Military coup in Turkey…
The Turkish Army is apparently attempting a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is claiming he is still in control. That is highly doubtful, as the state-owned broadcasting system is clearly in the hands of the coup, and Erdogan, a tireless self-promoter, has not been seen in several days. I’d say that, based on the little we know at this point, the coup may well succeed, as the police are no match for the military.
It is important to remember that Erdogan, who took power in 2002, has cashiered out many senior military members, knowing that the history of Turkey is that the secular-minded army has long been a stabilizing force in the country. Erdogan has been playing footsie with Russia and Iran and instituting Islamic policies bit by bit. He also was aware that the Turkish officer corps knows many Western military personnel, and has long worked well with the British and the Americans.
Secretary of State John Kerry from Moscow said the U.S. hopes there will be peace and stability in Turkey, a typical diplomatic response. Dollars to doughnuts His Oneness will not be able to keep his mouth shut and will at least hint that the military coup is not a good thing. I say this because the Turkish president is a big fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, as is Obama, since he promoted Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president who was ousted by Egypt’s military in 2011, and was a member of that group himself. His Oneness claims the Brotherhood is a a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups.
Congressmen Darrell Issa and Louis Gohmert have renewed the push for a bill to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, an important move in light of what Retired Navy Admiral Ace Lyons told the National Press Club last year.
UPDATE: News reports are that Erdogan is seeking asylum in Germany, which indicates the coup has succeeded. Others say he is merely on vacation, so we can’t tell.
UPDATE: His Oneness wants all parties to “support the democratically elected government of Turkey”. Isn’t that the same thing he said about Morsi in Egypt in similar circumstances??