Turkey, former American ambassador Jeffrey wrote, has “Rolls Royce ambitions, but Rover resources.” If that was not bad enough Turkish media reports that their self righteous PM Erdogan and his FM Davutoglu has been caught lying big time
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have both long dismissed reports that the United States had begun trying to convince Turkey to allow a radar system to be based within its territory prior to the NATO summit held in Lisbon on Nov. 19 and 20.“There has been no request made of Turkey. No request. As no request has been made of us, making a statement on the subject is useless. We won’t face any sort of a fait accompli at the NATO summit,” Erdogan told reporters Oct. 16.
Similarly, Davutoglu said, “Discussions on the matter were on principles rather than technicalities.”
The recently leaked cables seem, however, to completely contradict the top Turkish officials’ statements. “We have made the point to the Turks that a decision to not base the AN/TPY-2 radar in Turkey is essentially a decision to opt out of missile-defense coverage for Turkey; this would not be a political consequence, but just a fact based on physics and geometry,” Jeffrey said in an earlier cable to Washington that outlined the issues to be discussed during Gates’ visit to Ankara on Feb. 6.
The ambassador advised Gates to raise the issue again with Erdogan in a gentle manner while emphasizing the value the United States places on Turkey’s participation in the project. Jeffrey’s use of the word “again” indicates this meeting would not be the first time Erdogan heard about the radar request from Washington.
But why have they lied? Because Erdogan shares Ahmadinejad’s religious hatred of the Jewish state:
The cable sent last year was one of the U.S. State Department documents released late Sunday by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. In it, Israel’s ambassador to Ankara Gabby Levy blames Erdogan for the hostilities, an assessment with which the United States expresses agreement.“Levy dismissed political calculation as a motivator for Erdogan’s hostility, arguing the prime minister’s party had not gained a single point in the polls from his bashing of Israel,” former U.S. Ambassador to Ankara James Jeffrey said in the cable dated Oct. 27, 2009, about his talks with the Israeli ambassador. “Instead, Levy attributed Erdogan’s harshness to deep-seated emotion.”
The U.S. diplomat quoted Levy as saying of the Turkish prime minister: “He’s a fundamentalist. He hates us religiously.”
In his own comments, Jeffrey, who left Ankara in July to become ambassador to Baghdad, then said in the cable: “Our discussions with contacts both inside and outside of the Turkish government on Turkey’s deteriorating relations with Israel tend to confirm Levy’s thesis that Erdogan simply hates Israel.”
To his frustration, Erdogan cannot secure Turkey from a nuclear Iran without enhancing Israeli security at least without NATO cooperation:
In a meeting in the U.S. capital with President Barack Obama, Erdogan insisted the project should be a NATO initiative because he did not want to bear its political cost, both in terms of domestic politics and Turkey’s relations with Iran, the presumed target of the missile shield. The cable, however, clearly said, “Erdodoan is concerned that Turkey’s participation might later give Israel protection from an Iranian counter-strike.”In response to the Turkish prime minister’s concerns, Gates further emphasized that “without radar based in Turkey, significant areas in the eastern part of the country would not be covered by the system.” If Turkey refused to offer its soil for the radar system, the United States said, it would be located in a Southeastern European country, leaving some parts of Turkey undefended against a potential missile attack.
The Europeans urged to accept Turkish membership may not be pleased with Turkish Islamist ambition to reclaim the Ottoman parts of Eastern Europe. After all, Islamists such as those ruling Turkey can never agree to give up land that used to be ruled by a Muslims as an AKP member promised in 2004 Turkey wishes “to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683.” Jeffrey’s writes:
This “back to the past” attitude so clear in Davutoglu’s Sarajevo (January 2010) speech, combined with the Turks’ tendency to execute it through alliances with more Islamic or more worrisome local actors, constantly creates new problems.
The cables include nothing but nothing that indicates that President Obama’s special attention succeeded in improving US Turkey relations. The opposite is true. Obama merely succeeded in improving Turkish-Iranian relations:
Iran closely watched the spring 2009 visits to Turkey by Secretary Clinton and then President Obama. One direct result of those visits, according to an Iranian journalist based in Istanbul, was a decision by the regime to try to use Turkey’s enhanced influence with the USG to “soften” Washington’s approach to Iran.