Sunday, January 14, 2007

16* F-16 jet-fighters arrive Incirlik Air base in Turkey

Calipendence in the comments:
Has Bush cut a deal with the Turks they are covering up for to do an attack from Turkey on Iran? They look to be ramping up the number of American planes at Incirlik AF Base near Adana at the Syrian border.

Also, on the home front, it looks like there might be a Saturday Night Massacre going on to try and off U.S. Attorneys around the country that the Bush administration feels might spell trouble to him and his corrupt minions. The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that the feds are trying to unceremoniously force out Carol Lam, who was responsible for prosecuting Duke Cunningham, and earlier a few San Diego City Council members who were Democrats. It looks suspiciously like they're trying to avoid letting her loose on some of the newer indictments that will probably be served here soon on the likes of Brent Wilkes, Duncan Hunter, and perhaps Brian Bilbray. After I put a thread up on DU, it looks like TPM Muckraker is also picking this up this story too. Not only that it looks like they're speculating that this is happening in a number of other places around the country too now. Perhaps this is what Gonzalez and Bushco feel is their only option soon when the investigations start up in earnest. I called Henry Waxman's office this morning and got a call back and forwarded them the link to this story, so hopefully he's able to stop this crap in its tracks!

The article about Turkey that calipendence mentions - in full:
"U.S. F-16 jet-fighters arrived Thursday in Incirlik Air base in southern Turkish city of Adana after, the first time in three years.

According to Local Cihan News Agency, at least 16 F-16 jets joined by early warning system AWACS airplane, as well as tanker airplanes landed here at Incirlik coming from an American base in Germany.

An official at the U.S. embassy in Ankara announced that the planes arrived here for purpose of conducting exercises with the Turkish military in line with agreements between the two states.

Incirlik base was used as a northern recon base for American forces during the Iraqi war in 2003 and since then the base served as a logistic backup for the U.S. army.

Namik Tan, spokesman for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also confirmed that the U.S. planes arrived for exercises' purposes. (end)"

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