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    In Hussein's Footsteps? Erdogan is Walking Straight Into Washington's Trap

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    Washington has set a trap for impulsive Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US journalist Mike Whitney notes, adding that a 'color revolution' in Turkey may one day become a reality.

    On February 19 Washington dismissed a draft resolution by Russia aimed at preventing a Turkish invasion of Syria at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC); by making move the Obama administration is in fact giving the green light to Ankara's ground operation in Syria, US independent journalist Mike Whitney believes.

    "It suggests that the Obama administration thinks that Turkish ground troops could play an important role in shaping the outcome of a conflict that the US is still determined to win. Keep in mind, if the resolution had passed, the threat of a Turkish invasion would have vanished immediately," Whitney writes in his analysis for CounterPunch.org, adding that the quashing of the resolution clearly signals that Washington does not want peace in Syria.

    Although it is believed that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has "dictatorial powers" and can launch the much-discussed ground operation in northern Syria whenever he wants, it is not true: Turkish generals do not want to bear the responsibility for invading a sovereign state. Therefore, Ankara is seeking either US/NATO or the UN's blessing, the journalist explains.

    Meanwhile, Ankara continues to wage a covert war against Syrian Kurdish militias by shelling northern parts of Syria and giving Sunni jihadists, fighting against the YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) forces and the Syrian Arab Army, a free pass to cross the Turkish-Syrian border and re-enter the war zone.

    Whitney underscores that the Obama administration is fully aware of what is going on. However, while admonishing the Erdogan government for shelling northern Syria, Washington has vocally recognized Turkey's "right to defend itself."

    "This alone speaks volumes about the duplicity of Washington's approach," Whitney notes.

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    According to the journalist, there is something very fishy about the White House indulging Ankara's warmongering.

    On the one hand, Washington is indirectly pushing the impulsive Turkish President toward a military conflict with Moscow and Damascus in Syria thus upsetting the Russo-Syrian successful operation. On the other, a Turkish invasion would aggravate domestic tensions inside Turkey.

    "A Turkish invasion would exacerbate divisions inside Turkey seriously eroding Erdogan's grip on power while creating vulnerabilities the US could exploit by working with its agents in the Turkish military and Intel agency (MIT)," Whitney writes.

    "The ultimate objective would be to foment sufficient social unrest to incite a color-coded revolution that would dispose of the troublemaking Erdogan in a Washington-orchestrated coup, much like the one the CIA executed in Kiev," he stresses.

    American researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl shares the similar stance. The historian has repeatedly warned that Washington's cunning geostrategists have set a trap for both Erdogan and King Salman in Syria and Iraq.

    "While the only-too-clever Prince Salman and Erdogan are convinced, by all the soft, subtle encouragement from John Kerry, from Joe Biden and those in Washington that they have a green light to invade and take over the rich oil and gas fields of Syria and of Turkey's next-door neighbor Iraq and its huge Mosul oil riches, in fact they are about to fall into a horrendous trap," Engdahl writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

    As a result, "the trap will likely see the map of the entire Middle East redrawn fundamentally for the first time since the secret… Sykes-Picot Plan," the historian stresses.

    And there is a good reason to think such a trap is not a "conspiracy theory."

    Whitney draws historic parallels between the ongoing Syrian conflict and the Gulf War of 1990-1991.

    Incredible as it may seem, it was US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, who gave Saddam Hussein the nod to invade Kuwait in 1990.

    However, "the Iraqi Army had barely reached its destination before the US launched a massive military campaign (Operation Desert Storm) that forced Saddam to speedily withdraw along the infamous Highway of Death," the journalist narrates, adding that it was the first phase of Washington's plan to overthrow Hussein and replace him with a pro-Western stooge.

    It seems Erdogan is walking straight into a similar trap.


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    • siberianhusky
      As this article says America does not want peace in the Middle East. That should be re-phrased to America does not want a real peace in this world. Peace is bad for the ZionNazies in Zionton, Wall Street and the MIC.
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      Erdogan already is the US "color revolution", they couldn't do any better than that.
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      The Saudis hold trillions of dollars in US Treasuries. Destroying the House of Saud is a means to eliminate the liability of this debt.
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      ozcanerdonmezin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)

      That's a shame, imagine how the world could be, if all the nations and peoples of the world worked together to better the whole world for everybody. It's so easy to do, but since most humans are selfish, greedy and morally corrupt this isn't happening any time soon. I'm dreaming about a world where greed, racism, religious fanaticism and all kinds of bigotry do not exist anymore. A world without borders where every single human being matters and where not a single soul will be hungry. A world where everybody cares about nature, the environment and the welfare of all animals.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      The US plan to keep Syria in conflict, perhaps with a strong puppet area - may have driven the US to release Iran from sanctions, believing that they (the US) would have a neighboring control valve
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      I wouldn't necessarily agree with the conclusion reached
    • Kim Kyu-Un
      Oh Cool! So the US will declare War and invade Turkey because Erdogan acts like Saddam Hussein?
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      ErDog has shown to Russia and NATO to be unreliable,a traitor,uncooperative and a coward.He's shown himself to the world to be insulting and a liar.These are traits Russia will never forget as long as he's alive.And because of this he alone has put Turkey on collision with Russia.Turks should get this fool out soonest.
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      Erdogan is ALREADY in Washinton's trap.
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      The US is looking for an exit strategy in case something goes wrong.
    • avatar
      Many Turks prefer to be the head of the EEU tiger rather than the tail of the EU lion...
    • avatar
      Will hEardagain rush to Putin to be shown the house of mirrors that was "Made in America"? Will Putin save the rascal? Let's hope so.
    • Baybarsin reply toozcanerdonmez(Show commentHide comment)
      ozcanerdonmez, A world without the love of money, where life is the most valuable thing.
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