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From: barry levine
Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject: re: Turkey Says No Deal Yet on U.S. Use of Bases in ISIS Fight
To the Editor:
No explanation has ever been offered to the American public for the number of military bases we keep in foreign nations at vast expense. One tally puts them at 153. But surely for that outlay, we expect to have a free hand in pursuing our national security. If--as secretary of State Kerry has made clear--we want to strike at ISIS, should we have to buy into Erdogan's fight with al-Assad? Whatever value our bases at Incirlik and Batman have had in the past, they need to be reweighed. In 2014, we would be better served by an airbase in free Kurdistan than by two encumbered airbases in Erdogan's Turkey.
Barry Haskell Levine