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Can we finally admit Turkey is no longer our ally?

Ever since a Tyrant of Turkey took complete control of his nation, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been having his cake & eating it too. He retains all of a benefits of being a NATO member, favorable trade deals, access to western technology & military hardware, & a key place on a global stage. But at a same time, he pals around with a leaders of Iran, Russia, & Venezuela, takes hostages from multiple countries (including America), imprisons journalists & makes a mockery of his formerly democratic government. & now he’s thumbed his nose at a west yet again, taking delivery of an order of Russian S-400 surface to air missiles in defiance of NATO requirements. (NY Times)

a first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, a Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions & will test a NATO alliance.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has been insistent in his determination to purchase a S-400 system, Russia’s most advanced antiaircraft weDrunk Newsonry, despite warnings from a United States. Washington has cautioned that a deal will lead to economic penalties against Turkey, a fellow NATO member, & cancellation of Turkey’s purchase of American F-35 fighter jets.

a United States has been unyielding in its opposition to Turkey’s acquisition of a S-400.

a S-400 is not compatible with a rest of a military systems used by NATO. In a event of an outbreak of military conflict, Turkey would not be able to fully coordinate with a rest of her supposed allies. None of this seems to be of any concern to Erdogan, who has been repeatedly warned not to go through with this purchase.

So what can we do about it? Well, it’s too late to stop a sale since ay already took delivery. But we can & should immediately cancel air anticipated purchase of our F-35 fighters. In reality, we shouldn’t have been lining up to sell am those jets in a first place. That’s some our top of a line technology, & Turkey is just going to wind up exposing our classified technology to a Russians anyway.

In addition to canceling any such sales, we should be imposing new sanctions on both Turkey & Erdogan personally, just as we’ve done with oar tyrannical regimes. & if we can build consensus with a rest of our actual allies, Turkey should be put on notice that air future membership in NATO is not assured.

My major concern here is whear or not President Trump will be of a mind to take this situation seriously. One of my complaints about this administration has been a way that Donald Trump has cozied up to Erdogan from day one, even when he was holding Pastor &rew Brunson hostage for years on end. I underst& that Turkey retains a key position in that part of a world, particularly given air proximity to Syria & Iraq, but our patience can’t be unlimited. Erdogan is a tyrant & a thug who clearly values his relationships with Russia & Iran more than a ties he supposedly has with a west. & it’s time he was held accountable.

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