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    World Focus: US Impunity under threat: Turkey may disintegrate NATO
    Thursday, August 18 @ 07:51:45 UTC
    TurkeyBy Paul Craig Roberts
    August 18, 2016 - paulcraigroberts.org

    If Turkey leaves NATO, that would be a big change. Turkey has been in the pockets of Washington for a long time. If Washington was behind the coup, this probably has damaged the relationship permanently. Erdogan has very strong motives to realign with Russia despite the problems he had caused. The Russian government has a very strong interest to overlook Turkey’s past behavior and to befriend it, because it weakens NATO on Russia’s borders. There is a possibility, but I don’t know how quickly it happens and what Washington will try to do to retrieve the relationship. It will be some sort of a competition to establish relations with Turkey.

    I think Washington will try to fix the problems with Turkey. It has an endless supply of money, because the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. So they can offer to Turkish leader billions of dollars.

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    Arab Spring: How Turkey's regional ambitions crumbled
    Thursday, April 04 @ 10:26:36 UTC
    TurkeyBy Ramzy Baroud
    April 04, 2013

    "Confused" may be an appropriate term to describe Turkey's current foreign policy in the Middle East and in Israel in particular. The source of that confusion - aside from the appalling violence in Syria and earlier in Libya - is Turkey's own mistakes.

    The Turkish government's inconsistency regarding Israel highlights earlier discrepancies in other political contexts. There was a time when Turkey's top foreign policy priority included reaching out diplomatically to Arab and Muslim countries. Then, we spoke of a paradigm shift, where Istanbul was repositioning its political center, reflecting perhaps economic necessity, but also cultural shifts within its own society. It seemed that the East versus West debate was skillfully being resolved by politicians of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, appeared to have obtained a magical non-confrontational approach to Turkey's historic political alignment. The "zero problems" policy allowed Turkey to brand itself as a bridge between two worlds. The country's economic growth and strategic import to various geopolitical spheres allowed it to escape whatever price meted out by Washington and its European allies as a reprimand for its bold political moves - including Erdogan's unprecedented challenge of Israel.

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    War and Terror: Turkey and The US War On Iraq
    Friday, April 04 @ 06:36:43 UTC
    TurkeyAn Interview with Noam Chomsky
    April 03, 2003, ZMag

    1. Turkey is being bitterly criticized in the US for failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq. There are indeed some who say US and British soldiers are dying in higher numbers because of Turkey. How would you respond to such claims and how would you evaluate Turkey's stand so far. Was it an accidental no in the parliament or did it reflect a coming of age of Turkish democracy.

    The criticism of Turkey in the US is indeed bitter, and extremely revealing. The Turkish government took the position of over 90 percent of the population. That reveals that the government lacks "democratic credentials," according to former Ambassador Morris Abramowitz, now a distinguished elder statesman. The government is "following the people," he wrote, instead of following orders from Washington and Crawford Texas. That is plainly unacceptable. The view he articulates is standard.

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    War and Terror: Turkey's motivations for supporting a U.S.-led war in Iraq
    Monday, February 24 @ 19:17:07 UTC
    Turkeyby Erich Marquardt, yellowtimes.org

    Despite the fact that nearly 90 percent of its population is opposed to war in Iraq, the Turkish government has offered support to Washington's attempt to remove Saddam Hussein from power. There are several reasons for Ankara's decision.

    Turkey has reluctantly come to accept that a U.S. attack on Iraq is likely. By not cooperating with the demands of the United States in the event of such a war, Turkey's long-term political and economic interests could be greatly damaged. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the majority Justice and Development Party (AK), explained Turkey's position: "If one is left out of the equation at the start of the operation, it may not be possible to be in a position to control developments at the end of the operation. Turkey's long-term interests and even security could be in jeopardy."

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