Following a failed attempt at a military coup in Turkey, both President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have called on the people of that country to support their democratically-elected civilian government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In a statement issued after a meeting with his national security advisers, Obama also urged everyone in Turkey to show restraint and avoid violence or bloodshed.
Members of Turkey’s armed forces declared hours earlier that they had taken control of the country as explosions, gunfire and a reported air battle between loyalist forces and supporters of the coup erupted in Ankara, the capital. Erdogan called on the Turkish people to flood the streets in a show of support for his embattled government.
Turkey plays a key role in the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. American jets use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in Syria and Iraq.
Obama discussed the developments by telephone with Secretary of State John Kerry, who was traveling in Moscow for separate meetings with senior Russian officials on Syria.
In a separate statement, Kerry said the U.S. viewed the “very fluid situation” in Turkey with the “gravest concern.”
Kerry said he had stressed in a telephone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the United States’ “absolute support” for Turkey’s democratically elected, civilian government and democratic institutions. Kerry said he urged all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions, personnel and civilians across Turkey.
Sometimes, the citizens of other countries are called on by our government to support their “democratically-elected” government, and other times they’re called on to support the “freedom-fighters.” If nothing else, this just shows how demented U.S. foreign policy is.
Consider how our government treated Syria’s democratically-elected leader Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. government didn’t like Assad, because he didn’t go along to get along. Our government wanted him out of the way and replaced with someone more willing to “work together.”
So, our government covertly funded and supported terrorist groups and used them to try to topple the Assad regime. Of course, they weren’t terrorists. They were “freedom-fighters.” Freedom-fighters who would rape, pillage and murder Syrian civilians.
Some circumstantial-at-best evidence was then concocted that allegedly showed that Assad was gassing his own people. That information was promulgated by our own State department and media and was supposed to outrage Americans and the rest of the international community, in hopes that everyone would support U.S. military action against the country. However, the evidence actually pointed to the various terrorist groups who were at work trying to bring Assad down, not Assad himself. Needless to say, it didn’t work. But I’m sure the U.S. isn’t done with him.
That’s how our government treats other countries’ leaders when the U.S. doesn’t like them.
But when it’s someone the U.S. government likes – that is, they’re willing to be used and manipulated – all of a sudden, the administration calls on these foreign civilians to support their government.