With the airforce Exercise Pitch Black upon us in Darwin again, serious question arise about our ‘special relationship’ with the US. In 2014 we hosted among other Nations, the UAE , whose pilots promptly went to Libya to secretly bomb from the air.
See previous post https://asidewrite.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/scratch-my-back-and-ill-deny-it/
UAE FIGHTER JET OVER DARWIN
This year among other nations we (the US) have invited Turkey to our Pitch Black exercise. With the situation occuring in Turkey over the last few days, I wonder what this will mean.
The General in charge of Turkeys airforce in 2014 is now deamed a coup leader and is to be tried for treason.
Haartz report today states Turkish Air Force General Akin Ozturk who was arrested on Saturday served as military attaché to Israel 1998 -2000 and later as commander of Turkey’s air force.The 64-year-old military figure stepped down as air force commander last year, but continued to serve on Turkey’s Supreme Military Council.
In another report (yeah I know its the Telegraph but where else do you read the MSM line) we read that… “The rebel army faction – who called themselves the Peace Council and denounced Mr Erdogan’s increasingly non-secular and autocratic approach – said they were trying to overthrow the government to “protect human rights”.
Where have we heard that before?
Wait for it…. John Kerry has something to say about claims of US involvement…..
Kerry called Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for a second day running to promise US support in probing the putshe like assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation adding… “public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,”
Earlier, Turkey’s labour minister Suleyman Soylu had reportedly suggested the United States was behind the revolt, which triggered fighting that left at least 265 dead.
The United States was quick to denounce the military revolt in its NATO ally Turkey and to express support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s elected government.
But some Turkish officials have reportedly suggested the United States was covertly sympathetic to the rogue military officers, a claim Kerry angrily denied.”
So where to from here in Pitch Black, (a descriptor of the nature of where we stand blindly receiving no real information about the real nature of these displays of military prowess and wasted public money in these war games?)
The NT see it as a tourist attraction! We get in free! 💃
“Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016. Nations represented will include: Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Oh yeah, are we still hosting the Turkish airforce?