Kissinger felt it was a "fantasy" to think Erdogan could become pro-Western, since he is very pro-IslamicThe quote is from a leaked email entitled Turkey and ISIS (Defense Policy Board) sent to Hillary Clinton Advisor, Jake Sullivan, on January 17, 2016. The sixteen-point memo is intended to alert the Clinton campaign of the Defense Policy Board's conclusion that President Erdogan is persona non grata.
Henry Kissinger is famous for the statement that "power is the ultimate aphrodisiac." He has proven experience exercising that power while removing uncooperative heads of state.
After serving on the Defense Policy Board (DPB) for decades, 93-year-old Kissinger is the ranking elder of the council. He expressed the consensus of the group when he called the Turkish President anti-western. For Erdogan it could have been the kiss of death.
When Henry Kissinger was the National Security Advisor, Socialist President Salvador Allende of Chile died in a military coup followed by mass killings and arrests. Later, when Kissinger was the Secretary of State, a similar coup occurred in Argentina followed by a military dictatorship. Clearly, bad things happen when Henry Kissinger thinks a foreign leader is anti-Western.
Kissinger is not the only member of the DPB with experience removing foreign leaders. This leaked memo from the State Department announced the addition of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the group. Her trophies include the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, and sanctions imposed on Iraq that starved hundreds of thousands of people. She later described those actions as "worth it."
The author of the email, Stu Eizenstat, is a former Ambassador to the European Union and a former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton. He could not have known that his email would inform the public that U.S. decision makers discussed actions against President Erdogan six months before the failed coup.
Attorney Eizenstat's memo reads like a court room indictment against the Turkish leader:
Turkey is a very difficult ally. Prime Minister Erdogan has taken Turkey in a more Islamic direction,Eizenstat suggests that plans were discussed to use economic warfare and covert actions to "help" the Turkish President to understand that he "needs" America.
Erdogan was driving the country to the brink of civil conflict
His top priority and ours are different. Ours is fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. His is combating the PKK
He has acted provocatively in recent weeks... these types of actions have the risk of drawing in the U.S.
Erdogan believes the U.S. needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the U.S. There was a division in the Board of how to deal with this problem.
Along with most other world leaders, Erdogan has made many attempts to stay on the good side of the power-elite in Washington. Foreign leaders are motivated by videos showing Saddam Hussein hanging from the end of a rope and Ghaddafi being beaten and killed by a mob.
Erdogan has also seen the unfortunate spectacle of Hillary Clinton squealing with delight over Gaddafi's death. She was overjoyed that she completed her first foreign coup and could now join Kissinger and Albright in the deep state Hall of Fame. The difference between her coup and those of her elder colleagues was that they left a government in place afterwards, while Hillary Clinton left only chaos behind in Libya.
Erdogan wanted badly to cooperate with the demands made on him by the deep state but he could not comply without losing his power and possibly his life. This email shows that Erdogan dispatched his Prime Minister to request a private meeting with Hillary Clinton in September of 2015.
It is important to realize that Hillary Clinton is not currently a member of the U.S. government. The official request for a meeting by the Turkish government was unusual as was her briefing by the DPB. Welcome to the American deep state, where the functions of government rest in the hands of a small group of unelected insiders.
Additional emails to the Clinton campaign foreshadow the demise of the Turkish leader. Two weeks after the memo from Eizenstat, Campaign Chairman Podesta received an article from the German Marshall Fund, a think tank headed by a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The article is entitled Is Turkey a Reliable Ally? The conclusion of the article is a definite "no." More bad news for the Turkish President.
Erdogan is aware of his precarious position. He has seen the map created by the U.S. military illustrating what a "better" Middle East would look like. In the map, Turkey has lost a third of its territory to a new entity called Kurdistan. If Erdogan allows that to happen, his own people will rise up against him.
On July 15, a military coup was launched to remove Erdogan from power. The Turkish military sent out squads to arrest or kill the President. They put tanks on the streets and took over government facilities just as they had in previous successful military coups. This time they failed.
The Russians warned Erdogan in advance of the coup and may have actually sheltered him at their base in Syria. From his hiding place, Erdogan was able to inspire resistance to the coup and he survived. Afterwards, he arrested tens of thousands, many of whom are still incarcerated.
The leaked emails indicate that the coup took place after the deep state decided it was time for President Erdogan to go. Instead, of "drawing them closer to the U.S." the coup made Erdogan and millions of Turks understand that they are fighting for survival. Those who fight for survival usually prevail over those who fight only for the aphrodisiac effect of power.
Other nations have also decided that they must fight or face destruction. These include Syria, Iran, Russia, and China among others. Ordinary people in those nations have seen the misery of the Libyans and the Iraqi's and they would rather die than accept a similar fate.
Like the Turks, they are forced to fight because of failed foreign interventions that do not reflect the will of the people of the United States.
The American deep state has created tens of millions of enemies for the United States, and Hillary Clinton is their hand-picked choice for President.
About the author
Stephen A. Molling is a veteran of the United States Navy and the author of The Uragon Protocol, a description of a future conflict between Russia and the United States.