Washington must signal that the bully tactics winning votes within Turkey fail in the rest of the world. TheWall Street Journal has helpfully proposed moving a U.S. military base in Turkey to Iraqi Kurdistan. Erdoğan's increasingly dictatorial rule must be repudiated as should Ankara's continued occupation of Cyprus, its support for terrorists, and its antisemitic effusions. Beyond these steps, the time has come for the U.S. government to make clear that unless major changes occur quickly, it will push for Turkey's suspension and eventual expulsion from NATO.
If Erdoğan insists on acting the rogue, then that's how its former ally should treat him.
How Turkey Went Bad
The Weekly Standard
October 13, 2014
Obama and Erdoğan, not quite best buddies anymore.
Among other attributes, Atatürk was a Western-style dandy.
The AKP's Rise
Turks note that Erdoğan and Hugo Chávez (both born in 1954) share important traits.
Hot money has paid for infrastructure in Turkey, including the third Bosporus bridge.
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