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  1. Al Kennedy Member

    Andrew, I think your guest today (Monday) and his view of Turkey and its current president Erdogan is completely wrong.

    He fails to recognize that when Turkey was pursuing the philosophy of Ataturk—the complete separation of religion from government—it was a true ally of the US. Erdogan is a dedicated Islamist and has been undermining Ataturk’s philosophy since he became president, and has passed legislation and issued edicts that made Sharia law part of the governing of Turkey. He has become unreliable as an ally as he attempts to recreate the Turkish Caliphate in Ankara with himself as the head Caliph. Your guest tries to pass himself off as a “relist”, but conveniently forgets the history of Turkey since Erdogan became president.

    Erdogan is not “as good as it gets” in the Middle East. My vote for that would King Abdullah II of Jordan.

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    • October 14, 2019, at 7:31 PM PST
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  2. rev1917 Lincoln

    Thanks for having @Doranimated on. He has a coherent position that needs to be debated.

    I think Doran is correct about Iran being the main strategic threat. He is also correct about the neo-Marxist nature of some of the Kurdish groups.

    He is a little too sanguine about the problematic nature of Islamist Turkey. Curbing Erdogan’s worst instincts while not pushing Turkey into the arms of Russia will take more tack than anyone in American foreign policy has shown for a long time.

    Btw, King Abdullah is protecting a Palestinian terrorist from American justice. OTOH, there wasn’t much said when he executed jailed ISIS fighters.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 5:08 AM PST
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