was not behind the coup in Turkey and supports democracy in the country
are “disturbing on multiple grounds,” says an American professor
emeritus from the University of Minnesota.
Fetzer was commenting Saturday on remarks by President Barack Obama at a
joint press conference at the White House with Mexican President
Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday.
“Any reports that we had any
previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any US involvement
in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish
democracy, are completely false,” Obama said.
In a phone interview
with Press TV, Fetzer rejected the idea that there is real democracy in
Turkey and that it is represented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is
“This is not a democratic government,” he said,
outlining the measures the president has taken to crack down on those
behind the attempted coup on July 15.
“The very idea that Erdogan
would be regarded as representing democratic forces is bizarre,” Fetzer
said. “In fact, it’s very clear that he has visions of recreating the
Tens of thousands of soldiers, security officers,
judges, prosecutors, civil servants and academics have been detained or
suspended from their jobs following the failed coup.
On the other
hand, the political commentator noted, the United States has a “vast
intelligence agency and that it should not have known the coup was
coming is very disturbing in and of itself,” adding that Russian
authorities had reportedly tipped off Ankara of an imminent attempt.
President Barack Obama (R) meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena
Nieto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 22,
2016.Obama said Friday that the US prior
knowledge is just a “rumor” that could threaten “what is a critical
alliance and partnership” with Turkey.
With such a statement,
Fetzer said, the US has “once again embarrassed itself,” as Obama’s
remarks suggest that “the president himself is a turkey.”
has accused US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has many followers in
Turkey and abroad, of masterminding last Friday’s failed coup, in which
at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,100 others sustained
injuries. Gulen denies the charge and has condemned the coup.
Washington says it is ready to extradite Gulen if Ankara can offer any evidence proving his involvement.