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Erdogan Praised at White House as He Subverts US Interests

With a 'friend' like Erdogan, Obama’s policy toward Syria, Iran, the advance of revolutionary Islamism, and the Israel-Palestinian “peace process,” is in serious trouble.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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At the Washington meeting, Obama and Erdogan agreed that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must go. But who will they replace him with and how will they get rid of him? Obama said that the Syrian dictator, “Needs to transfer power to a transitional body….That is the only way we’re going to resolve this crisis.”

But that is demonstrably false because Assad won’t step down. So what’s the United States going to do about it?

Once again the Turkish government has taken the lead on U.S. policy by pushing for direct U.S. aid to the rebels. That means giving money, weapons, and other aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and more radical groups to take power because the real moderates in the Syrian opposition are rare.

And again what is Obama going to do to bring about this objective? ‘Will he continue to follow advice from Erdogan which has already proven to be wrong because it is based on the interests of a Turkish Islamist regime seeking to promote Sunni Islamism and Turkish influence in the region?

Obama’s expressed hope of creating a Syria that is “a source of stability, not extremism” is very dangerous because he might well hope that but it is not a realistic goal. And again what is Obama going to do to bring about this objective?

(Incidentally. the U.S. government has apologized to Israel for U.S. officials confirming to the New York Times that a ground attack within Syria earlier this month was staged by Israel. Publicly stating this information forced Syria (and Hizballah and Iran) to officially threaten Israel with retaliation, thus endangering Israel.) Now, too, Iran, Russia, and Hizballah are stepping up support for Assad. It is clear that Russia will block tougher action in the U.N. Security Council. It is also stepping up arms shipments to Assad. If Russia provides Syria with advanced anti-aircraft missiles these could be used to shoot down any U.S. planes that tries to enforce a no-fly zone.

Yet Obama doesn’t have the credibility or leverage with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who from every indication holds him in contempt as a weakling, to stop Moscow from showing that it is the stronger, more reliable ally. Hizballah has up to 5,000 fighters inside Syria now, though they have been mainly employed in holding territory vital for Assad’s survival.

The rebels will not win without a lot of U.S. help. This civil war is becoming an international test of wills in which Obama–for reasons that are not unreasonable--doesn’t want to fight. Yet does that mean the United States will accept a humiliating defeat at the hands of Tehran and Moscow? Fortunately, while the rebels cannot win, they also are likely to hold much of Syria. In other words, Assad can’t put down the rebellion either. But the result will be: stalemate; continued war for two years or more; tens of thousands of more deaths.

One day there will be congressional investigations on how U.S. policy armed terrorist and even, albeit unintentionally, al Qaeda groups. It will be too late. The situation in Syria makes the Iran-Contra affair–U.S. involvement during the Reagan Administration in supplying arms to pro-American Nicaraguan rebels–look like a picnic.

The situation is getting very dangerous and with a “friend” like Erdogan it is clear that Obama’s policy toward Syria, Iran, the advance of revolutionary Islamism, and the Israel-Palestinian “peace process,” is in serious trouble.

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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10 Responses to “Erdogan Praised at White House as He Subverts US Interests”

  1. Ruth Hirt says:

    Is the USA yielding, throwing their guards down?

  2. Ruth Hirt says:

    Is the USA yielding, throwing their guards down?

  3. Ruth Hirt says:

    Till when should the US and company's lethargic spell weave defeat?

  4. Since when the Israeli Prime Minister apologizes for killing "terrorists"?

    These activists were carrying humanitarian aid to a sieged city of Gaza, the terrorists there were the army staff of Israel.
    That's why they will be caught by Interpol very soon.

  5. Chris Leibundgut says:

    Humanitarian aid?! What are you – a comedian?! Hardly anything worthy of the word 'aid' was found once those vessels were emptied at Ashdod. If you want to know who sailed on the 'Mavi Marmara' all you have to do is go on YouTube and watch IHH terrorist-in-chief Bülent Yıldırım rile up his troops on board and hear those fanatical would be shahids talk about martyrdom! If anything, Turkey should be apologizing to and compensating Israel for endangering the lives of IDF personnel!

  6. Anonymous says:

    AS FOUNDER OF Rabbis for Romney I WARNED YOU ABOUT OBAMA.

    Watch this. It is well worth it. NO one in this administration knows anything. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. Ruth Hirt says:

    He is a disoriented charlie (charlatan). Lost all forms of diplomacy, let alone any hint of decent intelligence. The world is infested with m*****al dictators. The Church seeks help from on HIGH.

  8. Only an idiot would praise Erdogan–the most fanatic, evil leader of any country–with the possible exception of Iran's Ahmadinejad. No wonder those two monsters are pals.

    Praising Erdogan is a bigger blight on the Obama Administration than Benghazi or the IRS Scandal. That this evil leader was invited to the White House by Obama is the utmost in arrogance.

  9. Meryl Davis says:

    Obama won't say "radical terrorism" – what do u expect??? Our president likes dictators…what else is knew???

  10. Laurence Cox says:

    Perhaps if Israel spent more time paying attention to its own matters instead of sponging off of, and criticizing America, it would have far fewer problems. I'm no fan of Obama but an Israeli newspaper has little right to complain about USA foreign policy. Israel would not exist without American charity, American tolerance, and America's best weaponry.

    So shut your traps, stop subjugating your own people, and solve your own problems. I'm tired of sending American taxpayer dollars to prop up your country which, in the long run, history will show as having been an unsustainable proposition. Israel… America's Cuba.

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