Impromptus: The most bogus of words, &c.
For the last many years, I’ve thought that the word “relevant” was one of our most bogus. “How do you make Beethoven relevant?” people will ask. Things like that. Now I’m thinking that “relevant” may be the most …
How Trump Can Stop Erdoğan from Playing the United States
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has big ambitions. He wants to become an Imam Ataturk, a leader who replaces Turkey’s national secularism with autocratic political Islam.
But this week, by claiming the United States supports ISIS, Erdogan crossed a …
All the Troubles in the World
All the Troubles in the World
Hell of a Monday.
Let’s begin in the Turkish capital of Ankara, where all ambassadors and visiting dignitaries are now going to look at their local police security assistance with a new wariness:
The West Must Learn to Say No to Turkey
Under its agreement with the European Union, Turkey promises to take back all illegal immigrants who have made their way to Greece. In return, Turkey will receive financial aid from the EU, and talks on EU membership for Turkey will …
Turkey’s Coup Attempt Has Played Straight into Erdogan’s Hands
Back in 2008, at the height of the global economic meltdown, Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama’s designee for chief of staff, summed up his guiding political philosophy. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” he told the Wall Street …
Erdogan’s Turkey: An Opportunity for the West
I will maintain, until next week when the Republican convention will be over, my self-imposed gag on substantive comments about the presidential race. But I would like to make an interim comment on the media. Peggy Noonan is correct, as …
Turkey’s Careless Coup Ends Well for Erdogan
The abortive military coup that aimed to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is particularly mystifying. Erdogan accuses Fethullah Gulen — an Islamist much like himself, and at least his equal in the competition to have absolute power — of …
Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt
Every major government condemned the coup attempt in Turkey, as did all four of the parties with representatives in the Turkish parliament. So did even Fethullah Gulen, the religious figure accused of being behind the would-be takeover.
All of which …
Three Things about Turkey
I’m no Turkey-ologist, but I will pass along some observations from a Turkish-American businessman with extensive experience in the region.
First, neither the success nor the failure of the coup probably would have made much difference to immediate U.S. …
The Cost of Slow-Rolling ISIS Is Clear in the Turkish Airport Attack
Today is a day to grieve with Turkey. At least 41 innocent people are dead, and another 150 injured, in a terrorist attack on Kemal Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Many more would have died if security at the airport had been …
Erdogan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey
I participated Tuesday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of diplomats. …
Time to Get Tough on Turkey
Turkey has now been a candidate for membership in the European Union longer than any other country in the history of the European integration process. It submitted its application to the European Economic Community, the EU’s predecessor, in 1987. Twelve …
Russian Ambassador Gunned Down in Turkey — Shooter Shouts ‘Allahu Akhbar’
The world just got more dangerous. A gunman shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey and then stood over his body, shouted “Allahu Akhbar” and began ranting about Syria and Aleppo. I won’t embed video of the shooting, but …
Where Are the Academic Boycotts of Turkey?
In an attempt to consolidate power after last week’s coup attempt, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a massive purge of Turkish institutions. As Noah Daponte-Smith notes, among those fired or detained are 1,577 university deans and professors, along with tens …
Turkey’s Road to Totalitarianism
We knew the repression after Turkey’s attempted coup would be bad. But we didn’t know it would be quite this bad.
The most recent news out of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey is simply extraordinary. Erdogan has banned …
The Five Strangest Facts about the Coup in Turkey
The flames from Turkey’s attempted coup had not yet gone out before the conspiracy theories started. Drawing on Hitler’s rise to power, those who viewed the coup skeptically compared it to the Reichstag fire: an instance of attempted …
How Erdogan Is Rolling the Dice, and How/Why America Must Check Him
Lesson number one: Don’t coup it if you can’t do it. Breaking their institutional track record of highly successful coups, elements of the Turkish military failed in their effort to remove President Erdogan from power.
Erdogan, understandably, is …
Lessons from the Failed Coup in Turkey
‘Never wound a king,” Herodotus advised 2,450 years ago. An unsuccessful attempt to overthrow a powerful ruler ends badly for those who attempt it. Having regained control of the Turkish government, President Erdogan has rounded up 2,839 soldiers as complicit in the …
On Syria, Turkey Bows to Putin’s Will
Syria’s Civil War is a Shakespearean mix of vicious brutality and unending political intrigue. And this week, Turkey added another plot twist. Speaking yesterday, Turkey’s recent-to-the-job prime minister, Binali Yildirim, announced: “I am sure that we will return …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Destabilized’ Turkey ‘Feels Surrounded and Isolated’
Charles Krauthammer observes that Turkey, in the wake of a terror attack in Istanbul, is destabilized:
Well, I think it’s most likely ISIS. It could be the Kurds, who’ve carried out a lot of terror attacks, but not …