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Buchanan: Turkey Shooting Down Russian Jet ‘Stupid and Dangerous,’ U.S. Cannot Be Drawn Into Shooting Confrontation with Russia’


On this weekend’s broadcast of the syndicated “McLaughlin Group” program, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan decried Turkey’s action of shooting down a Russian fighter jet over its airspace and warned against the United States being drawn into an armed conflict with Russia if Turkey were to exercise Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

“This is a little more serious than a lot of words here,” Buchanan said. “What the Turks did was stupid and dangerous — shooting down a Russian plane … It wasn’t anything accidental. The plane was over this little slice of Turkey for 17 seconds or something. It was deliberate. It was an ambush of that plane. Let me say this, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan he is an unstable guy in my judgment and we cannot allow Erdoğan, who is a member of NATO, to drag this country into a shooting confrontation with Russia.”

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