Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is frustrated with Barack Obama. The two men used to talk directly and frequently but such discussions apparently stopped this past February.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September.
“In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can’t get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other,” Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday.
If ever there was a country that no longer belongs with NATO, it’s Turkey. As Shoebat.com has reported extensively, as the second largest country in NATO, Turkey has significant sway. Erdogan recently stated that Israel is surpassing Hitler with its actions in Gaza.
As for Syria, Shoebat.com has maintained since six days after the August 20, 2013 chemical weapons attack there, that the rebels – not al-Assad – were responsible. Since that time, we have been vindicated by multiple – and very credible – sources.
According to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, Erdogan’s Turkey was actually responsible. Hersh’s article ends this way:
Barring a major change in policy by Obama, Turkey’s meddling in the Syrian civil war is likely to go on. ‘I asked my colleagues if there was any way to stop Erdoğan’s continued support for the rebels, especially now that it’s going so wrong,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘The answer was: “We’re screwed.” We could go public if it was somebody other than Erdoğan, but Turkey is a special case. They’re a Nato ally. The Turks don’t trust the West. They can’t live with us if we take any active role against Turkish interests. If we went public with what we know about Erdoğan’s role with the gas, it’d be disastrous. The Turks would say: “We hate you for telling us what we can and can’t do.”’
Last year, Obama successfully pressured Netanyahu to apologize to Erdogan for Israel defending itself in the 2010 Gaza flotilla.
Regardless of Obama’s inherent support for the Muslim Brotherhood, as demonstrated by his policies since taking office, another reason he would blood libel Israel in its current fight with Hamas, is the rising ire of Erdogan. This would also explain why there is such urgency on the part of the U.S. to demand ceasefires every time the fighting starts. More accurately, ceasefires only seem to be called for when Hamas is losing.