Charles Krauthammer called the absence of the United Kingdom and Turkey “a huge loss” to the U.S.-led coalition to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
On Tuesday’s Fox and Friends, the conservative columnist discussed the Syrian air strikes conducted overnight by American and Arab warplanes. He welcomed the limited participation of nations such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, but warned that the coalition still leaves much to be desired.
“What’s missing here, of course, is Europe,” he said. “There are no Europeans. I guess they were burned a bit, some of them — the British, for example — with the Iraq War, when we sort of lost their domestic support, and they were left hanging. And their politicians who were in on this were badly hurt.”
“But the big, glaring absence is Turkey,” Krauthammer continued. “It’s right on the border of Syria, it’s a NATO country, they have an interest in stopping ISIS.”
“But they’ve been in a double game,” he explained, noting that President Erdogan’s Islamist government has allowed Islamic State fighters to enter Syria through his country.
“So they’re a little bit on the fence,” Krauthammer concluded. “And that’s really a huge loss for us, in not having them.”