Stand with The Libertarian Institute

The Empire has us on the brink of nuclear Armageddon. The central bank has us flirting with economic-social collapse. Americans are increasingly paranoid of one another and simultaneously invested in wielding the state against one another.

The voices of the establishment are legion. The voices of dissent are few. Make your stand for liberty by supporting The Libertarian Institute today.

State Department Says Fighter Jet Sale to Turkey In Line With US Policy

by | Apr 7, 2022

State Department Says Fighter Jet Sale to Turkey In Line With US Policy

by | Apr 7, 2022

A potential sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey would be consistent with US policy objectives, the State Department told lawmakers in a letter, months after Ankara asked to purchase dozens of warplanes and upgrade kits.

Dated March 17, the letter to Congress stopped short of endorsing the F-16 sale outright, but said Turkey is “an important deterrent to malign influence in the region” and suggested it may be willing to go through with the deal.

While Turkey is a NATO member and owns a fleet of F-16s, its defense ties with the United States have deteriorated since Ankara bought the S-400 air defense system from Russia in 2017. The Donald Trump administration insisted the missile platform is incompatible with other NATO defense infrastructure and could even compromise US weapons systems, ultimately expelling Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program and imposing sanctions on several officials in retaliation.

Despite the controversy, Ankara asked to buy 40 new F-16s and 80 F-16 modernization kits last October, having abandoned hopes to ever see the newer F-35 in its arsenal. It has so far received no public response from the White House. 

With a new president in the Oval Office and in light of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, however, Washington now appears willing to overlook Turkey’s S-400 transgression and resume weapons sales after all..

“The administration believes that there are nonetheless compelling long-term NATO alliance unity and capability interests, as well as US national security, economic and commercial interests that are supported by appropriate US defense trade ties with Turkey,” the State Department letter said, adding that Turkey had already paid “a significant price” for its decision to buy the Russian system. 

Before finalizing any deal, the State Department will have to formally notify Congress, but some lawmakers remain vocally opposed to the sale. The letter from Foggy Bottom came in response to a previous missive from more than 50 reps in both parties who “strongly” urged Biden to reject the transfer, citing “vast human rights abuses” in Turkey.

About Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter

Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of Antiwar.com and news editor of the Libertarian Institute. Will Porter is the assistant news editor of the Libertarian Institute and a staff writer and editor at RT. Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter host Conflicts of Interest along with Connor Freeman.

Our Books

thisone

Related Articles

Related

News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 12/1/2022

US News The House and Senate have agreed to increase the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by $45 billion more than President Biden requested, POLITICO reported on Wednesday. AWC El Salvador-based journalists are suing NSO Group makers of Pegasus spyware...

read more
News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 11/29/2022

US News Former disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz is now working for Centre for Information Resilience and has registered as a foreign agent. Fox News The US has granted Chevron a limited license to restart pumping oil in Venezuela in the most significant easing of...

read more
News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 11/27/2022

Venezuela The US might soon grant Chevron a license to pump oil in Venezuela in a move that would ease crippling sanctions that were imposed on the South American country by the Trump administration. AWC Russia Poland said Monday that Germany will deploy a US-made...

read more
News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 11/21/2022

US News The Pentagon’s comptroller said that the department has failed its fifth consecutive audit. AWC Russia Poland’s president and the leader of NATO both said on Wednesday that Ukrainian air defenses, not Russia, likely fired the missile that hit Polish territory...

read more
News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 11/16/2022

Russia President Biden told reporters in Indonesia on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” the missile that hit a village in Poland Tuesday near the Ukrainian border was fired by Russia and that “preliminary” information indicates otherwise. AWC Poland is considering...

read more
News Roundup 12/1/2022

News Roundup 11/15/2022

US News The FBI bought the Israeli spyware Pegasus. The FBI Director Chris Wray says the spyware was never deployed. NYT Russia Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This