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Failed coup strengthens Turkey's president

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By SUZAN FRASER and DOMINIQUE SOGUEL

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Erdogan characterized this coup as a "gift from Allah", and, from his perspective, it would seem to be so. This will enable him to more boldly purge the military and political apparatus of Turkey of any remaining resistance to his turning Turkey into an Islamic dictatorship.

Erdogan was not shy about his views on democracy when he said "democracy is like a train: it gets you to where you want to go and then you get off"

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Anadolu Agency said the government dismissed 2,745 judges across Turkey.

Highly doubtful 2,745 judges were part of this staged coup.

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It sounds like a false flag operation that would allow Erdogan to whip up his followers and consolidate power before he changes the constitution to make himself an absolute ruler.

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Yup this entire thing reeks of false flag.

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Yep, false flag. That's what the mainstream is starting to push.

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At least it is clear that Erdogan has little interest in defeating ISIS, at least at this point, and far more interest in destroying the Kurds. He is most likely going after them next, who were our proxy ground forces in the region. Fog of war complicated by the fog of politics.

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It sounds like a false flag operation that would allow Erdogan to whip up his followers and consolidate power before he changes the constitution to make himself an absolute ruler.

-I thought you were talking about Abe.

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Too bad! Anyway, this coup was really NOT a well, thought out or well planned operation with so many people detained, it's a total embarrassment.

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What are the chances Erdogan knew all about this from the start?

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Funny, yesterday you were totally dismissive of the idea, now that the "mainstream" is onboard you are as well.

Nah, I was just teasing you. I figured you might have a moment of crisis if you thought your views were aligned with the mainstream media.

It looks like you guys are going after the "who benefits?" conspiracy angle. That would have to be the case since the situation ended just hours ago and obviously you don't have any actual evidence of anything yet.

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Wow. Imagine if the US military had turned on Obama administration. He is a divider after all.

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The strangest thing is that a substantial number of the 'soldiers' involved were conscripts!

Now am no military expert but even the most incompetent anti Erdogan General would know that you need more than a few thousands half hearted soldiers and conscripts to topple 'The Man'.

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once again USA doesn't care about democracy as long as it gets what it wants first

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once again USA doesn't care about democracy as long as it gets what it wants first

They should support dictators like Gaddafi, Assad, Hussein, the Ayatollah, the Sauds, and Erdogan

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This coup was organised and planed in Europe with the help of their intelligence agencies, these American and European do not want to see a Muslim country to be prosperous and democratic, They want another Iraq another Syria. The US and Europe have placed Dictators and Tyrants in many Arab countries.

Those coup terrorist and their allies should be arrested and should be punished accordingly,

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I guess the tinfoil hat crowd only initially cheered on the coup until it was obvious it was going to fail...weird.

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They probably thought the rest of the military would go along with them and the people would be out in the street tearing up pictures of Erdogan and giving roses to the soldiers of the coup.

I don't think the mid-ranking military is as naive as you seem to be. Everybody knows that Erdogan has like 80% popular approval in Turkey and that most of the military leadership supports him.

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Burning Bush: Here's what I think happened; The Turkish High Command was well aware that they had dissension in their ranks and they needed a way to purge disloyal officers and government officials. They ordered the coup from the top, especially to known disloyal officers. They then left those guys out in the cold as the public turned against the coup.

Sounds just as good as any plan I could make up hours after the incident ended.

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Well people can be allowed tho think what they want, but for heavens sake, don't expect too much credibility when all you've done is read a few stories on the Internet about a situation that has little to no verified information at this point. And asking questions isn't evidence. They never seem to get that.

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