The villification of NATO and military ally Turkey continues unabated as it has violated the 28th Amendment: Criticism of Israel is a crime punishable by the Village.
The change in Turkey’s policy burst into public view last week, after the deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish flotilla, which nearly severed relations with Israel, Turkey’s longtime ally. Just a month ago, Turkey infuriated the United States when it announced that along with Brazil, it had struck a deal with Iran to ease a nuclear standoff, and on Tuesday it warmly welcomed Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the Russian prime minister, Vladimir V. Putin, at a regional security summit meeting in Istanbul.
Turkey’s shifting foreign policy is making its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a hero to the Arab world, and is openly challenging the way the United States manages its two most pressing issues in the region, Iran’s nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Turkey is seen increasingly in Washington as “running around the region doing things that are at cross-purposes to what the big powers in the region want,” said Steven A. Cook, a scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations. The question being asked, he said, is “How do we keep the Turks in their lane?”
How do we keep the Turks from pointing out that Israel might be part of the problem in the Middle East, you mean. The Village is rapidly turning Turkey into the next Al Qaeda stronghold with Putin's rearing head in its airspace as an added evil bonus.
Everyone seemed to be perfectly fine with Turkey as a valuable NATO ally, helping us out in Afghanistan with military bases and equipment. Hey, they've been in NATO for almost sixty years, folks. But they tried to run the blockade on Gaza, and now the character assassination of the country in the US press is going full speed.
As the US plans to drop more sanctions against Iran, Turkey's role as a mediator is seen as increasingly a problem for the US plan to come down on Iran too. It's almost like Turkey actually believed what Obama said in Cairo about the US wanting better relationships with Islamic countries in the Middle East.
Naive bastards, eh?