Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I'd be concerned about Erdogan's intentions with NATO.

May 5, 2016
By Sophia Jones

Istanbul — Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (click here) — Turkey’s leading political figure, at least on paper — announced Thursday that he plans to step down from power after less than two years in office.
Tensions between Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have reportedly simmered for some time in a power struggle that hit a breaking point this week. The ruling AK Party revoked Davutoglu’s authority to appoint provincial party officials on May 2. 
Citing a “premature end” of his four-year-term, Davutoglu’s resignation comes amid concerns over Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism, and many observers fear it will enable the president to further consolidate his power....

Erdogan has literally manipulated Turkey's constitution to provide him with a fourth term. The Turkish border was porous during the time the militants were crossing into Syria and Turkey killed Iraqi Kurds and shot down a Russian jet. I am not so sure Erdogan is on our side anymore.

I think it is a mistake to recognize what is basically a coup of the Turkish constitution.