Nuclear weapons in Turkey are a stupid idea: Remove the U.S.’s nukes. Don’t let Erdogan build his own.

Many, many different factions are fighting each other in Syria.  The U.S. is funding several of the factions that are fighting each other.  The U.S. should not participate in the complex civil war.  But Trump made a serious mistake by moving U.S. military troops from one area where they were fighting with the Kurds against a common enemy, so they could fight in a different part of Syria in order to protect somebody’s oil.

Trump keeps screwing the U.S.’s allies and helping brutal autocrats.  Trump’s Syria decisions helped Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan.

For many decades the U.S. has stationed nuclear weapons in Turkey.  In fact, that’s what prompted the Soviet Union to locate some of their nuclear weapons in Cuba.  The U.S.’s nuclear weapons in Turkey were very close to the USSR’s border, so they were very provocative.  This provoked the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.


Trump’s policies about Syria and Turkey made the U.S.’s nuclear weapons in Turkey a hot issue again.  Those 50 U.S. nuclear weapons stored in Turkey are not needed.  See this article:


Turkey’s Erdogan is a brutal authoritarian. This article discusses whether the U.S. should remove our 50 nuclear weapons from Turkey:


Now Turkey’s abusive, authoritarian leader says he wants his own nuclear weapons.
Trump’s pullout of U.S. troops from Syria opened the way for Turkey and Russia to gain ground there.
Trump has done much for Turkey, where he has a Trump Tower in Istanbul.

By the way, Turkey is a NATO member.

Also, Turkey signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1969 and its commitment went into force in 1980.
Getting nuclear weapons would violate the NPT.

See this article:











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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093