Former General Gets Life in Prison as Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey
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  • wigwag

    Obama is Erdogan’s greatest enabler. Has the American President ever met an Islamist tyrant that he doesn’t like?

    • bpuharic

      The tin foil hat brigade is working overtime

      The fact is, for DECADES these oppressive regimes fostered Islamists. They quashed moderate parties, hoping that extremists would be too extreme for domestic consumption. They sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind.

      The simplistic analysis you just made indicates your view is shaped not by logic but by your nativist hatred of Obama.

  • bpuharic

    It’s a de facto statement that the level of democracy is greater now that it was under Bush. It may not be the type of democracy we LIKE, it may be evolving, but the Arab world is certainly more democratic than it was 10 years ago.

    This is a snapshot of a regime given to religious extremism. It’s so premature to make a conclusion about the direction of Arab democracy that to say Obama’s policies are in ruin is like saying we lost WW2 because of Pearl Harbor.

    • wigwag

      Turks are not Arabs.

      • bpuharic

        Although that’s true, see WRM’s last paragraph above.

      • Jim__L

        It’s really tough to resist the temptation to feed the troll, isn’t it?

  • bigfire

    I’ve always taken it for granted that the constitution of 1924 institutionalized Army’s guardianship of the country, and it’s their duty to overthrow government. Well, that’s dust now.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “the Obama administration’s attempts to promote democracy in the Arab world increasingly look like a policy in ruins.”

    What did the Obama administration ever do to promote democracy in the Arab world? It looks to me like they have gotten into bed with the forces of Tyranny every chance they got, and gave the back of their hand to democracy everywhere.

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