OBAMA IS NO DAVUTOGLU, AND THE WORLD KNOWS IT
On November 23, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu authorized the downing of a Russian Sokhoi-24 jet that violated Turkish airspace. The pilots of two Turkish F-16s gave the Russian pilots 10 warnings to leave Turkish airspace over the course of 5 minutes. Consistent with Russia’s cavalier intrusions into Turkish airspace since the start of its Syrian campaign, the Russian pilots ignored the warnings. Consequently, the F-16s fired air to air missiles that took down the Sokhoi-24. This action reveals that Prime Minister Davutoglu has what it takes to stand up against Putin’s refusal to respect the vital national interests of Turkey. What we are about to witness from the Obama Administration will no doubt reconfirm to Davutoglu and the rest of the world that unlike Davutoglu, President Obama lacks what it takes to defend America’s vital national interests and prefers conflict avoidance.
Were Russian planes to have violated American airspace, Obama would be wracked with indecision at the critical moment when U.S. commanders sought authorization to shoot down the invading plane. Davutoglu had no such hesitancy. Davutoglu courageously led his military to defend the sovereign integrity of his nation. The world, and particularly Vladimir Putin, knows that Obama lacks the decisiveness and will to defend his own nation’s interests.
Despite Russian protestations that its Sokhoi-24 never left Syrian airspace, Turkish radar tracking confirms the incursion. After the downing of its plane, Putin warned Davutoglu of “serious consequences” for the downing of the Russian jet. Davutoglu is unflappable and has assured Putin that further incursions into Turkish airspace will result in the same response.
The two pilots of the Russian jet parachuted from their plane and were both alive during most of their descent. They landed in a Syrian border town of Latakia. One of the two was killed mid-air from assault rifle fire from anti-Assad group commandos of the 10th Brigade. Those forces have been the subject of Russian airstrikes in its effort to provide support for Assad’s government forces. The Russian jet crashed in the Turkmen Mountains.
In October, NATO warned Russia that its repeated incursions into Turkish airspace were unacceptable and would pose “extreme danger” for Russian jets. Russia brazenly defied the NATO warnings and has routinely violated Turkish airspace over the past two months. Turkey has devoted considerable military resources to rebuffing ground based incursions into its territory from rebel and Syrian government forces. From the start of the Russian campaign, Davutoglu warned Putin that incursions into Turkish airspace would not be tolerated.
Having endeavored unsuccessfully to stop Russian incursions through diplomatic means, Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu made good on his promise to strike down aircraft violating Turkey’s airspace. Unlike Obama, Davutoglu did not draw a red line made of disappearing ink. Obama’s infamous line drawing in Syria, whereupon he demanded destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons stockpiles or face a U.S. military response, resulted in international disgrace as Obama backtracked and refused to take any action against Assad when Syrian government forces used chemical weapons on rebel forces and civilian populations.
Now Turkey looks to NATO for support. Aware of Obama’s weakness, Turkey is not asking the United States in particular to beef up policing of the Turkish border despite the recent U.S. deployment of F-15s to Incirlik Air Base. Davutoglu knows that, at best, he will be able to get supportive lip service from the U.S. state department but, under Obama, he will not receive any meaningful assistance directly from the U.S.
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Were Russian planes to have violated American airspace, Obama would be wracked with indecision at the critical moment when U.S. commanders sought authorization to shoot down the invading plane.