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Obama: Lunatic and Buffoon; Erdogan: Just a Lunatic

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 4, 2015 at 22:05

I get your point, Daniel: Erdogan is a dictator, oblivious to elections and other legal niceties.

Your implied comparison between Erdogan and Obama is also appropriate. As an example of the latter's dictatorial tendencies, I might note that, at least in the eyes of Qatar's "Peninsular" website, Obama has already decided the outcome of the upcoming nuclear talks with Iran:

Obama has reiterated his position on two occasions after the Camp David Summit to reassure those who have doubts that there is going to be a final nuclear deal with Iran.

He emphasised that the agreement will be signed at the end of this June, which is the best possible scenario, and that it will carry Obama's signature and will ensure the freezing of Iran's nuclear programme (not terminating it).

-- http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/views/political-views/341487/gcc-priorities-post-camp-david

It's a shame, that America's dictator, besides being an absolutist ruler, is also a buffoon who is destroying his own country. He's like a football ("gridiron", for you Aussies and Brits) quarterback who calls the upcoming plays to the other team instead of his own. If I were the Ayatollah, I would be rolling with laughter at the above statement. I would be musing,

Let me see, Oh-bama has promised me a deal, no matter what I say or do. How many more concessions can I extract from him?

Erdogan is a lunatic, but not a buffoon. His thinking is pretty understandable: He wants power, absolute power, and more power still; but, unlike Obama, he doesn't have self-destructive tendencies: he has no inclination to have Turkey cede anything to anyone.

If Erdogan's still in charge five or ten years from now, I would expect him to be like "Gog" of Ezekiel 38-39, and invade Israel -- after militarily intervening in Syria (and perhaps Iraq). Just how that will come about, I don't know. Somehow, Turkey will have to supercede Iran as the principal menace in the region. That would go against Obama's plans, because Big O seems to have chosen Khammeini to be the Big Kahuna. Perhaps Iran will have a great setback, that surprizes even Obama? I hope it will.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan is a terrorist [44 words]Michael SOct 10, 2015 15:40225553
1Turkey is Tubal-cain [88 words]JackJul 5, 2015 02:52224062
Turkey - cruising for a bruising [92 words]Peter C.Jun 30, 2015 12:40224009
as usual, outsider analysis' are again exaggerated and came out to be false and narrow perspectived [216 words]
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servet cevikJun 12, 2015 07:00223775
Now that Erdo's been taken down a peg, will you change your analysis? [17 words]
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Solomon2Jun 9, 2015 08:47223745
Alliances shifting: Saudis getting cozy with Turkey [336 words]Michael SJun 9, 2015 04:47223743
Thank goodness your prognosis of the Turkish elections yesterday was wrong! [88 words]
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BobJun 8, 2015 15:29223734
Turkey on the brink of political implosion [356 words]
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Mehmet S. TurkelJun 6, 2015 08:36223709
withering Secularism [142 words]
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Dr.AwwadJun 5, 2015 12:38223692
Erdogan: on a collision course with Israel [450 words]Michael S.Jun 6, 2015 10:58223692
reply to Michael S [163 words]Dr.awwadJun 10, 2015 02:40223692
Erdogan is secure from a military coup. Expect attention in the region to shift to Egypt [411 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 15:33223692
Turkey is seeing red [427 words]Michael S.Jun 23, 2015 13:19223692
1Turkey : A dictatorship [63 words]BilalerdoganJun 5, 2015 02:36223688
Erdo, the Turkish Putin! [15 words]steven LJun 4, 2015 23:59223686
Obama: Lunatic and Buffoon; Erdogan: Just a Lunatic [353 words]Michael SJun 4, 2015 22:05223685
dictators end [10 words]havasJun 8, 2015 05:25223685
1Erdogan is, and likely will continue to be, absolutely in control -- even after the election [222 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 14:00223685

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