Thursday, July 04, 2019

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: "Erdogan mocks US, defies Trump and confirms purchase of Russian missiles"

Erdogan mocks US, defies Trump and confirms purchase of Russian missiles

Not a friend. Not an ally. Turkey should not be a member of NATO. The US alliance with Turkey is based on Cold War strategies that are now obsolete.
“Erdogan MOCKS US as he defies Trump to complete Russia missile purchase,” by Kumail Jaffer, Express, July 1, 2019 (thanks to Joshua):
TURKEY President Tayyip Erdogan took aim at the US after he confirmed the first delivery of Russian S-400 missiles would arrive within 10 days.
Mr Erdogan has been sparring with US President Donald Trump over the issue of S-400 missiles for a number of months. The White House’s threats have been swiftly dismissed by the Turkish President and to add insult to injury, Mr Erdogan publicly praised the Russian-made missiles, saying they were worth three times as much as a US-made Patriot missile. Following a tense meeting between the two at the G20 summit in Osaka, Mr Erdogan, in typical fashion, refused to mince his words.
The Turkish leader said: “One S-400 is worth three Patriots.
“If the conditions are even equal to the S-400 (deal), we would buy Patriots, but if they are not, then we have to think of our interests.”
The US attempted to sway Turkey by offering it Patriot missiles in place of the S-400 purchase, which Turkey agreed last year.
However, according to data compiled from the manufacturers, the S-400 appears to be far superior.
It can shoot targets travelling at twice the speed that the US-made missile can, as well being able to engage with double the targets.
Patriot missiles were also used to limited effect in the 1991 Gulf War, creating doubts over their practical use.
This will come as a huge victory for Erdogan, who, not long ago, came under immense US pressure to cancel the S-400 missile purchase.
Washington sees the S-400 missiles as incompatible with NATO systems and claims it leaves their F-35 fighter jets – which it currently supplies to Turkey – open to Russian subterfuge.
On a geopolitical level, the White House does not want to see any deepening of ties between Ankara and Moscow due to Turkey’s strategic status in the region.
As such, the US threatened to halt the F-35 programme – in which Turkey buy the jets and Washington trains Turkish pilots – and formally place sanctions on firms in the country.
However, Mr Erdogan was defiant in his actions as he believed the US would never punish its ally in the region, lest it grows ever closer to Russia as a result….

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing) and the bestselling The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books). Forthcoming in 2019 is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe FederalistThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a consultant to the Center for Security Policy, a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.
Spencer has appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews’s Tucker Carlson Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File, the Sean Hannity Show, Geraldo Rivera Reports, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox and Friends, America’s News HQ and many other Fox programs, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, CTV News, Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin News, France24, Voice of Russia and Croatia National Television (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including The Sean Hannity Show, Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor, The Mark Levin Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Herman Cain Show, The Joe Piscopo Show, The Howie Carr Show, The Curt Schilling Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Peter Boyles Show, Vatican Radio, and many others.