Turkey’s 'Islamist' president is destabilizing the nation in his quest for more power.(Wapo).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared ready to join with the United States in a more determined campaign against the Islamic State in July, when he agreed to allow U.S. planes to conduct missions from a Turkish air base. Now that is looking like a feint.
In the days after the agreement, the Turkish military launched an all-out assault not on the Islamists but on Kurdish insurgents in Turkey and Iraq, breaking a two-year cease-fire.
Rather than help U.S. operations, the campaign is complicating U.S. efforts to support a Kurdish militia inside Syria that has emerged as the strongest anti-Islamic State ground force.Mr. Erdogan’s objective, it turns out, was not to turn the tide of war in Syria but to reverse his failure to consolidate his power in Turkey. In June the would-be strongman was the big loser of a parliamentary election that he hoped would give his Justice and Development (AK) Party a majority sufficient to rewrite the constitution and grant him Putinesque powers.
After launching his military campaign against the insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Mr. Erdogan used his position as president to obstruct the formation of a new government and called new elections for Nov. 1.
His aim is to push the Kurdish party below the 10 percent of the vote it needs to enter parliament while attracting votes from Turks who previously supported right-wing nationalist parties. That, he hopes, will give him the supermajority he seeks — or, at least, a new AK government that will treat him as a de facto strongman even without constitutional changes. Hmmmm....'Sometimes NATO Ally' , state sponsor of terrorism.....One of Obama's BFF. Read the full story here.