This year he wrote that if a “non-NATO country behaved like Turkey, it would warrant designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” like Iran and North Korea.
In 2014, Vice President Joe Biden told his Harvard University audience that Turkey and others had been giving “hundreds of millions of dollars [and] tons of weapons” to al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, and ISIS.
The United Nations, the European Union Parliament, and others have documented Turkey and Azerbaijan’s deployment of terrorists and terrorist mercenaries against the Armenian region of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh last year. In a July 21 Committee hearing, Chairman Menendez asked Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland about “Turkey facilitating the transfer of fighters from Syria to Azerbaijan” in 2020. Nuland sneered that she would discuss it only “in another setting.”
Whether a subsequent meeting between Menendez and Nuland happened “in another setting” remains unclear and has not been made public.
AAHR concludes that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman Menendez, and ranking member Senator James E. Risch (R-ID) are consciously engaged in a cover-up of Turkey’s (and probably other countries’) terrorist activities.
AAHR believes that Mr. Flake must be brought back before the Committee. He should be questioned in detail and at length about Turkey’s ongoing support of terrorist organizations.
If Mr. Flake is not totally forthcoming and transparent, the Committee must reject his nomination.
The American people, especially our courageous men and women in uniform, deserve nothing less.