Among the stories I neglected because of the focus on the debt ceiling debate is the continuing slide of Turkey, once a secular pro-Western country which also maintained good relations with Israel.
As I have noted since January 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been slowly destroying Turkey’s secular foundation, and has turned Turkey into an agitator against U.S. foreign policy and against Israel. There have been signs recently that Turkey was moving away from its disruptive policy towards the U.S., but Erdogan’s verbal attacks on Israel have barely diminished.
Most recently, the entire Turkish military senior staff resigned in protest over a witch hunt being carried out against secular military officers by Erdogan’s political party. Claire Berlinski notes:
As you’ve all by now heard, Turkey’s Chief of the General Staff and the Commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force resigned. This is unprecedented in the history of the Turkish Republic. In a way, I’m surprised it took them so
long: For years, hundreds of their colleagues have been locked up, without conviction, on incoherent charges of “coup-plotting.” Given that this is apparently going to go on forever, what exactly can you do but resign?
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