Cyprus vessel reports Turkish warship harassment – in -Cyprus

Map of Cyprus with Paphos

Map of Cyprus with Paphos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this worrying report, the Foreign Ministry in Cyprus has alerted the US authorities of an incident off Paphos during which a Turkish warship approached a Cyprus-flagged ship and ordered the captain to leave the area.

Source: Cyprus vessel reports Turkish warship harassment

Once again, Turkey’s foreign policy is provocative.

There is considerable Russian investment in Cyprus, and it will be interesting to see how Russia reacts, apart from the US.

I worry that Obama is strong enough to hold Turkey to task?

Thoughts?

Pentagon funding bill on Obama’s desk: $600 mln to Syrian rebels, $300 mln to Kiev — RT USA

English: This graph shows the inflation-adjust...

English: This graph shows the inflation-adjusted defense spending of the United States federal government from 1962 to (forecasted) 2014. It is derived from the FY2010 “President’s budget” Historical tables (Table 3.2—OUTLAYS BY FUNCTION AND SUBFUNCTION: 1962–2014), adjusted using CPI inflation data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Russia’s RT news agency, the US government‘s defense funding bill for 2016 includes some lavish support to rebels in Syria and lethal aid to the current Ukrainian government.

Source: Pentagon funding bill on Obama’s desk: $600 mln to Syrian rebels, $300 mln to Kiev — RT USA

Whilst there is obviously bias in the article, it is based on evidence. It leaves the reader with an uneasy feeling about the effectiveness of US defense spending.

Personally, I am surprised that the effectiveness of Obama’s foreign policy and military spending decisions does not receive greater attention.

Thoughts?