Mar 06 2018

Stop pretending Turkey is an ally – U.S. analyst

A former advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan and senior fellow at the Washington-based Cato Institute think-tank wrote that the United States should stop pretending that Turkey is an ally.

“The threat of open conflict between the two governments is real, and demonstrates the extent to which they have diverged,” Doug Bandow said.

“Rather than sacrificing American values and interests, Washington should drop its fantasy expectations and establish a more realistic relationship with Erdoğan.”

The official rhetoric from Washington considers Turkey an ally and commits the United States to continually improving the bilateral relationship after every new crisis, Bandow pointed out, with Rex Tillerson recently promising to resolve ongoing difficulties.

However, Turkey no longer fears Russia or has any other of its Cold War rationales for remaining close to the NATO bloc, he said.

“It would be foolish to assume that Turkey would live up to its alliance commitments if Russia ended up at war with America or Europe,” Bandow said.

“Turkey no longer is an ally. The bilateral relationship never was vital. It barely survives today,” he said.

“There’s no need for Ankara and Washington to be adversaries. But everyone concerned would benefit if the two governments dropped the pretence of friendship that now camouflages their vast differences.”