Thursday, May 24, 2012
Obama "Congress is a problem" for selling predator drones to his 'buddy' Turkey.
Obama "Congress is a problem" for selling predator drones to his 'buddy' Turkey.(TZ).Turkey said it expects the US, its chief NATO ally, to display what Turkish foreign minister said was “stronger will” when it comes to the sale of armed drones to Turkey. Ahmet Davutoğlu, speaking to TRT Haber TV station from New York, said President Abdullah Gül clearly expressed this issue to his US counterpart, Barack Obama, during their bilateral meeting on the margins of NATO’s Chicago Summit earlier this week. Davutoğlu said Obama supports the sale of drones in principle but cites Congress as a problem. “Difficulties in decision-making [in the US government] happen for many agenda items. We want stronger will to be displayed,” Davutoğlu said in the interview.
Davutoğlu argued that allies should consider each other’s security needs and that Turkey is considering its ally’s security needs, asking the US to reciprocate in this regard. On Wednesday, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes reiterated the same concerns of the US administration during a press meeting in Washington. “Obviously, we’re familiar with Turkey’s interests in acquiring additional assets, including unmanned aerial vehicles as a part of those counterterrorism efforts. That’s something that we have to discuss not just with Turkey, but also with our Congress,” Rhodes maintained. “We obviously support Turkey’s efforts to combat terrorism, the PKK, and any other group, just as we welcome Turkey’s support for our efforts against al-Qaeda,” Rhodes said, mentioning that Gül and Obama discussed the issue of the fight against terrorism thoroughly during their talk on the sidelines of the NATO summit. Turkey seeks to buy armed drones from the US, but the request has been controversial, with some in the US Congress refusing to agree to the sale of aircraft given Ankara’s deteriorating relations with Israel, a close US ally. The US administration, on the other hand, is reportedly willing to sell the drones to Turkey and is trying to persuade Congress not to block the sale. A report published in the Wall Street Journal that claimed Turkey decided to bomb 34 civilians based on intelligence provided by US Predators -- which help Turkey gather intelligence against the PKK -- have come amid the haggling with the US on the sale of armed Predators. The civilians, who were assumed to be PKK terrorists, were killed by Turkish warplanes last December.Hmmmm.....Once again Turkey (Iran's Buddy - Israel's enemy) is trying to dictate America's Foreign Policy.Read the full story here.