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Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Original Post - May 19, 2017 - 05:26am PT
I usually don't get too exercised about the daily shocks on the news, but I got sick to my stomach watching the videos of Erdogan's security forces attacking protesters as Erdogan was leaving the Turkish embassy in Washington DC yesterday. This morning, the NY Times reported a video showing Erdogan watching the attack from his car then he and all of the attackers left and flew home.

I am not a fan of Erdogan, but it seems inconceivable to me that a head of state of a NATO ally would sanction attacking citizens of a another country while in that country.

My blood is boiling.

Is news anywhere else, or just in my fake-news bubble?
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
May 19, 2017 - 05:37am PT
Looks like you're not the only one.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/us/politics/in-new-video-turkish-president-sits-through-violent-protest.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F05%2F18%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fin-new-video-turkish-president-sits-through-violent-protest.html&eventName=Watching-article-click&_r=0

Investigators were paying particular attention to two members of the Turkish security detail who assaulted American Diplomatic Security officers assigned to protect the visiting delegation.

The men were briefly detained on the scene Tuesday and their guns confiscated. But when it was determined that they held diplomatic status, they were promptly released, according to a congressional aide briefed on the State Department’s investigation. By the time video of what had happened outside the ambassador’s residence shot across the internet Tuesday night, stoking outrage in the United States, the two men were on their way out of the country with Mr. Erdogan and the rest of his entourage.

The two men remain the subject of an active criminal investigation and will not be allowed to re-enter the United States, the aide said.

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 19, 2017 - 06:08am PT
"we have to defeat Isis" it was a campaign promise. The erosion of our freedoms is merely collateral damage. Turkey bought influence through Flynn, fair and square.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2017 - 06:30am PT
Got it. Thanks, Jon.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 19, 2017 - 06:46am PT
Anybody who insists on dragging their asinine ancestral squabbles over here to their New Country probably deserves to get their asses beat.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 19, 2017 - 06:48am PT
this is what passes for decorum among thugs. many of us are reeling from one disgusting assault on civility to the next
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
May 19, 2017 - 06:49am PT
Erdogan is a thug. Thugs are very popular with our Commander in Chief. Unfortunately for human beings everywhere thuggery seems to be a growth industry. Is this the new normal, or just the "normal de jour"? The latter, I hope.
c wilmot

climber
May 19, 2017 - 07:25am PT
This has to do with trump deciding to arm the Kurdish forces in northern Syria who are battling Isis. Much to turkeys dismay.

This quagmire of supporting various forces in Syria who spend more time fighting each other rather than Isis or the Syrian military has its roots deep in the Obama admin

What's tragic is the plight of the Syrian people caught in the middle of this proxy war

"Defeating isis" is just propaganda. Obama showed little interest and neither has trump. There is too much money to be made off of chaos and death


https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/trump-kurds-syria-army.amp.html

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 19, 2017 - 07:35am PT
What's most amazing to me is that those losers in Brussels still want to allow Turkey into the EU. Bureaucrats have no shame.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
May 19, 2017 - 08:13am PT
Pretty outrageous that those thugs seem to have gotten away with this. They should all be arrested and charged.

Erdogan's bodyguards are acting like they think they are in Turkey.

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/17/trump-praises-erdogan-whose-bodyguards-assault-protesters-washington/

frostback

Social climber
great white north
May 19, 2017 - 08:45am PT
Gosh, where are the ST trolls leaping to the defence of a fellow thug life traveller of trump?
crøtch

climber
May 19, 2017 - 09:22am PT
drF

Trad climber
usa
May 19, 2017 - 09:31am PT
Gosh, where are the ST trolls leaping to the defence of a fellow thug life traveller of trump?

They're all HERE on this thread with you FB. Tooling each others 3rd eye on yet another Trumpish thread.

You brainwashed clowns are obsessed with Trump
brotherbbock

climber
Alta Loma, CA
May 19, 2017 - 09:36am PT
Dont' see guys in suits goin fist-a-cuffs all too often....
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 19, 2017 - 10:40am PT
This has to do with trump deciding to arm the Kurdish forces in northern Syria who are battling Isis. Much to turkeys dismay.

This quagmire of supporting various forces in Syria who spend more time fighting each other rather than Isis or the Syrian military has its roots deep in the Obama admin

What's tragic is the plight of the Syrian people caught in the middle of this proxy war

"Defeating isis" is just propaganda. Obama showed little interest and neither has trump. There is too much money to be made off of chaos and death

c wilmot..... he gets it.

with allies like Turkey, who needs allies?

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 19, 2017 - 11:00am PT

Of course the thugs will claim diplomatic immunity so can't be prosecuted for their despicable acts.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 19, 2017 - 11:13am PT
with allies like Turkey, who needs allies?

Well put.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 19, 2017 - 11:22am PT
Welcome to 1930 all over again. This time instead of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, we have:

Putolini, Tweetler, Dutertanco, and Erdoglin...
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
May 19, 2017 - 12:28pm PT
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 19, 2017 - 01:51pm PT
After that impressive show of power, I'm sure Trump will want to personally invite him to visit the White House, just like he did to Duterte.
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