Whiskey, tango, foxtrot? via Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles, U.S. troops to Turkey – CBS News.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed an order to send two U.S. Patriot missile batteries to Turkey, along with about 400 troops to secure and operate them along the country’s southern border with Syria, he told CBS News on Friday.
The deployment, confirmed by Panetta to CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick aboard a flight from Afghanistan to Turkey, is part of a NATO effort to help shield Turkey from any missiles fired by Syria, and it came as the defense chief said for the first time that previous intelligence indicated the Syrian regime was “very serious about potentially using” chemical weapons.
Obama said Israel could defend itself from Hamas attacks so why can’t Turkey defend itself? Meanwhile, the U.S. has troops in Jordan, now Turkey, some “non-combat” contingent in Iraq and who knows what in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Interestingly, while Obama won’t defend Israel, the U.S. is selling Israel 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits and thousands of other bombs valued at $647 million (for the coming Iran strike?). Congress has also asked for several hundred million, above the $100M Obama requested, in direct aid to Israel. That is on top of the annual $3.1 billion in U.S. military aid Israel receives.
And to counter Israel’s U.S. funded strength, Obama is sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. An Egypt as you all know is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama and all politicians are playing all sides of the
fiscal cliff fence – all at taxpayer expense.
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