Impunity Under Threat: Turkey May Disintegrate NATO
By Paul Craig Roberts
August 17, 2016 "Information
Turkey leaves NATO, that would be a big change.
Turkey has been in the pockets of Washington for a
long time. If Washington was behind the coup, this
probably has damaged the relationship permanently.
Erdogan has very strong motives to realign with
Russia despite the problems he had caused. The
Russian government has a very strong interest to
overlook Turkey’s past behavior and to befriend it,
because it weakens NATO on Russia’s borders. There
is a possibility, but I don’t know how quickly it
happens and what Washington will try to do to
retrieve the relationship. It will be some sort of a
competition to establish relations with Turkey.
I think Washington will try to fix the problems with
Turkey. It has an endless supply of money, because
the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. So they
can offer to Turkish leader billions of dollars.
They can say: “look, we never really intended this.
There was some rogue operation within the
governments, but we punished them all”. Who knows
what they can say? It depends on how they asses it.
It may happen, that the Turkish leader will try to
have one foot in both camps. We will see soon by how
Turkey responds to the war in Syria. Let’s see what
Turkey is going to do.
The US and NATO don’t really have the conventional
military power to pressure Russia. The pressure
comes from American missile bases in Poland and
Romania. These bases can very easily be converted in
a few hours to strategic nuclear missiles. That
could put Russia in defensive position. That is the
real danger. If Turkey leaves NATO, it will weaken
NATO. And it may encourage thoughts out in Europe.
NATO’s purpose has changed over time. In fact, it
lost its purpose when the Soviet Union collapsed.
So, the American neo-conservatives gave NATO a new
purpose. They made it an instrument for obtaining
American Hegemony over the world and they intend to
use it to prevent the rise of Russia. What the
purpose of NATO is today – is to implicate all of
Europe in Washington war crimes. So, since all are
guilty, the European governments can’t turn on
Washington and accuse Americans of war crimes. The
other voices in the world are too weak to make any
consequences for United Stated. Therefore, we have
over fifteen years of Washington’s aggression in
North Africa, Middle East, Afghanistan; bombings,
missile attacks, invasions; millions of people are
killed, wounded, displaced, refugees overwhelming
Europe to escape from Washington’s wars. These are
all war crimes under international standards. But
yet no one accuses Washington, because NATO shares
the responsibility. The main purpose for NATO today
is to provide cover for Washington’s crimes.
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of
the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and
Creators Syndicate. He has had many university
appointments. His internet columns have attracted a
worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West,
Neoconservative Threat to World Order.