US sending 400 troops to Turkey for Syrian Crisis

Are we really protecting Turkey or are we trying to take out Assad’s air power?

NPR – “The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from a potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday.” (The Associated Press)

CNN adds that “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order en route to Turkey, where he is visiting Incirlik Air Base, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.”

Panetta told CBS News that when the systems are in place, in about a month, Turkey “will be able to have a pretty complete defense missile protection system … because of their concerns about that region and the threats that they think they are confronting.” The 400 U.S. military personnel will be in Turkey to operate the systems.

The New York Times says “the American batteries will be part of a broader push to beef up Turkey’s defenses that will also include the deployment of four other Patriot batteries — two from Germany and two from the Netherlands. All six units will be under NATO’s command and control and are scheduled to be operational by the end of January, according to officials in Washington.”

And The Wall Street Journal writes that:

“The deployment approved by Mr. Panetta would mark a sharp expansion of the Pentagon’s role along Syria’s borders and comes amid increasing U.S. concern that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, under pressure from rebel forces, could resort to using chemical weapons. The U.S. says Mr. Assad recently used Scud missiles as part of his offensive against rebels, alarming countries in the region.”

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    …“the American batteries will be part of a broader push to beef up Turkey’s defenses that will also include the deployment of four other Patriot batteries — two from Germany and two from the Netherlands. All six units will be under NATO’s command and control…”

    Great, just great. *sigh*

    • bbitter

      Bingo. Taking our troops out of our command only grants Obama culpable deniability. This is a setup.

      We were running guns into Syria to the rebels Via Turkey. Russia found out and Turkey got spooked by Russia, (which supports Assad), and shut it down. Arms deal fell apart and they came to talk to the CIA contact about it. After the turkish rep got done speaking with our guys in Benghazi, we were attacked and our ambassador and soldiers killed while our troops were ordered to stand-down. Now, the contact is dead, tracks are being covered as thick and fast as they can, Turkey has deniability, Obama has deniability, and Russia can rail against NATO all they want.

      This is business as usual and a complete setup for our troops and international politics. Russia already deployed Iskander missiles to Syria when they heard NATO announce approval for Patriot missiles for Turkey. Iskander missiles are designed to take out and have features and tactical abilities to render patriot missile systems useless as an anti-missile or no-fly zone deterrent. The patriots are going there for some other reason; they are a pawn in the game of chess, one that will be sacrificed as cover for another move.

      • Of course! Why are we sending troops to help faithful muslims that have also begun taking over Turkey and reestablish the preworldwar muslim ottoman empire? As Christians , we must become aware of all the martyrs that suffered under the muslim empire and how modern day Turkey is much worst than anything they claim Israel to be, for Constantinople was the capital of the Roman Empire for over 1000 years, and the Christian government was attacked for over 600 years, until finally in a moment of weakness, post 4th roman catholic crusade against fellow Christians, it became weak enough to finally be overrun by muslim who are now occupiers who hypocritically attack Israel while continuing to force millions of Christians out of Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and so many other nations! The islamic inspired wars have begun and sadly our government is on the wrong side with hussein obama at the helm :-(!

        btw, a great book talking about the great testimony of Christian martyrs under ottoman empire is Michael Vaporis’ “Witnesses for Christ”

  • I’m with Scoop, there is more to this story than meets the eye or what they are saying.

    • sDee

      Zbigniew Brzezinski has long advocated a destabilization approach to the Middle East.

      Zbigniew Brzezinski was Hussein Obama’s mindshaper in Columbia.

      Zbigniew Brzezinski is a founding member of the CFR and Bilderberg.

      Who is really driving our foreign policy in the Middle East?

      Who was behind the destabilization of Iran and the rise of islamic supremacy there? Who was behind the mujaheddin and bin Laden, which became the Taliban?

      Zbigniew Brzezinski: How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
      “Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

      “There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.”

      Now We Know: How the Obama Administration is Going to Bring Disaster to the Middle East and U.S. Interests

      • Thanks for that… I’ll look at the links later when I have more time.

      • Susitna

        Thanks for the links!

  • JeffWRidge

    Yeah, that’s what we need. To be involved in another possible conflict overseas. So, does anyone want to make any bets on how long it takes Code Pink and the other anti-war groups to come out and protest this?

    Personally, I’m hedging my bet. I’m putting five dollars on never, and another five on right after a Republican takes office as president.

  • 911Infidel

    Wow. Another stupid-a$$ move on the part of the jihadist sympathizer and his useful idiots in DC. First he wants to help out an Islamist state that is getting closer to the Azeris in Tehran. Killing two birds with one stone, the morons want to help out the jihadists in Syria. These are the same people whose motto is “Christians to the cross. Alawites to the wall.”; who are supported by a PM who said “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”

    Who came up with that idiotic plan? Dalia Mogahed or Huma Albedin maybe? Or the other imbecile Valarie Jarrett?

    Yeah the Ikwan is deeply ensconced in this regime.

  • sDee

    They are already there.

    And in Jordan

    Assad will not use chemical weapons. The “rebels” (alQueda and MB) that we are arming and supporting are in the process of taking control of Assad’s chemical weapons.

    • DavidRobertson


      Won’t be long before a chemical attack mysteriously appears on our shores. Of course, we’ll work hard to find the real perpetrators.

      • Just like OJ Simpson, right?

      • sDee

        I often wonder who has the leash on these barbarians.

      • sDee

        “Won’t be long before a chemical attack mysteriously appears on our shores.”

        or a false flag to justify finishing off Assad?

    • Orangeone

      And the MB and AQ will use those chemical weapons on American soldiers then launch them on America!

  • Amberson

    How will this affect Israel? Do we have troops there, too?

    • I take it your question was sarcastic. As we all know NObama doesn’t care about Israel.

      • Amberson

        Part sarcasm, part serious. Will having troops in Turkey mean we can turn those forces AGAINST Israel???? I’m concerned about a conflict arising between the two of them and what side are we on then? Not good…

  • Nukeman60

    Let’s see. The US is arming Egypt and Turkey – the two potential candidates for the head of the Caliphate. It looks like Obama is fortifying both the southern and northern fronts in a battle with Israel. Can Israel withstand an onslaught from all the Arab nations, amply supplied by the US?

    Only God can save them.

    • Amberson

      My question exactly. We are arming Syria, too!

  • colliemum

    These news fill me with despair, because we all know that these missiles can be used against another state, which is always ‘a threat’ to the ME: Israel.

    Pray that God protect and keep Israel!

  • DavidRobertson

    Wait a second…is this the same Turkey that gives us so much hell when we ask to fly over their airspace? The same one that has been criticizing the US and backing extremists in the region? Yeah…there is way more to the story here.

    Perhaps Turkey has finally realized that Obama is on their side. Probably took a while for it to sink in.

    • And the same Turkey behind the flotillas sending arms to terrorists in Gaza.

    • Orangeone

      Yes, the same Turkey they were afraid to ask to save the 4 Americans in Benghazi! Let Turkey fall to Assad, another worthless moooslim country.

  • DavidRobertson

    I’m curious to get Netanyahu’s take on all this…need to do some digging to see if they are making any comments one way or another.

  • sjmom

    And if a Republican president did this???????????

  • mrsjg

    Or are we just getting more troops out of the way instead of being here???

    • Orangeone

      Great comment! With the ROE, enlistment is down. Some in Congress are moving to include females in the DRAFT! I say let’s DRAFT 100% on welfare, unarmed and without protection by the armed forces. Put them on the front line in every conflict, starting with this 400 and the 3,000 being sent to Iraq.

  • Even though Turkey is a nominal NATO “ally,” why are we really helping the Turks with anything? They are not much of an ally, their radical Islamic leader takes every opportunity he can to insult both the United States and Israel, and let’s not forget they gave us no help when we needed it to invade Iraq when Saddam Hussein was there. So why are we really helping these people at all? The Turks have a very large Army and a decent Navy and a very credible air force. So what do they need us for? If the Europeans are so hot on helping the Turks, let them do it. This is just one more attempt to get us sucked into the Syrian civil war, a conflict we have no business being in. Let the Turks handle it and let’s stay out of a Middle Eastern war for once.

  • Don

    The Muslim Brotherhood/Sharia Law will not takeover the Middle East unless Obama with American billions of taxpayer dollars and military might make that happen. As they emerge as rulers of the Middle East, American power and exceptionalism will be reduced to levels not seen in decades. We are on the road to American subservience and over half of the American voters willingly support our demise. America as leader of the free world no longer exists.

  • Sober_Thinking

    This is a bolshoi move by this crooked, Muslim regime of ours… Turkey has one of the largest, most modern armies in the region.

    When you consider how Walid Shoebat pointed out that America will be fighting Turkey near Armeggedon… and will lose… you can see how much of a tool Obama has become for Satan.

  • unclesamnephew

    will the miltary be following rules developed by Ms. Powers? will the miltary have obey new rules in dealing with the towel heads? will the miltary have a set end date? will Obama have our miltary back covered? questions and more questions

  • mikeinidaho

    Wow, and it will only take a month to implement, huh? Way to move with all due speed there, Barry! Notice you waited until AFTER the BS election, huh?

  • Diogenes_wy

    According to end times theology, the anti-christ will arise out of Turkey.

    The Vietnamese Cong were most terrified by only two groups fighting against them, the Australians (who took ears as trophies) and the Turks who took great delight in the torturous ‘slow kill’.

    If you have read the Quoran, there is no way you can trust anyone who believes in this book.

  • aZjimbo

    Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, etc. Where else are we going to? In the meantime our own country is falling apart.