Isn’t it actually the US's stance in Syria that poses a security threat to Turkey? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU
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Isn’t it actually the US's stance in Syria that poses a security threat to Turkey?

12 October 2021, 09.42

The U.S. is the world's no.1 economy. With a budget of approximately $800 billion a year, it spends more on defense than the next 13 countries combined. The number of American soldiers stationed abroad, which has 800 military bases in countries across the world, is around 300,000. As I have done so many times in the past, I can’t stress enough that the "destructive power" that is the United States is incapable of establishing order.

The house-of-cards system that the U.S. built in Afghanistan during the 20-year occupation period quickly collapsed. Shadi Hamid, an author for the The Atlantic magazine, stated in an article that Washington’s so-called nation building in Afghanistan was “guided by fantasies.“

The American generals, on the other hand, continued to pretend that "everything is fine."

This deception was, of course, necessary for the Military-Industrial Complex’s cash wheel to keep turning.

In the last days of the evacuations during the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Taliban quickly seized control of the capital, Kabul, without facing any resistance.

The surprise that stunned the Americans was the vanishing of the 300,000-strong Afghan army, trained and equipped by the Pentagon.

As the Taliban entered Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani—who is also an American citizen—had already landed in Dubai on a helicopter that was loaded with money.

As the Taliban seized power for the second time in 20 years, Washington’s socially and culturally engineered institutions evaporated. Shadi Hamid noted in the same article that “many of the political institutions that America helped create have now been washed away. It is almost as if they never existed.”

The U.S. overthrew the Saddam Hussein Regime in Iraq, but could not establish order in its place either. On the contrary, Iraq was actually divided into three. What is happening in the region today is about the disintegration of Iraq. The USA's invasion and destruction of Iraq with false pretexts had nothing to do with U.S. national security. Bruce Riedel from the Brookings Institute, one of America’s most influential think tanks, stated in his article dated September 17 that the U.S. intervention resulted in a complete tragedy in Iraq.

As a Middle East expert, Riedel held senior positions in the CIA, National Security Council and Pentagon. He also worked closely under former U.S. President George W. Bush and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on the National Security Council in September 2001.

Riedel was a witness to Bush's phone call with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on September 14. Blair was also very taken aback when Bush said that he would strike Iraq, claiming that Baghdad supports al-Qaeda.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the then Saudi ambassador to the United States, privately told Riedel that he was concerned about Bush's plan for Iraq.

Bandar also tried to explain to Bush that there could be no link between al-Qaeda and Baghdad. According to the Saudis, the American intervention in Iraq would both seriously destabilize the region and would only benefit Iran.

According to Riedel, the American Intelligence Community had no intel that proved Iraq was linked to 9/11 or Al-Qaeda.

However, the Bush Administration had misled Americans to think otherwise. Of course, the Military Industrial-Media Complex had a hand in getting the public on board.

During the invasion of Iraq, the Neocons and the Israel Lobby in the Bush administration have joined forces. The shattering of Iraq was most beneficial to Israel. Establishing Israel's military supremacy—even at the expense of the disintegration and destruction of countries in the region—was the consensus of the bipartisan political rulers in Washington.

U.S. President Joe Biden has sent a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi asking for the extension of the National Emergencies Act issued by Trump in October 2019 regarding the sanctions against Damascus. According to Biden, Turkey's position in Syria poses an extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States. Syria is in Turkey's backyard. The two countries share a long border. The United States, which is approximately 11,000 kilometers away from Syria, trains, equips and arms groups that pose a threat to Turkey's national security, with which is a so-called NATO ally. In fact, the U.S.’s position actually poses a threat to Turkey's security.

The U.S.’s Middle East policies are only meant to serve Israel's interests. The Syria stance adopted by Washington, which had destroyed and pillaged Iraq, should also be seen in this context. Everything else is just background noise.





  • US
  • Turkey
  • Afghanistan
  • Threat
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