Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Obama's Blundering in Turkey

Ralph Peter's points out the jaw dropping missteps that President Obama took in Turkey on his visit:
The Europeans don't want Turkey in their club. Because Turkey isn't a European state, nor is its culture European. And it isn't our business to press Europe to embrace a huge, truculent Muslim country suffering a creeping Islamist coup.

The Europeans were appalled by Turkey's neo-Taliban tantrum on-stage at last week's
NATO summit. The Turks fought to derail the appointment of a great Dane, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as the new NATO secretary general. Why? Because he didn't stone to death the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed.

Which brings us to the even bigger problem: Obama has no idea what's going on in Turkey. By going to Ankara on his knees, he gave his seal of approval to a pungently anti-American Islamist government bent on overturning Mustapha Kemal's legacy of the separation of mosque and state.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP, means headscarves, Korans, censorship and stacked elections. The country's alarmed middle class opposes the effort to turn the country into an Islamic state. Obama's gushing praise for the AKP's bosses left them aghast. Obama's embrace of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (now orchestrating show trials of his opponents) was one step short of going to Tehran and smooching President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Bush blundered his way through his diplomatic matters and it appears Obama is too. (Though in a much nicer way.) I wonder what on earth Obama was trying to accomplish with his talk? Ralph Peters compares him with Jimmy Carter.

It seems that his speech was made to be heard in Iran. Is this a move to try and open talks with them? Perhaps. Is that a bad thing? I'm not sure.

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