Part of our core mission? Exposing the Left's blatant hypocrisy. Help us continue the fight and support the 2021 Year-End Campaign now.

Harold Hutchison / July 27, 2018

Trump Takes on Erdogan’s Regime

Standing strong for a detained American pastor; yanking F-35s until further notice.

If you’re wondering if Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan is taking any hints lately, well, we have some answers. While pastor Andrew Brunson is being released from prison, he is still being detained under house arrest by the increasingly Islamist and tyrannical Erdogan regime. Congress is getting tough, putting provisions in the defense policy bill that block Turkey from getting F-35s.

This is long overdue. The fact of the matter is that Ergodan has been no friend of the United States, and he certainly seems to have more in common with the bad guys of the world than as a leader committed to securing human rights and freedom — a true NATO ally. When you detain a Christian pastor on trumped up charges of taking part in a coup, maybe you don’t get American F-35s.

Even without the unjustified detention of pastor Brunson, a reevaluation of America’s relationship with Turkey has long been overdue. Thankfully, President Donald Trump has come around on this, publicly demanding Brunson’s release with the threat of sanctions. If you’re detaining Americans on trumped up charges, you’re not exactly a friend of America.

We laid out a few markers earlier this year indicating it’s not a good idea to give a fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter to Turkey. Seriously, would you give a friend of Hamas the F-35, the latest in fighter technology? There may be some international disputes that people can disagree on, but the one between the genocidal maniacs of Hamas over Israel is not one of them. Being a friend of Hamas is clearly a sign on impaired judgement at best.

Some observers are making a big deal out of Turkey buying the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. This is not a friendship-ending move in and of itself. Greece acquired S-300s in the 1990s after Russia made an ill-advised sale during the Yard Sale at the End of History. But Greece has let Israel train against its S-300 battery.

Turkey can certainly be a huge help to the rest of NATO by allowing the S-400 to hang out at Nellis Air Force Base a few times a year to take part in Red Flag exercises. Giving American and NATO pilots a chance to train against this Russian system is the least a NATO ally that managed to buy it can do.

Turkey is slated to buy 100 F-35As. While two have been delivered, both are at Luke Air Force Base — and America can easily repossess them. The other 98 are still on order or in the production line — and it’s easy to redirect them to a more deserving country.

So far, Erdogan’s still being a jerk about all this. He’s going to find that comes with a heavy price. Like maybe seeing Israel get those 100 F-35s on his dime. It would be a better deal for the United States…

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.