Perry’s Turkey

It seems like the Republican candidates, dropped out or still in race, have no clue what is going on in the world.

Look for instance at the exchange in a recent Republican debate.

Wow – I never heard this accusation before.

If you know just a little bit, you know that Turkey Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or the AKP), has the majority in the parliament over there (326 of 549). It is an Islamist party, for sure, but if you have many people following the Islam, you would expect that.

But there is also this:
Among the Islamist nations, Turkey is the most moderate of them. Or western-oriented if you like.

Turkey is member of the NATO when Perry was 2 years old. Turkey wants to become a member of the EU. There are difficulties, of course.

But in Turkey you can actually leave the Islam and turn to another religion. The wearing of head scarfs in schools is still prohibited.

Perry says “our president, has a foreign policy that makes our allies very nervous and emboldens our enemies”.

Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea “nervous”?

I doubt that.

Pakistan, yes. That has been problematic.

Israel, maybe. But can you really support everything Israel does? In the Arab uprising this past spring, Israel has been notoriously quiet, as if they don’t know what to make out of it. All the statement you here are stale to say the least. Internally there are discussions whether or not attack Iran militarily.

Perry: “there should be no space between the United States and Israel, period.”

But back to Turkey. It had close relations to Syria, but they have changed since the start of the Syrian uprising. They help Syrian refugees as much as they can – there are just too many.

Turkey ruled by “Islamic terrorist”?

Another quote: “Turkey … are moving far away from the country that I lived in back in the 1970’s as a pilot in the United States Air Force that was our ally, that worked with us, but today we don’t see that”

Back than, Mr. Perry, Turkey was dominated by the military. It was only just recently that the military power has been put under more control of the civilian society.

With so much influence of the militarily-industrial complex to the U.S. government (esp. Congress) one wishes the same for the U.S.

One final quote: “And we need to send a powerful message to countries like Iran, and Syria and Turkey that the United States is serious and that we’re going to have to be dealt with.”

That is, Turkey is not much different from Iran or Syria.

I think that speaks for itself.

If Perry becomes President, Mitt Romney would have a lot of apologizing to do for America. In fact, he actually should do it right now.

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