Israel’s Media Friends throw Turkey a Lifeline



… by Liz Sly,  Washington Post

The Turkish military is no longer the stabilizing force it always has been to keep the country glued together.
The Turkish military is no longer the stabilizing force it always has been to keep the country glued together

[ Editor’s Note: Most VT readers know my bi-line phrase is “You just can’t make this stuff up.” But apparently you can at the Washington Post, where I had to start the day reading something that a journalist actually got paid to do. I decided to use it to lead off the day, as it is a classic example of spin-meistering.

We live in a sea of spin, so we can spot all the usual ploys with a blindfold on. We have a good batch of experienced Cold War psyops people at VT who know this game intimately. First task is to create a false reality by presenting it as an agreed-upon framework, and then add in some light to medium critical stuff as smokescreen so that your main psyops points are not glaringly such.

Ms. Sly, (how I loved the irony there) in the first line comes out swinging with “strategic nightmare”, “enemies encroach on its borders” and “allies snub its demands.” Notice how she dispenses with how Kurds who live in northern Syria have any right to move around in their own area where they have lived for a long time, even with permission from their own government, and to push back terrorists supported by Turkey.

She transforms this into “enemies encroach”, words rarely used, but chosen carefully because the Kurds have not threatened to cross Turkey’s border. She is spinning a threat that does not exist. And mind you, an editor signed off on this copy, which is no surprise at the NeoCon Washington Post.

Next we have Turkey being spun as Russia’s oldest and nearest “rival”, when Russia has years of major investment in building long term business bonds as a main theme of its foreign policy, particularly the gas pipelines. Earlier in the blowup of relations with Turkey after the plane shoot down, Putin even mentioned the huge investment Russia had made in Turkey, and mentioned his personal investment with Erdogan.

So the WP article is spin-meistering on steroids. Tied into this morning internet jaunt was seeing InfoWars step into this Turkey-Syria furball, when Alex Jones, who has no expertise in the area, has another shillster Wayne Madsen on the show to hype the “Turkish Threat”. It is the kind of thing one would see when a handler is activating an asset to seed the media. There is more by clicking on the WP link, but VT readers can spot a lot of itJim W. Dean ]


Turkey has become the rogue elephant of NATO, who is not totally innocent either
Turkey has become the rogue elephant of NATO, which is not totally innocent either

February 20, at 7:09 PM

Beauty, history and intrigue all rolled into one sack of cats
Beauty, history and intrigue all rolled into one sack of cats
Turkey is confronting what amounts to a strategic nightmare as bombs explode in its cities, its enemies encroach on its borders and its allies seemingly snub its demands. 
As recently as four years ago, Turkey appeared poised to become one of the biggest winners of the Arab Spring, an ascendant power hailed by the West as a model and embraced by a region seeking new patrons and new forms of governance.
All that has evaporated since the failure of the Arab revolts, shifts in the geopolitical landscape and the trajectory of the Syrian war. Russia, Turkey’s oldest and nearest rival, is expanding its presence around Turkey’s borders — in Syria to the south, in Crimea and Ukraine to the north, and in Armenia to the east.
On Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced the deployment of a new batch of fighter jets and combat helicopters to an air base outside the Armenian capital, Yerevan, 25 miles from the Turkish border.

Blowback from the Syrian war in the form of a string of suicide bombings in Istanbul and Ankara, most recently on Wednesday, has brought fear to Turkish streets and dampened the vital tourist industry.

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