Turkey: Still a U.S. Ally?

Is Turkey still a reliable ally? After repeated endorsements by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of policies inimical to U.S. interests, the answer seems to be not really.

Erdogan recently announced he will seek United Nations support to annul President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In addition, the Turkish Ministry of Justice has issued warrants for the arrest of two American Turkey specialists, in effect placing a bounty of $800,000 on their heads.

Additionally, there is the somewhat comical furor in Turkey over the adoption by Turkish entrepreneurs of the American “Black Friday” sales concept. Several Turkish businesses, which had attempted to increase sales by borrowing the U.S. “Black Friday” market lure, were attacked by devout Muslims who accused store owners of disrespecting Islam’s day of prayer. The perceived insult to Islam’s Friday Prayer obligation is just another example of a widening antipathy towards the U.S.

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  • greenface

    Never has been America’s friend.

  • canminuteman

    Turkey has never been a reliable ally. Twenty years ago the department I worked for at NDHQ sent a guy to Turkey once a year to inspect war stocks of artillery ammo that we had pre positioned there. It was partly to make sure that the ammo was still good, but mostly to make sure that it was still there. I understand they used to take the NATO ammo that was intended to shoot at Russians and shot it at Kurds instead.

  • Alain

    Muslim countries are NEVER allies.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If the US leaves NATO, the #2 NATO nation, Turkey, will likely invade Greece

    • Alain

      The United States is NATO, so they aren’t leaving. Turkey never had any business being a member.

      • Clausewitz

        Yeah, remind me again what part of the North Atlantic that Turkey resides upon.

  • clownloach

    Armenian Genocide.