Below is the confidential memo leaked by Wikileaks in its entirety. In it, the analysis articulates that Turkey foreign policy has "Rolls Royce ambiitions but Rover resources."
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"As a colleague of mine, a seasoned Turkey-watcher, put it, “I gotta say, I have a newfound respect for the American diplomatic corps”. He had just read Ambassador James Jeffrey’s despatch from Ankara dated 20 January 2010, made public courtesy of the hell raiser de jour, Wikileaks. It won’t be too immodest to say that at times the ambassadorial memo reads like our latest ECFR report or indeed a post on this very blog. A memorable quote: “With Rolls Royce ambitions but Rover resources, to cut themselves in on the action the Turks have to "cheat" by finding an underdog (this also plays to Erdogan's own worldview), a Siladjcic (sic), Mish'al, or Ahmadinejad, who will be happy to have the Turks take up his cause.” " D. BECHEV
Washington’s man is also cognisant that the special relationship with the EU is key to Ankara’s appeal to newly-found Middle Eastern partners. The ambassador thought that an issue-by-issue approach to “frenemy ” Turkey is what the US needs. The bargain over missile defence struck at NATO’s recent summit in Lisbon suggests that continued cooperation, though difficult, is possible."
30th November 2010 | Author: Dimitar Bechev