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Questioning Motives Regarding Keeping Close to Turkiye is Necessary Evil to Prevent Surprises

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Sep 9, 2022 at 17:52

This (American) observer initially read this opinion with a sense of apprehension; and in considered retrospect, appropriately so. It can be generally conceded that the motives and motivation of PM Erdo─čan and his perceived quest to reinstate the Caliphate in Turkish (Ottoman) overtones drives his self-appointed agenda to look at all opportunities and potential situations to achieve his desired accomlishment of a dominant Turkiye.
Whatever he has done in the past and what he is planning for the near term future needs careful observation in order to determine what to defend against when considering which of any of the alliances he might take advantage of in order to achieve his schemes. NATO is vulnerable here.
But, to Reader Dekker's observation, turnabout might actually have been an underlying scheme in order to gain leverage, even an advantage that, like continuing to maintaining the base in Incirlik for ostensibly American purposes of NATO defense against Islamic issues; or even Russian ones in Syria.
After all, what was Sec of State Clinton's motivation in cozying to Turkiye years ago? That was never fully realized; and maybe thankfully so. Otherwise, current circumstances with the 46th American Administrative Chief Executive's oblivious view to such things will not end well if the Ukraine gets out of control.

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