At a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande following their meeting in the White House today, President Barack Obama fully defended Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber, pronouncing that “Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.” Obama then tried to blame the Russian government for the incident, saying that
He then sanctimoniously urged all sides to show “restraint,” lest the crisis escalate.
After an emergency NATO meeting called today by member Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also gave full backing to Turkey:
In Ankara, a glib Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Al Jazeera,
Retired U.S. Army Col. Patrick Lang, in his Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, wrote today, “Perhaps the time has come to suspend Turkish membership in NATO before Erdogan drags us all into a war with Russia.”