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Sunday, January 22, 2012

'Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are'

There's a Mexican proverb that says "tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." Last week, the President of the United States told everyone who his friends are, but not enough people have made the connection. Here's one who has (Hat Tip: Soccer Dad).
Obama told Time Magazine that his diplomatic endeavors have been more effective because he shares “trust and confidence” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and British premier David Cameron, in that order. Obama: “I think that if you ask them… they would say, ‘We have a lot of trust and confidence in the President. We believe what he says. We believe that he’ll follow through on his commitments. We think he’s paying attention to our concerns and our interests.’”

Israeli media, of course, played up the fact that Obama didn’t list Benjamin Netanyahu as one of the world leaders with whom he shares a “friendship and bond of trust.” But that, unfortunately, is not surprising, and it misses the point. The point is – the shocker is – that Obama does feel a kinship to Erdogan – one of the most anti-Western, anti-Israel, pro-Islamist and nasty leaders on the globe.

Erdogan has led a major reorientation in Turkish foreign policy away from the West and towards the West’s worst enemies, including Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in Gaza, and Hizballah in Lebanon. Everyone knows that he has crashed Turkish-Israel relations, which within the framework of the new Turkish foreign policy, are a burden. Erdogan hardly lets a week pass without disparaging or criticizing Israel or the Jews. This undoubtedly fits well with the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sentiments prevalent in the Muslim world.

But Erdogan is Obama’s friend, with whom Obama shares a “friendship and bond of trust.”
Read the whole thing.

Scott Johnson quotes from a similar post by Barry Rubin:
For the first time in forty years, Israel is not the American president’s favorite Middle Eastern ally. Instead, that role is played by Turkey’s government.

This would not be such a bad thing if we were talking about the “old” Turkey, the secular republic. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama’s favorite advisor among the regional leaders is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pretend all you want but Obama really dislikes—hates?—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and truth be told Netanyahu has done nothing to deserve that treatment.


The fundamental problem with Erdogan is despite being embraced by the United States, he is an enemy of the United States, the West more generally, and Israel. He is on the side of radical, anti-American Islamists who want to wipe Israel off the map. So angry and passionate is Erdogan’s loathing of Israel that the leader of the opposition mockingly but pointedly asked if the prime minister wanted to go to war with the Jewish state.

How obvious should this massive change be? Let me sum it up in one sentence: A few years ago Turkey was an ally of Israel. Now it is an ally of Hamas.
Johnson adds:
I’d love to know what these Cameron and Merkel think of Obama, but I think we can make a pretty good guess what Erdogan thinks of him. Let’s just say he thinks him useful.
You mean like "useful idiot"? Yes, I think that's a fair description.

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At 11:43 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Not forgetting OLDER friends: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

They both carry the same 'love' for Israel.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The thing I would watch for is after the election later this year... If Obama wins (or between Nov & inauguration day in Jan '13 if he loses), I'd take bets that Erdogan will pick a military fight with Israel so that Obama can set NATO (as requested by the UN, natch) onto Israel. Libya was the dress rehearsal for how it will go. And as a NATO MEMBER, with treaties in place to bring in the US and EU planes, troops, etc. if a NATO member is hit, Turkey will be the one to whack Israel to set it in motion. If I were you guys, I'd start talking about this now (so it gets on the radar and talking points for Mark Levin, Rush, Newt and the other boys, etc.) because the media will of course bury it or talk against you. Israel has many many many friends in the U.S. and, as SC showed, everybody is pi**ed at these people. And drill, baby, drill and keep setting up your desalination capability for water so the jerk neighbors can't blockade you. Just FYI, we've also got it bad in the SW US with these people spewing guns to the drug gangbangers and cartels, who have made Mexico orders of magnitude more dangerous than Afghanistan. They have to be voted out.


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