Apparently, President Obama has no problem leaving our allies, Poland and the Czech Republic, defenseless and in the lurch but he's cool with this so-called 'moderate' Islamic country defending themselves.
Turkey's military on Friday said it was planning to spend close to US$1 billion (S$1.44 billion) for its first long-range missile defence system.
The Turkish announcement came a day after US President Barack Obama cancelled a long-planned missile shield for Eastern Europe, replacing a Bush-era project that was opposed by Russia with a plan he contended would better defend against Iranian missiles.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey's move was aimed at strengthening the country's defence, rejecting media speculation that the system is meant specifically to protect the country from Iranian missiles.
'Turkey's purchase of Patriot (missiles) has nothing to do with Iran or directly with any other country,' Mr Davutoglu told CNN-Turk television in an interview on Friday. 'There should absolutely be no connection between Patriots and Iran.'
Unh-huh. Right. The Strategy Page has some additional info about the systems being purchased. Funny how the Russians aren't getting all exercised about these missiles, isn't it???
Perhaps because they are too busy testing ways to smuggle them into Iran...
Or perhaps because they're too busy playing all coy about their sale (currently 'frozen') of the S-300 defense system to the Iranians. If Russia's freeze thaws on these missiles all bets are off. Israeli MP says S-300 missiles may force airstrike on Iran.
Or perhaps they are just too darn too busy playing our President for the inexperienced fool he apparently is. For his part, President Obama has sent his all his little aides out with their talking points about 'cost concerns'.
Make me barf.