Source: Stephen Lendman

Much needs sorting out before concluding one way or the other for sure. My initial reaction regarded what happened as a CIA-orchestrated plot, an agency specialty, wanting Erdogan replaced with a more easily controlled Turkish leader.

I then had doubts. Alleged coup plotters were sloppy and ineffective, more like a gang unable to shoot straight. Toppling governments requires involvement of a select few capable individuals sworn to secrecy, careful planning, enough military support and precision execution.

Last Friday and Saturday events played into Erdogan’s hands. Instead of ousting him, he’s emboldened to target, mass arrest and eliminate thousands of military, political and other regime critics.

Anyone opposing his policies faces harsh retaliation, imprisonment for expressing public criticism, notably by independent journalists, academics, human rights workers, trade unionists and other activists for justice.

Erdogan admitted on national television he knew at least hours in advance of what was coming. Did he plan it as an excuse to clean house?

The most obvious way to oust a regime is by cutting off its head first. Erdogan was returning to Istanbul after vacationing in Marmaris at the time.

According to Reuters, “(a)t (the) height of (the) coup bid, rebel (F-16) jets had (his) plane in their sights.”

A former Turkish military officer “with knowledge of the events” explained “(a)t least two F-16s…locked their radars on his plane and two other F-16s protecting him.”

Why didn’t they shoot him down, an obvious way to eliminate him, making the toppling of his regime easier, a new leader ready to assume power.

Erdogan’s dubious account, claiming coup plotters tried attacking him at his resort location, not knowing he already left strains credibility.