Friday, November 27, 2015

Was the shootdown of the Russian SU-24 the result of a cowboy pilot and not pre-planned?

via The Wall Street Journal.
The Kremlin on Friday confirmed Russian President Vladimir Putin had received Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request to meet on Nov. 30 in Paris, but declined to say whether the Russian leader would agree.
Mr. Erdogan’s invitation comes days after a Turkish jet fighter shot down a Russian bomber along the Syrian border, killing one of the two aviators on board, and marking the first time a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member downed a Russian warplane since 1952.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mr. Erdogan’s request had been submitted to Mr. Putin. “That’s all I can say,” Mr. Peskov told Russian journalists Friday, according to the Interfax news agency.
Both leaders are due to travel to Paris to participate in a United Nations climate change summit.
Bear with me for a minute.  Consider what we heard shortly after news of the Turks shooting down the Russian SU-24...via YourNewsWire (but reported everywhere)...
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu revealed on Wednesday that he personally gave the orders to shoot down the Russian Su-24 jet on Tuesday.

“Despite all the warnings, we had had to destroy the aircraft” Davuto─člu told his AK party. “The Turkish Armed Forces carried out orders given by me personally”.
Now we hear that Erdogan's asking to meet with Putin?  Something is off here. What if.  What if this shoot down was not ordered?  What if we simply have a case of a cowboy pilot that went off script and Turkish leadership was/is attempting to respond in a way to save face...provide justification for the move...AND to preserve their relationship with Russia? 

It sound far fetched I know but can you provide a better explanation for Turkish actions up to this point? There is no way that this was a pre-planned event or the Turks are even worse military planners than I ever dreamed possible.  Think about their moves right after the shootdown.

*Right after it happens they call for a NATO emergency meeting?

*They they appeared shocked at Russian economic sanctions?

*Erdogan appears on CNN failing to provide a credible answer for the reasoning behind the shootdown.

They're lurching about searching for a proper response and failing miserably.  This morning I read that Turkish warplanes would no longer fly in Syria...meaning that the excuse given, to protect Turkmen, is another lie (or they're willing to abandon them).

As crazy as it sounds I'm really beginning to think that my cowboy pilot theory is right.

UPDATE:  Consider the course of events.  You all have the tick tock that the Turks have given us.  Now consider that the Turkish PM is saying that he ordered the shootdown.  Obviously a lie.  No way he could have had enough time (even monitoring the radar) to make such a monumental decision.  Additionally Turkish aircraft had been straying into Syrian air space during this event without being fired on.  I still think you had a pilot that was maneuvering hard, got his fangs out, nailed them to the floorboard (meaning he wasn't about to pull them back in) and pulled the trigger.

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