Fourteen years of Erdoganism has transformed
Turkey from ally to adversary. What does this mean for the United States?
NATO is at risk. The defensive alliance is run by
consensus, so single objection paralyzes it. There is no mechanism to expel
wayward members. Even if Erdogan doesn’t seek NATO’s destruction, Turkey
is an intelligence risk. Integrating Russian S-400 missiles would mean
exposing NATO secrets to the Kremlin. It gets worse: In fits of pique, Erdogan
exposed Israeli spies to Iran, and later leaked the location of American forces
inside Syria to the Islamic State. What comes next could be even worse: Hakan Fidan, Turkey’s intelligence chief, favors Tehran and Moscow over Washington.
Turkey is currently a partner on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, America’s
next-generation aircraft. Should the Pentagon really trust Turkey not to
share the F-35 stealth technology with Russia, Iran, and China? Don’t even get me
started on Turkey’s terror sponsorship. What to do: It’s time to stop pretending
Turkey is an ally. The best policies are geared to reality, not the fantasy of how
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