Donald Trump has just sent a dirty message to the president of Turkey.
What is the objective of Trump’s statement?
US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War.
While Turkey is officially a member of NATO as well as a firm ally of the US, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been developing “friendly relations” with two of America’s staunchest enemies, namely Iran and Russia.
Sleeping with the enemy: “Our relations are not good with Turkey” says Trump.
Turkey is sleeping with both Iran and Russia.
Trump’s response takes the form of both military threats and economic sanctions war coupled with financial manipulation of foreign exchange markets directed against Turkey’s Lira.
And their currency “slides rapidly downwards against our very strong dollar”, says Trump.
Turkey has developed an alliance of convenience with Iran. And Iran in turn is now supported by a powerful China-Russia block, which includes military cooperation, strategic pipelines as well extensive trade and investment agreements.
But there is more than meets the eye.
While the US and Israel have for several years been contemplating military action (including the preemptive use of nuclear weapons) against Iran, this military agenda which relied heavily on a longstanding military-intelligence alliance between Israel and Turkey is currently in jeopardy.
The Israel-Turkey alliance dated back to the Security and Secrecy Agreement (SSA) signed under Turkey’s Tansu Çiller government in 1993-94 included:
…A 1993 Memorandum of Understanding led to the creation of (Israeli-Turkish) “joint committees” to handle so-called regional threats. Under the terms of the Memorandum, Turkey and Israel agreed “to cooperate in gathering intelligence on Syria, Iran, and Iraq and to meet regularly to share assessments pertaining to terrorism and these countries’ military capabilities.”
“Turkey agreed to allow IDF and Israeli security forces to gather electronic intelligence on Syria and Iran from Turkey. In exchange, Israel assisted in the equipping and training of Turkish forces in anti-terror warfare along the Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian borders.” (see Michel Chossudovsky, 2004)
The SSA agreement was a carefully designed instrument of US foreign policy which set the stage for a firm and close Israel-Turkey relationship in military and intelligence cooperation,