Friday, July 22, 2016

The Turkish Coup foiled by MIT?

A fascinating account of why the Turkish coup failed. The article argues that it was because of the plotter's incompetence, but rather because Turkish intelligence found out about the plot, which forced the plotters to accelerate their timetable, making them look incompetent when they were unable to communicate the accelerated timetable to everyone involved.

Is it true? Who knows! I'm just throwing this out there because it is different from the two currently dominant narratives that (a) the plotters were just a bunch of yahoos or (b) that Erdogan was behind the whole thing and it failed by design.

UPDATE: The New York Times reports what is essentially the same account.  I wonder if this will become the dominant narrative of the coup.