Even if they don’t take it, offer the Turk’s seat to Israel…
Turkey Is No Ally Of NATO
It’s like the spinach in your colleague’s teeth: You don’t want to admit to yourself it’s visible, because then you’d be compelled to address the issue. But it has to be done. So, America, here it is: Turkey is not an ally.
A couple of years back, the Obama administration was effusive. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would strengthen Turkey’s democratic system, open the mythical “bridge to Asia” and place the formidable Turkish military cheek to jowl with NATO. Erdogan’s Turkey, it was claimed, would be a beacon of governance for more autocratic Islamic nations. Turkey, would span the divide between Christian and Islamic cultures.
Well…it looked good on paper.
Obama’s frantic quest for Turkish approval and sanguinity was as predictable as Mel Gibson’s Lethal Weapon 4. The starkest difference? Rather than two lovably roguish Los Angeles cops taking on evil drug lords, we find a Turkish fundamentalist autocrat and his wisecracking Russian sidekick taunting and mocking the United States and NATO. The plot is kind of tired.