PLEASE NOTE: The signatories of this letter are the same Neo-cons that caused the Iraq disaster. Erdogan is no longer useful to them and the CIA. To FULLY accomplish THEIR mission they will tout Gul as a moderating influence. We know he's a full fledged Feto. And we know that the CHP is a disaster heading over the cliff. This may or may not be Erdogan's coup-de-grace. But it will surely be Turkey's. Abramowitz and Edelman are the CIA operatives who had the brilliant idea to bring Erdogan to power. The letter is their sick way of saying they're sorry. Read the letter. You will see immediately fingerprints of George W Bush and Israel. There will be no peace, security or stability for Turkey. It's borders are non-existent. Al-Qaeda has penetrated Hatay. Gulen has the police. The Turkish army is the functional equivalent of Hitler's SS. The next step in the debacle will be a full invasion of Syria to save the Syrian people. (And protect Israel) The false pretext will be exactly like Hitler's to invade Czechoslovakia. The theatrics continue...as does the horror.
James (Cem) Ryan Istanbul 21 February 2014
Bipartisan Letter to President Obama on Turkey
February 20, 2014
The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is increasingly undermining a central pillar of the decades-long, strategic U.S.-Turkish partnership: Turkey’s growing democracy. We are writing because of our deep dismay at this development and to urge you to make clear to the Turkish public America’s concern about Turkey’s current path. Silence will only encourage Prime Minister Erdoğan to diminish the rule of law in the country even further.
Turkey is a long-time ally of the United States and one of only two democratic, stable partners we have in the Middle East. But it might not remain either for long. The response of Prime Minister Erdoğan to potential challenges to his rule—first large public protests beginning in May 2013, more recently allegations of massive corruption that reach the highest levels of his government—threaten to take Turkey from an imperfect democracy to an autocracy. He and many in his party have abused their positions and compromised the rule of law by shutting down the investigations, dismissing or reassigning hundreds of prosecutors and thousands of police officers, muzzling the media, demonizing critics, and incriminating imagined foreign conspirators, including the U.S. ambassador. Worse, the ruling AKP has pushed through institutional changes—such as bringing the judiciary under executive control and expanding state authority to censor the internet—that would eliminate the hallmarks of democracy: separation of powers, checks and balances, and civil liberties.
These developments have already roiled Turkey’s economy, polarized its society, and endangered its political stability. Some might argue that because the United States has many interests with Turkey—not least of which is ending the violence in Syria and easing the suffering of its people—it should not risk alienating its ally. Should Turkey succumb to the authoritarian impulses currently on display, however, it would have profound implications for our ability to work together and, therefore, for our deepest interests.
We fear that Prime Minister Erdoğan and the Turkish public have taken American silence to mean that the Prime Minister retains U.S. support and can proceed as he wishes. In the meanwhile, the damage to Turkey’s democracy keeps worsening. We believe it is important now to make it clear, privately and publicly, that Prime Minister Erdoğan’s autocratic actions and demagoguery are subverting Turkey’s political institutions and values and endangering the U.S.-Turkey relationship.
Ambassador Morton I. Abramowitz James Kirchick Elliott Abrams Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld Dr. Kenneth Adelman Representative James Thomas Kolbe Dr. David Adesnik David Kramer Ilan Berman Irina Krasovskaya Ambassador David Birenbaum Dr. William Kristol Ambassador John R. Bolton Dr. Robert J. Lieber Max Boot Senator Joseph I. Lieberman Ellen Bork Scott Lilly Ambassador L. Paul Bremer Dr. Aaron Lobel Dr. Eliot A. Cohen Mary Beth Long Senator Norm Coleman Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken Susan Corke Dr. Michael Makovsky Dr. Svante Cornell Ann Marlowe Ambassador William Courtney Clifford D. May Jack David Stephen McInerney James S. Denton David A. Merkel Tom Dine Dr. Joshua Muravchik Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky Dr. Dana Villiers Negroponte Michael Doran Governor Tim Pawlenty Mark Dubowitz Dr. Martin Peretz Dr. Colin Dueck Danielle Pletka Charles Dunne John Podhoretz Dr. Nicholas N. Eberstadt Arch Puddington Ambassador Eric S. Edelman Senator Charles S. Robb Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin Dr. Carla Anne Robbins Reuel Marc Gerecht Ambassador Dennis Ross Carl Gershman Dr. Michael Rubin Abe Greenwald Dr. Kori Schake Christopher J. Griffin Dr. Jonathan Schanzer Lawrence J. Haas Randy Scheunemann John P. Hannah Dan Senor Pete Hegseth Scott Siff John D. Holum Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter Brian Hook Julianne Smith Peter R. Huessy GEN Charles F. Wald, USAF (Ret.) Dr. William C. Inboden Peter Wehner Bruce Pitcairn Jackson Dr. Kenneth R. Weinstein Dr. Kenneth D. M. Jensen Dr. Michael Werz ADM Gregory Johnson, USN (Ret.) Leon Wieseltier Ambassador Robert G. Joseph Dr. Dov S. Zakheim Brian Katulis Mortimer Zuckerman-