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Ex-White House Weapons Chief: US Nukes at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base Aren’t Safe

from Sputnik News:

The Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the White House National Security Council staff for President Bill Clinton cautions that the B-61 tactical nuclear weapons stored in Turkey could easily be seized by jihadists.

“There are no do-overs in history, but there are lessons,” says the former top White House arms control official Steve Andreasen. “What if the Turkish base commander at Incirlik had ordered his troops surrounding the perimeter of the base to turn their guns on the US soldiers that reportedly guard US nuclear storage bunkers there?”

The question posed by Andreasen plagues the minds of the America’s national security establishment in the wake of the failed government overthrow in Turkey as an increasingly frustrated Erdogan regime has laid the blame for the coup squarely at the feet of the United States both for failing to extradite alleged mastermind Fethullah Gulen and also for an array of reasons resembling conspiracy theories.

Last week, Erdogan himself claimed that Fethullah Gulen was only “a pawn” hinting that the United States was the real adversary of the Turkish people, a charge that has been leveled repeatedly by Ankara’s top officials beginning when Labor Minister Soylu Suleyman said in an interview that “the US is behind the coup” and carried forth in the pages of the Turkish press who went so far as to publish the picture of a top US general in an article titled “The Man Behind the Coup.”

The situation facing NATO’s storage of nuclear weapons in Turkey was already among the defense alliance’s most critical vulnerabilities with the base, holding at least 50 B-61 tactical nuclear weapons with a charge upwards of a 100 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb, sitting only 60 miles (97km) away from Daesh strongholds across the Turkish-Syrian border.

The danger of jihadists engaging in an offensive on the critical NATO base is that much greater with the Turkish people, and increasingly the country’s officials, expressing disdain for the alliance.

“We are in for a long stretch of political uncertainty in Turkey, exacerbated by growing anti-Americanism,” explains Andreasen. “Any nuclear weapons stored there are more likely to complicate than to improve the domestic political currents in play.”

The national security expert provides a very simply prescription for the potential danger to America’s national security interests – “Let’s get our nuclear weapons out of Turkey.”

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2 comments to Ex-White House Weapons Chief: US Nukes at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base Aren’t Safe

  • Ed_B

    “What if the Turkish base commander at Incirlik had ordered his troops surrounding the perimeter of the base to turn their guns on the US soldiers that reportedly guard US nuclear storage bunkers there?”

    What if the commander of that base orders one of those warheads detonated so that all of these weapons are destroyed? It would not be the 1st time in history that a soldier used an extreme measure to protect his country. Of course, if said commander is an Obama appointee, he probably will sit on his ass as every one of these powerful weapons are carted off by the troops of a tin pot dictator and used for God-knows-what. Everyone who has ever served in the US military knows that ALL measures are authorized to protect US nukes and that no questions will ever be asked if the weapons are secured… or destroyed. If necessary, a ship-based missile should be used to destroy these weapons if they are in imminent danger of capture by non-US forces. They simply cannot be allowed to fall into hands other than our own.

    But this does bring up 2 interesting questions: 1) Just what the f*** are they doing there in the 1st place? and 2) why were they not evacuated from there as soon as the recent coup attempt was made.

    Make no mistake about it. The days of secular government rule in Turkey are ending. Turkey is now heading down the same path taken by Iran. And that will be an extremely dangerous path if they are allowed to take these weapons. They must not… and at virtually any cost.

  • F16hoser

    Looks like Obama will finally get control of some nukes. The next US government False flag will have to be bigger than the WTC. A nuke can deliver that nicely. Obama and his Muslim Bro-hood have no love/respect for Americans. The Flaming Homo will have no trouble killing a million US citizens. None what so ever.

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