Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey's Erdogan showed propaganda film about Kurds in the Oval Office

Turkey's Erdogan showed propaganda film about Kurds in the Oval Office

As Turkish President Erdogan meets with US President Donald Trump today, he brings with him some aggravating news- the Turkish military might be flying Sukhois and MiGs in the near future. "Washington and Ankara both chose not to escalate".

"The acquisition of the S-400 creates some very serious challenges for us", Trump said.

While much of this opposition was voiced in the form of moral outrage over the "betrayal of the Kurds", its driving force was the concern that Trump's policy represented an end to the nine-year-long USA regime-change operation in Syria, a surrender to Russian and Iranian influence there and a retreat from the decades-old military campaign to assert U.S. imperialist hegemony over the oil-rich Middle East. Turkish companies will deliver parts as contracted through next March, at which point the industrial relationship regarding the F-35 will end, he said.

After President Trump urges Erdogan to call on "a friendly reporter from Turkey", Lindsey Graham turns to me and says, "There aren't any others left".

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said that in addition to Turkey's purchase of the S-400 system, American lawmakers were also concerned about Erdogan's treatment of the Kurds, elements of whom the Turkish government considers terrorists.

"This is not an, "I hate Trump" issue".

In testimony before the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee, Lockheed F-35 Vice President and General Manager Greg Ulmer said the majority of parts made by Turkey-which is being drummed out of the F-35 program over that country's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system-have been "re-sourced ... within the United States supply chain". He's even got a Trump Tower in Istanbul.

"He likes to be seen speaking with world leaders", says Lisel Hintz, an assistant professor of global relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced worldwide Studies.

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Mr. Trump's affinity for strongmen is well documented, from Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Kim Jong Un of North Korea. -Turkish agreement on removing the once USA -backed Kurdish YPG militia from the Syrian border-he considers it allied to the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey-but that certain parties are trying to "dynamite" the U.S. And yet it is cozying up to Russian Federation in ways that antagonize the West and the U.S. Congress.

"It was a good sign that both leaders chose a language that would not add new sensitivity to an already complicated set of troubles as the U.S. -Turkey relationship is going through its most tested times", she pointed out. At the same time, the Pentagon has acknowledged that the USA military will employ "overwhelming force" to prevent troops loyal to the Syrian government and Russian forces supporting them from laying claim to the oil. Given the overall negative attitude towards Turkey on Capitol Hill, President Trump will not be able to do much against possible veto-proof sanctions. In the past, such resolutions have failed, as House members didn't want to antagonize Turkey.

Trump faced a bipartisan backlash when he abruptly announced last month that he would remove roughly 1,000 troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned Turkish invasion. The measure passed 405-11.

Asked how new sources were being chosen, Ulmer said, "We're constantly looking at, do we have the appropriate supply base, and do we need to seek other sources for other reasons, other than political?"

Risch said the senators' message was received.

"The United States foreign policy must reflect an honest accounting of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide".

"So to the extent that Trump is being criticized for sidling up to authoritarian leaders or accommodating authoritarian leaders at the expense of groups or individuals who are trying to defend their rights, then this is not a popular position for Trump to be taking".

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