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Turkey is still Okay with the West…..

ERDOGAN

[ Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the Turkish-Arab forum in Istanbul on Thursday. ]

They can take a breath in the EU and Washington…….

The Turks have calmed down…..

After the Israeli caper……

But Turkey will not vote for further sanctions against Iran…..

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday dismissed as propaganda suggestions that Turkey’s government was abandoning its traditional Western alliances to turn East.

Addressing the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum in Istanbul, Mr. Erdogan said his government remained committed to taking Turkey into the European Union, but accused the EU of dragging its feet in membership negotiations, according to a translation of his speech by Anadolu Ajansi, the Turkish state news agency.

Mr. Erdogan also said Turkey voted on Wednesday against further sanctions on Iran at the United Nations Security Council because it “did not want to be part of a mistake……..

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Note….Someone here mentioned the old Turkish-Ottermna Empire…….That was a long time agao…The Turks alternately fought…and allied itself and parts of its country with the Russians….

Turkey at its height in power in the 1500’s conquered most of modern-day Iran……..And Iran and Turkey are modern Muslim countries adjoining each other in the Middle East…..

Turkey has long had a strong relationship with Europe and was a founding memeber of the UN in 1945.

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey and Iran get together to talk about the Middle East…..

[ Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, left, with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday in Istanbul. ]

Remember the old complaints 20 years ago about the Russians trying exert influen=ce in the Middle East?

Probably not…

A lot of people here where babies when that was going on….

Well…anyways …

We’re back to history repeating itself….

In an obvious slap at the Obama Administration….

Putin has shown up (NOT Russian President Dmiitry Medvedev) to sit down and talk over the Middle East with Trurkey….Which isn’t too happy with Israel and the US right now…..and is having a muslim reawaeaking…..and Iran…which seems to be running circles around President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton….

With the help of Turkey and Brazil ( nuclear fuel deal ) the sanction policy against Iran is stalled….

Today the New York Times has piece about how the Iranian’s are getting around sanctions

And the Russian are now on board for larger International investigation of the Israeli raid on the shipping to Gaza…..

Things are not good for the American home team…..who are further distracted by North Korea and South Korea flexing on each other….

Hillary Clinton seems to be in worst shape and busier that Obama with the fuel spill….

I wonder if she still thinks taking the job was good thing?

In remarks at the gathering of regional leaders, the third of its kind dedicated to increasing cooperation and security in Asia, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadof Iran said a nuclear agreement brokered by Turkey and Brazil last month was a one-time opportunity and other countries had called to express their support for it.

“We’ve seen a lot of support from the international arena,” he said, according to the Turkey’s official Anatolian News Agency. “This is the voice of everyone’s heart.” Mr. Ahmadinejad also maintained a defiant posture toward the United States.

“If the U.S. and its allies think they could hold the stick of sanctions and then sit and negotiate with us, they are seriously mistaken,” he told a news conference, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV satellite broadcaster. European and American officials say the vote on sanctions could come as early as Wednesday.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said Iran would not repeat its recent offer to send part of its stockpile out of Iran for enrichment. The accord, supported by Brazil and Turkey, was designed to break the deadlock over its nuclear program, according to Iran.

“The Tehran declaration provided an opportunity for the United States government and its allies. We had hoped and we are still hopeful that they use the opportunity well,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said. “I must say opportunities like this will not be repeated again.”

Mr. Putin, speaking at the conference, said sanctions should not be “excessive” but gave no details on whether Russia would change its mind on the vote. He called Iran’s nuclear program peaceful, a characterization with which Washington disagrees.

“I hold the opinion that this resolution should not be unnecessary, should not put Iran’s leadership or the Iranian people into difficulty,” Mr. Putin said.

The conference reinforces the shifting alignments in this complicated area, where regional powers like Iran and Turkey, a NATO member, are emerging as bigger players.

Turkey, whose relationship with its longtime ally Israel is fraying, has been mediating in the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East in a new activist foreign policy that has sometimes placed it at odds with Washington, its closest diplomatic and military partner.

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Note.….The Israeli’s  have set up an internal group to study the raid and its decision making…..

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ahmadinejad gets it right…..Sanctions strengthen his hand domestically….

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2010 file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with media during a press conference at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. Faced with the prospect of new sanctions because of Iran's nuclear defiance, President Ahmadinejad said Saturday, April 3, 2010 that new penalties would only strengthen the country's technological progress by encouraging it to become more self-sufficient. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

The guy’s right……

The West…The US in particular is in a box…..

They know the guy is pushing for checkmate in the region by being the first to have bomb besides India and Pakistan….

They also know that Obama and for matter Bush…don’t really want a military strike on their nuclear efforts….

Since that might succeed …but would surely reflaming the population  in the Middle East again such a strike (while those countries leaders secretly very happy, indeed)

And so we are here…..

The futile sanction policy is just Bullshit…..Ahmadinejad knows it….and so does the West….

The Israeli’s in a family fight with the West …I would think are in no position to make the strike at this time…..

And someday Iran will have the bomb…and a delivery system…..

Who knows what happens then?

In a speech, Ahmadinejad also rejected President Barack Obama’s offers of engagement, saying “three or four beautiful words” don’t mean U.S. policies have changed under his administration.

“They say they have extended a hand to Iran, but the Iranian government and nation declined to welcome that,” he said. “What kind of hand did you extend towards the Iranian nation? What has changed? Did you lift sanctions? Did you stop propaganda? Did you reduce the pressure?”

White House spokesman Bill Burton said Saturday the U.S. administration would have no comment on the Iranian president’s remarks.

Obama said Thursday that six world powers dealing with Iran’s nuclear program will develop a package of serious new punitive measures over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment in coming weeks.

China has not confirmed U.S. reports that it has dropped its opposition to possible new U.N. sanctions against Iran. China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and its support would be key to passing a resolution against Iran.

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Note….I’m sure the West’s intel organizations..with help from a select few Middle Eastern countries are working overtime to penetrate and disrupt the Iranian work…..It is unknown if they have been effective…..

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments