Tagged: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Green light

The Director of Croquet at the Mar-a-Lago Club sits in on NSC meetings.

There are no mulligans for unconstitutional Executive Orders.

Asking Mr Trump to act more presidential is like asking a clown to take off his orange grease paint.

Better to compare Trump to leaders who attack judges (the departed Morsi and Erdogan) than with past US Presidents.

The “Iran deal” is a multilateral one. Saying no to the deal is also saying no to the UK, France, Germany, and the EU. Reneging is complicated.



(Stay Puft Armageddon, Larry Irons)

Mr Cruz walked on to “American Idiot” and walked off to a Bronx cheer.

The GOP died in 2009 when the Tea Party coup happened. The stench is just now reaching around the world from the bowels of Mr Trump.

1. He considers the US’s NATO obligations to be optional.

During a 45-minute conversation, [Trump] explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance.

As one might expect, this view contradicts reality … in the form of the acceptance speech of his Vice Presidential pick, Mike Pence:

We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength. He will rebuild the arsenal of democracy, stand with our allies and hunt down and destroy our enemies of freedom.

2. He’s also down with Mr Erdoğan’s new Caliphate.

Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Wednesday that if he were elected, he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations.”

It will need luxury hotels and casinos. And golf courses.

Two tribes

Putin versus Erdogan. Two dictators having a spat is not a pretty sight.

As the Diego Costa of international relations, Mr Putin faces the problem of a lack of credibility when he cries wolf.

As the kids say, “sh*t just got real” for Russia’s Eternal President.

I’m no friend of Erdogan (who himself is a very bad actor), but Mr Putin was warned about violating Turkey’s airspace (I believe when Russia’s model airplane/drone was shot down a few months ago). Now, he’s been taught a harsh lesson in the meaning of respect for the sovereignty of other nations, something he’s wilfully ignored in Ukraine.

It’s ironic to hear the Black Hand of Donetsk use the language of “stab in the back.” All of this could have been avoided if Mr Putin had respected the international law of sovereignty.

US versus Syrian refugees. Caterwauling emocons are afraid of their own shadows.