The attempted military coup in Turkey may be over — with President Erdogan back and seemingly holding a firm grip on power once again. However, the trouble is not over for some of our troops in Turkey.
Erdogan, the despotic ruler of Turkey, appears to be holding 1,500 U.S. soldiers hostage at Incirlik air base in an attempt to pressure Obama to hand over his political opponent who was exiled to Pennsylvania. Erdogan claims that he ordered and organized the failed coup last night.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2016
— Laura Batalla (@lbadam) July 16, 2016
And where is President Obama? Three guesses and the first two don’t count.
Obama has wrapped up 11am NSC Turkey call, en route, presumably to golf, per pool at 1145. — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) July 16, 2016
I guess if you’re gonna let terrorists kill 4 Americans, another 1,500 is just a statistic.
No doubt if Turkey was holding a single deserter (Bowe Bergdahl) rather than 1,500 active troops, President Obama would get right on the matter and offer up a handful of choice terrorists from the few still remaining at Guantanamo Bay.
good news bad news is Secretary of State John Kerry is on the case. And apparently, Secretary Kerry just got off the phone with Turkey. The following tweet kinda sums it right up.
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) July 16, 2016
— John Kirby (@statedeptspox) July 16, 2016
No word yet on the latest status of the troops, but apparently Kerry told Turkey they better free them up right away.
sounds like Kerry told Turkey FM better get Incirlik reopened for ops vs IS soon #pt
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) July 16, 2016
Unfortunately, Secretary Kerry and President Obama haven’t given world leaders much reason to listen to their words, though we certainly pray they do in this case. And fast.
No doubt the Obama administration will thank Turkey for its hospitable treatment of our soldiers after all is said and done, just like it did Iran after it detained our 10 sailors.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]