The last bastion of secularism in Turkey is under vicious attack from Islamists,
and the military does not seem to be vigorous or excited enough for another coup; they're just as besotted by the European dream as the Islamists are, and the Europeans have made it clear that they're completely opposed to the military's role as the Ataturkism enforcer of last resort.
Despite three military coups in the past decades, the Turkish military is the most respected and trusted institution in the country, as the guardian and guarantor of the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - a pro-Western, secular Turkish republic.
But in the view of Turkey's Islamists, a strong and hawkish chief of general staff would pose a threat to their efforts to move Turkey from secularism to Islamism.
Turkish military commander Gen. Mehmet Yasar Buyukanit, an outspoken and tough-on-terrorism anti-Islamist, is expected to become the next chief of general staff in August 2006. Since last year, a campaign has been waged to tarnish Gen. Buyukanit's reputation, in order to block him from this post.
First in this campaign were allegations, spread through various websites, that Gen. Buyukanit was not a "pureblood" Turk, but had Sabbatean Jewish elements in his family tree. It was claimed on these websites that, in accordance with the traditions of Sabbateans, he had wed his daughter to a "certified" Sabbatean. One Islamist website posted a long list of names and citizenship identification numbers of members of Gen. Buyukanit's family tree, to "prove" that he was not a "real" Turk.  The site's homepage heading challenged Gen. Buyukanit: "If you have any courage, prove to us that you are not a Jewish donme [i.e. a crypto-Jew; Sabbatean convert to Islam]!" 
Then, in early March 2006 came an indictment against him in the matter of the November 9, 2005 bombing of a bookshop in the mainly Kurdish town of Semdinli, owned by a former Kurdish member of the PKK. 
The charges against Gen. Buyukanit were prepared by the assistant district attorney for the city of Van, prosecutor Ferhat Sarikaya who in October 2005 had charged and incarcerated Professor Yucel Askin, president of Yuzuncu Yil University (YYU) in Van  who was known for stopping the Islamist activities in the university.
The charges against Gen. Buyukanit created a political storm in Turkey. The military called the charges an assault by a certain sect of Islamists on the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), and hinted that the followers of Turkish Islamist leader Fethullah Gulen  and some AKP members were involved.
Subsequently, on March 23, the Turkish media reported on the removal of Turkish Security Directorate intelligence chief Sabri Uzun for statements inferring that the military was behind the Semdinli events. Then, a Justice Ministry investigation of Prosecutor Sarikaya found that the charges against Gen. Buyukanit did not have "the required basis" for prosecution.
The following are excerpts from the Turkish press' coverage of the crisis:
"First the Rector, Now the General"
Columnist Bekir Coskun of the secular mainstream Turkish daily Hurriyet wrote:  "The rift is deepening between the [AKP] government and all the concepts and institutions that are defending the secular republic. Now the lines are clearer, the attitudes are stronger, [and] the attacks are more frequent. The religionist [i.e. the Islamist] has abandoned his calm, softer attitude. The game is over. […] 'First the rector, now the general…' Accusations directed at Gen. Yasar Buyukanit - who is expected to become chief of general staff in the coming period - is where we have got to, following the [AKP government's] purge of thousands of secular Ataturk followers from government positions. It seems that the armed forces commanders are next in line."
In an op-ed titled "The Goal is to Wear Gen. Buyukanit Down," columnist Mehmet Y. Yilmaz of Hurriyet wrote:  "[…] First they spread lies about the ethnic origins of Gen. Buyukanit's family [alleging Sabbatean/Jewish ancestry]. […] Now on the agenda is the Van prosecutor's charge that 'Buyukanit attempted to influence the judiciary.' They base their accusation on what Gen. Buyukanit said about a soldier allegedly involved in the Semdinli incident: 'I know him, he is a good guy.' The rest of Buyukanit's statement, 'Whether he is guilty or not will be determined by the investigation,' has been omitted for some reason. [...]"
Columnist Meric Koyatasi of the secular, mainstream daily Aksam wrote:  "[…] Even if it was not heard directly from the mouth of the government, it is known that circles close to the [AKP] government are trying to block Gen. Buyukanit. […] The prosecutor is famous for his previous indictment of the rector of the university at Van [YYU Professor] Yucel Askin, who had not permitted shari'a [advocates] to organize on campus. […]
"Everybody already knows that certain circles want to peck at and erode our military. These [circles] have worked and organized, secretly and tirelessly, since the  founding of the Republic [of Turkey] [...] Prejudice [in the judiciary] based on ideologies, beliefs, culture, and form of education is very, very dangerous. […]"
In an article titled "Politics Meddle with the Military," columnist Ali Sirmen of the center-left, secular daily Cumhuriyet wrote:  "[…] It is well known that in the process of re-shaping Turkey according to its own ideology, the AKP government is targeting the military [...] Gen. Kemal Yavuz once clearly said, 'The military has always been the ultimate target of any government that based its existence on religion.' [...]
"Let me underline some strange coincidences. It is well known that the AKP government is not pleased with universities, especially Yuzuncu Yil University at Van and its rector, Yucel Askin. Therefore, Van prosecutor Ferhat Sarikaya appears onstage and prepares the indictment [against Askin], which was rejected by most legal authorities. […] Everybody also knows that some circles close to AKP feel uncomfortable with [future chief of general staff] Gen. Buyukanit […]. [So, again, prosecutor] Sarikaya prepares a terrible indictment against Buyukanit […]"
There's lots more.