Michael Rubin: U.S. should abandon Incirlik Air Base in Turkey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner, Michael Rubin stated that, after withdrawing from Afghanistan, the White House is eyeing the U.S. military presence in Syria and Somalia “much to the delight of al Qaeda and al Shabab.”

Ironically, says Rubin, the Biden Administration is determined to stick to the one base that the U.S. should have abandoned a decade ago — Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

During the Cold War, Incirlik Base contained nearly 50 nuclear weapons and played an important role in strategically countering the Soviet Union. However, in the post-Soviet world, instead of being a strategic asset, Incirlik is now a strategic liability.

Rubin explained that the real problem is not only Turkey’s enmity towards the west but also Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who might one day use the U.S. presence in Incirlik as a hostage, every U.S. soldier and family in Incirlik are hostages.

“The threat is real,” he proclaimed. “Let’s end the U.S. military presence in Turkey.”