Clock back a minute, with anything that weakens the Nato encirclement of Russia making Planet Earth a slightly safer place.


The following is the Russia Analyst's commentary on the subject: we think 90 tactical nuclear bombs is a bit on the high side for estimates of what the U.S. military still stores at the strategically located base near the borders of Syria and Iraq. However, the number is feasible considering that until a few years ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel was vowing to make the U.S. relocate the Cold War legacy weapons out of Germany.

Since the 2014 Washington/Langley sponsored coup d'etat in Kiev followed by the return of Crimea to Russia and the remilitarization of the strategic peninsula amidst the U.S.-Russian proxy war in Ukraine, Merkel has stopped talking about the American nukes in her country, which German Luftwaffe Tornado jets if not Eurofighters are equipped to use in wartime. Other NATO air forces including Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium's F-16s are capable of dropping B61s, though the nukes have yet to be forward deployed to Polish soil from their current locations in the UK, Italy, Germany and Belgium.

The nukes at Incirlik became a subject of concern during the week-long power cutoff to the base, reported by The New Yorker magazine amidst a curious media blackout. The New Yorker was accused by members of the military and experts on nuclear weapons of engaging in sensationalism regarding the remote possibility of Turkish Grey Wolves ultra-nationalists or ISIS terrorists trying to storm the base to seize one of the nukes from their underground bunkers or explode one as a 'dirty bomb' spreading radioactive plutonium (forget movies like Broken Arrow -- terrorists would have neither the means nor the capability to set off a nuclear blast). However 'respectable' outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Policy and Bloomberg all followed The New Yorker piece with articles suggesting that it could be time for the Pentagon to move America's nukes out of Turkey.

We now know thanks to the reporting of Sibel Edmonds and others that the coup was run out of Incirlik by Turkish officers attached to NATO's rapid reaction force -- making U.S. denials of any foreknowledge and participation in the putsch less than credible. The media blackout during the power cutoff contributed to cryptic tweets from servicemen on base and rumors spreading to their stateside relatives, until the Military Times acknowledged the outage and base commander promised to get the air conditioners back on after a hot, sweaty week for his airmen.

At that time in late July rumors swirled that contrary to Department of Defense claims that flight operations were being conducted as usual against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq from Incirlik that the base's operations were severely limited by the electricity cutoff and that U.S. airmen were confined to the base at the request of the Turkish government.

When a demonstration involving several thousand Turks denouncing the coup was held outside the base gate on the night of Saturday-Sunday July 30-31, Turkish police massed near the Incirlik base gate. Russian media reported the Turks had between 5,000 and 7,000 police officers and security personnel operating at or around the base perimeter in the nearby city of Adana in what Ankara later said was a training exercise. When numerous Twitter accounts, some of them with a history of pro-Russian posts asked why the mainstream media wasn't covering this 'exercise', a response came several days later from the CIA/State Dept. neocon mouthpiece The Daily Beast.

In a story featuring the byline of Carbondale, Illinois-based 'Internet Haganah' 'journalist' Andrew Aaron Weisburd, the Beast attacked what it called a network of Russian trolls sending out disinformation about events at Incirlik in an effort to promote division between Washington and Ankara, and especially within the NATO alliance. The only problem with the piece, besides the factually disputed notion that there was no exercise by thousands of Turkish police in or around Adana that night of July 30-31st? Not once does the article mention the reason Americans would be willing to believe the allegedly Kremlin-bot spread rumors under the #Incirlik hash tag -- because the Turkish government had previously cut off the power to the base for A WEEKThis flagrant omission of such an important and relevant detail from the article is what marks it as a clumsy piece of domestic psyops, along with Weisburd's history of smearing ordinary pro-Palestinian Americans as Hamas terrorists.

However, much like the speed with which the Washington (Com)Post recently attacked the 'junk science' 'Internet rumors' about #HillarysHealth (a hash tag Twitter's managers have done a remarkable job of shadow banning, which means making it go down in search results without actually deleting or blocking specific tweets), we can see that the Incirlik problem along with Hillary's rapidly deteriorating ability to hide her serious if not crippling health problems have the Atlanticist Foggy Bottom/Northern Virginia Establishment worried. Definitely worried enough to commission a hack piece by The Daily Beast, which in addition to employing the pro-jihadi Manhattan Trotskyite @MichaelDWeiss, also recently hired ex-Navy security specialist #NeverTrump er fanatic @RobertCaruso. Thus we see several Saudi-firster Sunni sectarian Syria-jihadi neocon sh-tbirds of a feather flocking together under the cash-bleeding, elect Hillary Clinton at all costs Beast banner. Whereby NATO's information warfare funded at yours and my taxpaying expense increasingly is blurred with the #NeverTrump #ImWithHer Clinton campaign.

Turkey’s foreign minister declared on Wednesday that it would be the West’s own “fault” if it “lost” Ankara, bluntly accusing the European Union of “encouraging” the failed coup.


Clearly it must've been the Kremlin's troll army or Putin's mind control rays that caused Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to declare that the EU had "failed a test" by not showing enough support for Ankara after the failed mid-July coup. It must be the Russians' fault Cavusoglu went on to tell reporters that support for Turkey joining the EU among the Turkish people had plunged to barely 20 percent, because Brussels allegedly "encouraged the putschists". We can #BlamePutin and #BlameRussia for the fact that NATO recently had to issue an unusual statement affirming business as usual between the Alliance and its member Turkey, with no restrictions on Turkish contributions despite Erdogan's accusations against the Americans or crackdown on alleged putschist officers who work for the Atlanticist Pact. And obviously even though every denial by the Departments of State and Defense that they had nothing to do with the coup is true, a Turkish Admiral seeking political asylum in the United States is just an unfortunate by-product of super-paranoid Erdogan's purges.

Returning to the subject of the B61s and their semi-secret withdrawal from Incirlik to one of the four American/NATO bases in Bulgaria, it stands to reason that the Bulgarian government might not be so happy about hosting U.S. nuclear bombs. Recall that on June 25, 2016, the Russia Analyst published an article about how the historically pro-Russian country's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov publically rejected the idea of a joint 'NATO Black Sea Fleet' that would include his country's navy. 

While Sofia probably would not object to U.S. C-17 cargo planes carrying the nukes from Incirlik back to Germany or the U.S. landing and refueling, any permanent stationing of these powerful weapons on Bulgarian soil would make America's bases in the country prime targets in a nuclear war with Russia. Putin has already bluntly warned the leaders of Romania that the U.S. missile defense system on their soil is regarded as a potentially offensive threat to Russia which would be destroyed by Russian missiles in wartime.

Even without Cold War 2.0 turning into a shooting war, the presence of the American nukes would make Bulgaria's NATO bases hot spots for anti-U.S./NATO demonstrations by the pro-Russian Ataka and other nationalist groups in the country. This would be an additional headache that Mr. Borissov's government, already trying to balance the demands of Washington and Brussels with the Russophilic views of the Bulgarian majority, does not need. As Dr. Joseph P. Farrell recently said, the 'siege' of Incirlik may be the first but not the last beta test of a new model for getting U.S. bases out of a country where they're no longer wanted.

Today it's Incirlik that's under pressure as Turkey's pivot to Russia intensifies. But tomorrow it could be shuttered U.S. bases in Bulgaria or cancelled Greek port calls -- any other country where sympathies for the Russians are growing and disgust with politicians taking orders from Washington and Brussels is reaching a boiling point. The election of a barely functional Hillary Clinton as President of the United States with warmongering advisers like Michael Morell could lead Bulgarians and Greeks, if not other NATO 'captive nations' to revolt, as being Eurasian 'red' is preferable to being economically if not physically dead.