It’s a fair bet that most people would find it surprising that not only is the Republic of Turkey a member of the NATO alliance, but also has the second numerically largest military within the same.
Not only does the 99 percent Muslim nation have the second largest military in NATO, the Turkish nation has more troops in their armed forces than the combined strengths of fellow NATO members Great Britain, Canada, Greece, and Spain combined.
But in the wake of our alleged “ally” purchasing an advanced new missile system from Russia, along with the fresh military incursion into Syria, more than a few in the West can’t help but wonder what Turkish President Recep Erdoğan’s endgame truly is.
As reported by The New York Times via MSN.com;
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than control over a wide swath of Syria along his country’s border. He says he wants the Bomb.
In the weeks leading up to his order to launch the military across the border to clear Kurdish areas, Mr. Erdogan made no secret of his larger ambition. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads,” he told a meeting of his governing party in September. But the West insists “we can’t have them,” he said. “This, I cannot accept.”
As it turns out, brand spanking new missile systems aren’t the only thing the Turks have been buying from the Russians. As the NY Times also cited;
Russia has agreed to build four nuclear reactors in Turkey, but the effort is seriously behind schedule. The first reactor, originally scheduled to go into operation this year, is now seen as starting up in late 2023.