Have you heard this famous quote ‘Marketing is everything … and everything is marketing’? I know it was originally meant for product sales, because admit it, you can have the best product engineering, financial backing and operational mastery … but in the end the success of your product is determined by how your customers perceive your product-your brand. This principle of marketing applies equally as well to our domestic politics and politicians, and it is equally valid for world politics and leaders. The principle governs one of the main operations of the U.S. Empire: Regime Building & Puppet Installation. Not only that, it is also used in reverse as well. Think of it as reverse engineering. It is very similar: The Empire uses the same principle of marketing to bring down regimes and uninstall puppets. The reversal of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s world and domestic image provides a perfect example of the Empire’s reverse marketing.
In the United States, for over a decade, Turkey’s AKP Party and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been branded, marketed, and promoted as truly democratic and fair, and the best model of a democratic government for the Islamic world. Please allow me to provide examples of this branding and marketing performed by the US media for the masters and planners of the Empire:
Let us begin with one of the top marketing arms of the Empire’s branding and marketing operations- CNN
…Turkey, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), as a model of a modern, democratic and Islamic nation nurturing pluralist ideals.
Rather than viewing Turkey's increasing currency in the region as a challenge, America should see it as an opportunity. From its free-market economic system, which is registering Chinese-level growth, to its compatible ideals, the promotion of the Turkish model is in America's national interest. Turkey effectively counters militant groups by challenging them from within Muslim society while also representing a crucial bridge between the West and the Muslim world.
America can immediately take practical steps to promote the Turkish model by encouraging the Egyptian army to move the nation toward a genuine, civilian-elected government.
Now, let’s move to another significant marketing branch-this one disguised as independent and nonprofit: NPR
Then there are the middle-of-the-road marketing arms:
Turkey’s rising trajectory was highlighted by the rock-star reception accorded to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his recent tour of the Arab Spring states of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and his high-profile meetings during the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Many find the Turkish model enticing, with the moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, in office; a secular constitution in place; a strong military that is subservient to the elected civilian authority; and an economy that has been expanding.
Overall there’s hope that a new democratic era in the Middle East and North Africa will enable Arabs to develop a new paradigm for relations with the West. This paradigm would be based on equality and partnership – a position that Turkey has already achieved.
We must not leave out one of the major international marketing branches of the Empire: BBC: Turkey: a model of democracy for the Arab world
And, let us not forget or leave out the important role played by the symbolic head(s) of the Empire in its branding and marketing operations. Here is President Obama selling the world on the Empire’s own installed leader:
I just want to say how much I appreciate the opportunity to once again meet with my friend and colleague, Prime Minister Erdogan. I think it's fair to say that over the last several years, the relationship between Turkey and the United States has continued to grow across every dimension. And I find Prime Minister Erdogan to be an outstanding partner and an outstanding friend on a wide range of issues.
Of course, once that happens, when the symbolic Imperial President markets and sells an imperial product, the world echoes it: Obama Names Turkey’s Erdoğan among Top Five International Friends
That’s right. The U.S. Empire spent over a decade marketing and promoting its favorite puppet in the Middle East- the AKP Party & Erdogan, as the model for the Islamic World, Islamic Democracy, People’s Choice, Great Leader … And then, bam, suddenly the AKP Party and its leader reached their shelf-life. All of a sudden they reached their expiration date. Almost over-night the party and its leader went from democratic to despotic, from democracy-loving to dictator, from squeaky clean to utterly corrupt, from moderate to extremist … what the hell happened? How did the Empire-directed man of choice make a 180 degree turn overnight?
Let me give you some examples of the sudden reversal in branding and marketing, and have you compare and contrast them with those above. Please keep in mind, you are looking at a only few months between the decade-long branding-marketing and the now reverse branding-marketing.
The following is from the same uber branch of the Empire that spent over ten years promoting the opposite: CNN
Erdogan "is offering unfortunate proof that it is possible to be both elected and authoritarian."
Many journalists say press freedoms in Turkey have declined under his rule. Reporters Without Borders says Turkey "is currently the world's biggest prison for journalists, especially those who express views critical of the authorities on the Kurdish issue."
Many secular Turks complain that the Islamist-rooted government is intolerant of criticism and diverse lifestyles, as evidenced by the recent enactment of tight restrictions on the sale of alcohol, Fadi Hakura, manager of the Turkey Project at the London-based think tank Chatham House, said in a CNN.com column.
Let me just go ahead and list a few other headlines from thousands that have been filling the headlines on Turkey’s AKP & Erdogan for the last few months:
I know that even the idiots among us would not believe such a sudden and drastic change in a person. No one goes from being the most freedom loving leader to the most authoritarian despot. No human being can be transformed from democratic to dictator in a matter of few months. No person can switch from fair and squeaky clean to utterly dirty and corrupt. Nobody can convert from being a moderate Islamist to an extremist bigot in less than a year. But wait, there is even more.
The Empire has even resorted to the “Terrorist” label in the reverse branding-marketing of their previous puppet boy. You know what it means when they start using that card-terrorist. Right?
Here is an article on Erdogan’s ties to a famous man designated as a terrorist (only when it is convenient for the Empire):
Turkey’s political crisis took a dark turn this week. Photos of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s son meeting a suspected al-Qaeda financier in an Istanbul hotel were leaked to the press. The photos allegedly show Bilal Erdoğan meeting Saudi Arabian businessman Yasin al-Qadi, whom the US blacklisted in April 2013 as an al-Qaeda funder. According to media reports, Qadi, who visits Turkey frequently and was escorted by the Prime Minister’s security men, met Bilal to discuss a deal for a juicy piece of real estate worth $1 billion in Istanbul’s Etiler neighborhood.
Of course, Al Qadi’s refuge in Turkey and his activities there, and his ties to Erdogan and other high-level figures in Turkey, had been known for over ten years.
Qadi’s relationship with Turkey and the Erdoğan family goes back a few years. In 2004 the Wall Street Journal uncovered transactions worth more than $1 million between Qadi and Maram, a Turkish front company that funded terrorists in Yemen. Associates of Qadi’s, including managers at Maram, are known funders and founders of al-Qaeda. Qadi has frequently and vehemently denied the accusations and spent a lot of money trying to clear his name. But at the very least, his dealings in Turkey are suspicious. According to opposition lawmakers, his presence in the country is illegal.
No matter. It doesn’t matter whether this news is as old as a decade-old moldy loaf of bread. It doesn’t matter that the US government had zero problems with not only al Qadi but several other high-level terrorists operating out of Turkey for over a decade. It doesn’t matter at all. The branding-marketing branch of the Empire will continue to use the terrorist card [All Emphasis Mine]:
According to findings by investigators leaked to Turkish media, Yasin Al Qadi is suspected of involvement in a scandal over the sale of land in an upmarket neighborhood in Istanbul. His alleged meeting last year with Bilal Erdogan could implicate the prime minister’s family in the affair.
The allegations could not come at a worse time for Mr. Erdogan, whose government is reeling from a series of corruption allegations.
In 2008, Forbes Magazine, published a fairly lengthy article on Yasin Al Qadi and his Turkish ties [All Emphasis Mine]:
Not everyone agrees with this picture of Al Qadi. “I know Mr. Qadi,” Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a local television news station in July 2006. “I believe in him as I believe in myself. For Mr. Qadi to associate with a terrorist organization, or support one, is impossible.”
Back to Turkey: Al Qadi is not just a friend of Prime Minister Erdogan, but he’s close to a group of Islamic businessmen and politicians around the prime minister. It has already been widely reported in the press, mostly notably in a Wall Street Journal article in August 2007, that Al Qadi was a major and early investor in BIM, a food retailer originally founded in the mid-1990s by entrepreneurial brothers Aziz and Cuneyd Zapsu. According to Al Qadi’s lawyer, the Saudi exited BIM in 1999, despite reports to the contrary, and well before his controversial U.N. listing.
Kacar’s 2004 Al Qadi report, delivered under what the investigator said was intense pressure to complete his probe, cited evidence that Al Qadi’s companies in Turkey were transferring funds between 1997 and 2001 far in excess of both companies’ net incomes, and were still operating at the time of the report. Wired funds he traced from various companies and individuals went to, among others, a “charity” and other individuals branded terrorists or terrorist fronts by international investigators; there was reason to continue his investigations, Kacar wrote.
I strongly urge you to read the entire investigative article here. Before the terrorist attacks in September 2001, the FBI was fully aware of Al Qadi’s operations with key al Qaeda figures. Not only that, there were several investigations and operations targeting al Qadi and his network in the United States prior to 9/11. Some of these investigations were based in the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and others were being conducted from the FBI’s Chicago Field Office.
The State Department and the CIA pressured the Bureau prior and post 9/11 to close and cover-up those investigations pertaining to Turkey and Al Qadi, because exposing those operations would have resulted in exposure of covert CIA-NATO operations in Central Asia and the Caucasus during the period between 1996 and 2002. A few months ago, before these re-leaks found their way into the media as new news, I briefly discussed al Qadi during one of my Gladio interview series with James Corbett. Here is a segment from that interview:
Here is the link to our interview series on Gladio Operation B with James Corbett: Here
The terrorist card is being played by the Empire’s marketing arm, and it will continue to be played. The favorite puppet, who was previously characterized and promoted by the Empire as a favorite leader, moderate and democratic, is now being reintroduced to the public, here and abroad, as despotic, a dictator, corrupt, and even a terrorist. Now comes the real question: why?
CIA Operations via Imam Fethullah Gulen
The downfall of Turkey’s Erdogan began with a rift between him and the CIA-Created Muslim Preacher Imam Fethullah Gulen. One of our authors has been covering the rift for Boiling Frogs Post. You can read his latest analysis here and here. However, one cannot truly understand Erdogan’s downfall without knowing the importance and power of CIA’s Fethullah Gulen. Since 2009 I have been a lone voice in reporting, analyzing and exposing the Imam and his multi-billion dollar Islamic network and operations around the globe, fully orchestrated and backed by the Central Intelligence Agency-CIA. Allow me to provide you with a few highlights from my reports since 2009.
Here is a recent article that delves into Erdogan countering CIA’s Mullah Gulen’s operations and network in Turkey:
Turkish police raided offices of a government-backed Islamic charity in six provinces on Tuesday and detained at least 23 people accused of having links with Al Qaeda, local media reported. The coordinated operation against the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or IHH, prompted the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to sack the senior police official responsible for conducting the raid at the charity's Kilis headquarters, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
For Erdogan the rift with Imam Fethullah Gulen means a rift with the CIA. And we all know what happens to those puppets when they end up in a rift with the CIA. Don’t we? The rift always brings expiration. Once a puppet is considered expired, then lo and behold, all of a sudden, the reversal branding and marketing begins: All old skeletons are dug out of the deep closets and leaked to the media. His previously overlooked human rights violations are looked at and scrutinized under a microscope. The terrorist card is brought into the equation. And the list goes on …
Violating Imperial Commandments
All Empire-installed puppets and regimes must commit to the Empire’s commandments. This is a fact. It is the reality. Thou shall not violate the Imperial commandments. Because if you do, thou shall be disgraced, exposed, uninstalled, and may even be given death. All you have to do is look at the past century’s history. See what happens when an installed puppet gets too confident and inflicted with hubris, and ignores one or more commandments. This is when they are reborn as dictators, despots, torturers, and yes, terrorists. This is when their backyards get dug up to find a few grams of weapons of mass destruction. So did Erdogan get too confident? Did he violate a commandment or two? It seems that he did.
Turkey has said that it is likely to buy a new missile defense program from a Chinese firm, unnerving NATO and American diplomats. A Reuters report from earlier this month said that Turkey is “highly likely” to buy the $3.4 billion program, from a firm under American sanctions, no less.
Washington has reacted with concern over the decision of Turkey's Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK), the absolute authority on the country's defense projects and procurement, to acquire China’s FD-2000 system to fill the NATO member's high-altitude and long-range air defense gap. The committee met on Sept. 26 with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to enter into contract negotiations with the state-owned China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation.
Concern? Are you kidding me?! The puppet may as well sign his own death warrant. How dare he! This is violating one of the top Imperial commandments. Anyone who ever dares to be this reckless will be punished and made an example for all other installed-puppets.
Dear lord! Here comes another major commandment violation:
During a trip to Russia in November, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again said that Ankara would abandon its quest to join the European Union if it was offered full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan dropped that bomb on Jan. 25. With Turkish hopes for the EU membership diminishing, he declared the SCO to be a viable alternative to the European Union. “I said to Russian President Vladimir Putin, ‘You tease us, saying, ‘what [is Turkey] doing in the EU?’ Now I tease you: Include us in the Shanghai Five and we will forget about the EU.’”
Ouch! There goes another pledge to the Empire’s top commandments. Frankly, I am surprised he is still there-alive.
No matter how we look at it Erdogan’s days are numbered. One will not get away with having a major rift with the CIA. That’s one commandment. Violated. Thou shall not buy weapons from China or Russia regardless of quality or price advantage. Thou shall only feed the Empire’s own fat Military Industrial Complex players. That’s another major commandment. Violated. A puppet shall only be a member of clubs solely owned and operated by the Empire. Joining others’ clubs, even thinking of joining others’ clubs, shall come with severe retribution. This rule has been written with inerasable ink- Violated. Well, these should take care of the Empire’s three-strike rule. Erdogan should begin looking for a shelter; a refuge. Either it’s that, or the Turkish people taking the matters into their own hands-where they belong.
Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.