We reported earlier of what appeared to be an attempted military coup in Turkey. Now, it appears that the attempt has been successful, with Turkey’s army claiming it has “fully seized control” of the government.
Report: Turkish military releases statement, saying armed forces have ‘fully seized control’ of the country. https://t.co/gQmrbmORLo— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
More from the AP:
A Turkish news agency has published a statement from the military saying the armed forces have “fully seized control” of the country.
The Dogan agency reported that the statement said that the military did this “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated.”The military statement went on to say that “all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue.”
And what is the reason behind the coup, according to the military?
BREAKING: Military statement read on Turkish state TV: Armed forces have seized power, citing rising autocratic rule, increased terrorism.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
Wow, increased terrorism and rising autocratic rule? Need to reinstall the constitutional order and ensure the rule of law once again reigns in the country? Sound familiar? (To be clear, not suggesting a coup here; as it stands, we the people will have our chance to replace the government come November, at the ballot box.)Our own crack Secretary of State John Kerry was quick to say this about the Turkish coup:
BREAKING: Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes for stability, peace, continuity in Turkey as coup apparently under way.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
Tragically, for both our nation and our world, Secretary Kerry and his buddy Obama still have not learned that hope is not a strategy. And as a result, our world seems to be coming apart at the seams more and more by not just the day, but the hour.
Of course, this is a complex situation with complex and far-reaching implications, which we will write more about in the coming hours and days.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]