Congress Pushing Secretary Clinton to NOT Sign Turkish Missile Defense Agreement During Her Travel
They can’t be serious.
Anyone want to take a guess as to why? Oh, come on, you know…Israel! It’s ALWAYS about Israel, even when it shouldn’t be:
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets to Istanbul on Friday, senators and their staffs will be watching closely to see if she moves the ball forward on an agreement to station U.S. missile defense radar there, an agreement many Republicans oppose.
“We write with concern over recent reports that the administration may be nearing completion of a bilateral agreement with the Turkish Government to base a U.S. AN/TPY-2 (X-Band) radar in Turkey,” wrote Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in a July 12 letter to Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta obtained by The Cable.
Kyl and Kirk also suggested that they will attempt to thwart any missile defense agreement with Turkey unless the Turks agree to share data with Israel, stop violating Iran sanctions laws, and keep the system under the control of U.S. personnel.
“Secretary Clinton knows the Congress well and she knows that support for a radar in Turkey will quickly collapse on both sides of the aisle if the Turks get any control over its operational activity or veto rights over sharing data with Israel,” the aide said. “Given Turkey’s strained relationship with Israel and non-compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran, there’s a strong feeling that if the Turks have any operational control over the radar we can be sure it will be turned off the day we need it most.”
Last I checked, missile defense was a NATO gig and Israel wasn’t a member of NATO. Our money, our missile defense system, we should put it wherever the hell we want to, so long as the recipient country agrees.
I certainly hope Secretary Clinton ignores these pandering politicians and goes ahead and signs the agreement.