CIA Desperate Turkey Coup Attempt
By F. William
July 18, 2016
On the evening
of July 15, a group of Turkish army officers
announced that they had staged a military coup
d’etat and had assumed control of the country. They
claimed that Erdogan was in a desperate flight for
his life and that they were now in the process of
restoring order. The only problem for those army
officers and their sponsors far away in Langley,
Virginia and Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania– where
Turkish political operator, Fetullah Gülen, hides in
exile under CIA protection–is that they did not
succeed. Behind the coup attempt is a far more
dramatic story of the huge geopolitical shift that
the often unpredictable political survivor,
President (still) Recep Erdogan, was in the midst of
making when Gülen’s loyalists made their desperate,
now apparently failed coup attempt. What follows is
a series of Q&A remarks to the background of the
dramatic events unfolding in a pivotal part of the
would you comment on the events of Friday to
Saturday evening, when the army carried out a coup?
Are these events were predictable?
The coup was a reaction to the recent dramatic
geopolitical shift of Erdogan. It was instigated by
networks in Turkey loyal to the CIA. It clearly was
a desperate move, ill-prepared.
do you think are the real reasons for such a move of
WE: This was a network of officers
inside the Army loyal to the Fetullah Gülen
Movement. Gülen is a 100% CIA controlled asset. He
even lives since years in exile in Saylorsburg,
Pennsylvania having gotten safe passage and a green
card by former top CIA people like Graham Fuller and
the former US Ambassador to Ankara.
Gülen has been
a decades-long mad project of the CIA to weaponize
political Islam as an instrument of regime change.
Recall that in 2013 there were mass protests against
Erdogan in Istanbul and elsewhere. That was when
Gülen, who previously had made a deal with Erdogan’s
AK Party, broke and criticized Erdogan as a tyrant
in the Gülen-controlled media such as Zaman. Since
then Erdogan has been moving to root out his
internal most dangerous adversary, Gülen and
friends, including raids on Zaman and other
Gülen-controlled media. This is not about a battle
between the White Knight and Evil Knievel. It is
about power pure in Turkish politics. If you are
interested in the details of the Gülen CIA project I
urge readers to look in my book, The Lost Hegemon
(German: Amerikas Heilige Krieg).
you think these events in Turkey could lead to civil
war, as interpreted by some commentators?
I doubt that. The Gülen Movement in the past two
years has been severely reduced in influence by
Erdogan and his head of intelligence—purges etc. The
traditional so-called Ataturk Army as State Guardian
is long gone …since the 1980s.
interesting to watch now will be the foreign policy
of Erdogan: Rapprochement with Russia, reopening
talks on the Russia Turkish Stream gas pipeline to
the Greek border. The simultaneous Erdogan
rapprochement with Netanyahu. And most critical,
Erdogan’s apparent agreement, part of Putin’s
demands for resumption of ties, that Turkey cease
efforts to topple Assad by covertly backing DAESH or
other terrorists in Syria and training them in
Turkey, selling their oil on the black market. This
is a huge geopolitical defeat for Obama, probably
the most incompetent President in American history
(even though he has some serious competition for the
title from George W. Bush and Clinton).
you believe that in this way Erdogan indeed be
WE: Not likely as it now looks. Even
in the early hours when Erdogan was able to tell
media that it was a Gülen coup try, I was convinced
Gülen would fail. Today, July 16, it seems he has
failed. The CIA has egg on its face and Obama and
NATO try to cover it up by their “warm embrace of
the democratically elected Erdogan (sic!).” They
cared not that in Ukraine when the CIA ran the
Maidan Square coup in February 2014, that Viktor
Yanukovic was the “democratically elected president
of Ukraine.” Look at the mess Washington made there
in their effort to provoke a split between Russia
and the EU.
should we interpret the information alleged that
Erdogan sought asylum in Germany, and do you think
that Germany would not approve?
There are many wild rumors. I have no information on
do you put the United States and Russia in relation
to recent events?
It should be clear from what I have said that
Washington was behind the coup as their impotent
reaction to the major Erdogan geopolitical shift
since June, when he fired Davotoglu as Prime
Minister and named loyalist Binali Yıldırım. At that
point Erdogan simultaneously turned away from the
Washington anti-Assad strategy in Syria and towards
Israel (who is in a sharp geopolitical conflict with
Washington these days), towards Russia and now, even
towards Assad in Syria.
impact on developments has the fact that Turkey is a
member of NATO?
This is difficult to assess. Washington desperately
needs Turkey in NATO for its global strategy,
especially in controlling oil flows of the Middle
East, and now its natural gas. This is why the
moment it was clear the coup would fail, Obama and
company “embraced” their “friend” Erdogan. It’s
called damage control in intelligence parlance.
you believe that it is good for Turkey that Erdogan
and the current government is removed in this way,
rather than in the elections?
By the time I am writing this, it appears he is
firmly still in power, perhaps more than before.
do you think the events in Turkey may affect the
WE: The EU is in the process of dissolving as a
project. It was always a monstrous idea, encouraged
in the 1950s by Churchill, by the early CIA and
their European friends like Monnet, in order for the
US better to control Europe. That was obvious when
President Obama made his brazen intervention into
British politics to tell the British not to exit the
EU. The European Union is a monstrous top-down
faceless bureaucracy, unelected, unanswerable to the
people, sitting in Brussels next to NATO
the dissolution. It will now go rather fast now is
my feeling. Perhaps Hungary will be next if the CIA
is not able to do a color revolution against Orban
before their October referendum on “Huexit.” France?
Marie Le Pen’s supporters and millions of French are
fed up with dictates from Brussels. Look at the
recent criminal decision, despite huge scientific
evidence that glyphosate, the widest-used weed
killer in the EU, is carcinogenic, to ignore all
health and safety evidence even of EU governments,
and arbitrarily re-approve it for 18 more months of
poisoning of the food and the population. This is
not what the people of Europe or anywhere deserve
from their civil servants.
do you think the events in Turkey may affect the
migrant crisis, and do you expect the reopening of
so-called Balkan route for refugees?
It’s too early to say. If Erdogan and Assad,
brokered by Putin and Russia, and perhaps some
cooperation from Israel, manage to make true peace
in Syria, the refugee flow from the war could cease.
People want to return home, rebuild their lives in
their own country.
William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and
lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from
Princeton University and is a best-selling author on
oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online