In the case of Turkey, which clearly hasn’t been an ally of ours, they should indeed not be allowed to have F-35s. The problem with this, however, is that they will turn to China or Russia for their next generation fighters. What’s more, they will make it official that they are allied with China and Russia, and possibly even join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Should Turkey be allowed to purchase F-35s, they would likely pass the technology on to Russia and China, resulting in America’s newest deployed weaponry being compromised. America is in a catch-22: Give Turkey what it wants and lose ground in air supremacy via technology transfer, or lose an entire nation to the axis powers. The former is the lesser of two evils in the sense that it delays the issue for a while, whereas the latter only keeps feeding Turkish belligerency and continued backstabbing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met yesterday with his Turkish counterpart, who would have us believe Turkey is still a U.S. ally. In fact, it is no more.
That’s a serious problem given Turkey’s strategic location, its membership in NATO, its control of an important U.S. base at Incirlik, and its access to sensitive American intelligence and technology. And, that problem is growing daily as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasingly aligns his rabidly Sharia-supremacist government with our adversaries like Russia, Iran and China.
The United States can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to Erdogan’s hostility and even threats to us, our allies and interests. Unless and until that permanently ends, among other responses, we cannot deem Turkey a reliable recipient of our frontline F-35 fighters.
Full article: Turkey, an Ally no More, Shouldn’t Get F-35s (Center for Security Policy)
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