POLITICS > We know the details on the jet but we won't tell, says US official


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President Barack Obama (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) leave after the family picture of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2012. AFP Photo

President Barack Obama (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) leave after the family picture of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2012. AFP Photo

U.S. officials know the details about a Turkish jet downed by Syria last month but have no intention of informing the press about them, according to U.S. State Department officials.
"Those in the American government who need to know [details] know them," the prominent official told daily Hürriyet during an interview. "But we will make no statements about the topics in question."
Declining to explain why a Pentagon official leaked rumors to the Wall Street Journal claiming that the jet was over Syrian waters when it was shot down, the unnamed official said the details mattered very little to the American government.
"Whether the jet was shot over Syrian territory or over international waters, or what it was shot with, what difference does it make? What matters to us is that it was downed,” the official said.
"Turkey thought the louder its statements were, the more believable they would be," the official said. "I guess that was why the prime minister made those statements. It's like an American shouting to someone who doesn't speak English. We, however, will not say anything on the matter."
Turkey and U.S. are "90 percent" on the same page on the crisis in Syria, the official said, citing Turkey's "more interventionist" attitude as a possible difference between the countries' views.
Several other NATO countries also have reservations about intervening, the official said without naming any specific members.
Why Obama never called
Some in Turkey have been debating the reason why U.S. President Barack Obama did not call Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan immediately following the downing of the jet even though the two leaders exchanged 13 phone calls in the last year.

Providing a possible reason for the lack of contact, the official said: “There are elections in the U.S. this year. And when foreign affairs are discussed during American elections, the only thing that matters is Israel's security. That should be taken into consideration in the progress of relations."
Differences in Syria may have also affected the situation.
"We clearly don't want to intervene in Syria," the official said. "But we cannot say that is a direct reason [for Obama not to call].” 


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turkic voice

7/12/2012 11:16:59 AM

im starting to get the feeling that USA or Isreal or Russer had a hand in the downing of the jet and not Syria it seams Syria is taking blam to show a faulse strength in defence

ealsho@eartlink.net tango73

7/11/2012 11:14:22 PM

Turkey should re-assess priorities in picking up their friends. How nice would be to have Israel 100% on your side.

mara mcglothin

7/11/2012 3:44:10 PM

RIMON TREE It goes both ways. When the "not telling" was coming from the AKP during their re-election year it was ok? Obama is just in the "trying to please everyone" phase of his campaign. Eventually he will get nailed for his true beliefs and it will cost him to be so ashamed of his country and his running around apologizing to everyone for the prosperity in the US.

Yunan Yunan

7/11/2012 2:36:01 PM

The less said the better.....if it doesnt fit your plans that is.... what does an incursion into an other country's air space have anything to do with it?...seriously....you just cant make it up.....its actually happening in front of our eyes.

Rimon Tree

7/11/2012 2:14:43 PM

@ mevlut Sorry to have to tell you: Not Turkey nor any other Muslim country, but Israel is still the only really reliable ally of US in the ME and therefore not even Obama will let that ally down!


7/11/2012 2:05:52 PM

Bipolar US officials, one says one thing the other says another, i see a lot of similarities between the US and Syrian officials, they are both not to be trusted, if you won't say the truth, why do you open your mouth and add more to the confusion. Just shut your mouth than.

Morse Fan

7/11/2012 2:02:16 PM

Anyone with an American passport could have confirmed that Israel is the number one priority, and that will not change. But that does not mean Israel is, should or has to be the only priority. A better president would make his priorities clearer, explain their wisdom, and then consolidate the inevitable buy in from voters. The irony is that perhaps the only country President Obama treats worse than Turkey is Israel! It is bizarre; no one understands what is going on.

mevlut erdem

7/11/2012 1:29:25 PM

It also confirms that Israel is the nr 1 priority of the US.

Morse Fan

7/11/2012 1:26:47 PM

Dittos Rimon Tree. I do not know if someone is lying, but at minimum you all are being dissed so much that no matter how this comes down, it's not possible to feel good about it.

Arthur Borges

7/11/2012 12:49:30 PM

Well, I guess that pretty much confirms the RF-4E in Syrian waters.
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