Comments on: Turkey ascendant, Palestine in tow. Whither Israel and the U.S.? http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2011/09/21/turkey-ascendant-palestine-in-tow-whither-israel-and-the-u-s/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Tseko http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2011/09/21/turkey-ascendant-palestine-in-tow-whither-israel-and-the-u-s/#comment-88 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:56:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=89#comment-88 I think the problem is that Turkey is descendant, not ascendant. The AKP won the latest elections with a reduced majority even thoough they passed a law expanding the voters base, and the economy has been deteriorating rapidly. Erdogan’s key domestic accomplishment is subjecting the military to civilian control, which is also the biggest risk externally as now he can order this military around in the region.

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By: Tseko http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2011/09/21/turkey-ascendant-palestine-in-tow-whither-israel-and-the-u-s/#comment-89 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:56:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=89#comment-89 I think the problem is that Turkey is descendant, not ascendant. The AKP won the latest elections with a reduced majority even thoough they passed a law expanding the voters base, and the economy has been deteriorating rapidly. Erdogan’s key domestic accomplishment is subjecting the military to civilian control, which is also the biggest risk externally as now he can order this military around in the region.

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By: txgadfly http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2011/09/21/turkey-ascendant-palestine-in-tow-whither-israel-and-the-u-s/#comment-87 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:50:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=89#comment-87 AIPAC aside, why would anyone in America consider Israel our “strategic partner”? They were once, when we confronted the USSR before it collapsed in 1989. Why now? Habit?

Israel is not a NATO member and would never be admitted. Only the USA supports Israel without question, working out its own behavior in the Muslim world in coordination with Tel Aviv. Our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan all support Israeli power and serve no other significant purpose for the American public at large. The costs are simply staggering and make our Social Security and Medicare problems look small, at least currently. And the expenditures, taken all together, are the largest single contributor to the Federal budget deficit.

Republicans would do nothing to help this situation. There is little to choose between them in the region.

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By: Charles613 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2011/09/21/turkey-ascendant-palestine-in-tow-whither-israel-and-the-u-s/#comment-86 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:11:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=89#comment-86 Despite the bluster emanating from Erdogan and company, Turkey is definitely NOT rising. Their relations with Syria, Iran, Israel, Armenia, Greece, and Cyprus are in the toilet. They are about to cut off relations with the EU over Cyprus’ pending presidency of the EU. Their military threats has NATO on edge over continuing ties with Turkey. And amidst the military bluster, keep in mind that Turkey’s military leaders have been fired, jailed, or forced into retirement. Erdogan and company are big talkers, but their foreign policy and military are in shambles.

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