The Turkish regime was given an ultimatum by the U.S. Senate this past week: either abandon their acquisition of the Russian-made S-400 air defenses system or face expulsion from the F-35 program.
The U.S. Senate recently gave this ultimatum to Turkey after the latter continued with their acquisition of the S-400 air defense system.
“For Turkey to remain in the F-35 program, it can’t move ahead with procurement” of the Russian system known as the S-400, Senator James Inhofe said in a statement.
Inhofe, who has succeeded the late John McCain as head of the Senate panel, commented in response to a Pentagon report, mandated by Congress, that warned “the administration will reassess Turkey’s continued participation as one of the eight partner nations should they continue their purchase of the S-400.”
“Turkey is an important NATO ally, but they need to act like it as well,” he said. “Turkey must make a decision between Russia and the West. If it moves ahead with buying the S-400 from Russia, there will be consequences.”
Traditionally, it is the President of the United States who conducts foreign affairs, while the Congress (House & Senate) tend to their Constituents needs at home.
So why, then, has the US Senate taken to meddling in this situation?
It seems to me that Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35 and spends heavily on POLITICAL DONATIONS, is flexing its Lobbying muscle. Why else would the Senate bother with a foreign weapons sale which is otherwise a trivial thing?
Thus, it seems clear to me that once again, money talks when it comes to our elected officials. It looks to me as though our US Senate is " steppin'-and-fetchin' " for those who make the big campaign donations.
Have they no shame; to be so obviously in the pocket of a military contractor? Shamelessly doing the bidding of political donors?
It makes me sick.