Obama Considers Erdogan ‘A Failure and an Authoritarian’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) with President Obama
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) with President Obama

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) with President Obama

In a sprawling overview of President’s Obama’s foreign policy, The Atlantic, in its April 2016 issue, publishes a heavily-reported feature by Jeffery Goldberg, who delves into the machinations of the Obama’s foreign policy posturing.

In the article, which focuses on the Middle East crisis as upended by the Syrian war, Obama discusses certain world leaders who have frustrated him during the course of his presidency, among them Israeli President Benjamin and Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Early on, Obama saw Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, as the sort of moderate Muslim leader who would bridge the divide between East and West,” Goldberg writes in his article, “The Obama Doctrine.

“But Obama now considers him a failure and an authoritarian, one who refuses to use his enormous army to bring stability to Syria,” adds Goldberg, who interviewed the president and other high-level administration officials.

On a related note, Goldberg writes that Obama had heard that King Abdullah II of Jordan had complained to friends in Congress about his leadership and “told the king [on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales in 2014] that if he had complaints, he should raise them directly. The king denied that he had spoken ill of him [Obama],” writes Goldberg.

The same King Abdullah II warned Senate leaders in January 2015 of Turkey’s pervasive support for Islamic militants and Ankara’s desire for radical Islam to prevail in the Middle East and flow to Europe.

This revelation was made by The Guardian newspaper, which obtained leaked documents from a briefing King Abdullah presented to high-level US lawmakers, among them Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker and House Speaker Paul Ryan when he was visiting the US in January.

According to The Guradian, Abdullah told the lawmakers that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “believes in a radical Islamic solution to the problems in the region.” He went on to say that “that terrorists are going to Europe as part of Turkish policy, and Turkey keeps getting a slap on the hand, but they get off the hook.”

Read Goldberg’s entire article in The Atlanic.


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  1. zarkim said:

    This is interesting. When push comes to shove, they all scatter and spill the beans on each other.
    Mr Obama, Erdogan, Europe, Abdullah, etc.. they all tell the TRUTH.
    When they were creating these TERRORIST groups (At least 100) in Syria by American Administration, Europe, England, Israel, Saudi and Jordan, etc.. ; They were all separately negotiating with Erdogan who was going to coordinate these groups. They were all MAKING PROMISES to each other.
    Erdogan was given PROMISES of Protection against PUTIN if he wanted to interfere. Obama was gonna RIGHT HOOK him, Europe was gonna UPPERCUT him, Abdullah was going to jump in his F16 and personally take Putin out if he dared to resist….
    And then
    They all woke up from his terrible dream and ran for cover.
    Obama does not want to meet Erdogan because he does not want to be reminded of his promises; Europe, England, Jordon, etc.. , do not want to admit their promises to Erdogan.
    Abdullah of Jordan thinks Erdogan should send MUSLIM TERROR groups to Syria and not Europe:
    Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe
    Turkey is deliberately ‘unleashing’ Isis terrorists into Europe, says Jordan’s King Abdullah
    Erdogan tries to remind Europe about their plan to send MUSLIM RADICAL groups to Syria:
    Turkish officials: Europe wanted to export extremists to Syria
    Abdullah of Jordan is very upset with Erdogan. How dare he let the team down!
    Erdogan is upset about being let down and given false promises!
    Europe is upset for failing to send more TERRORISTS to Syria!
    Obama does not remember. Mum’s the word!
    UNESCO is concerned about the Palmyra destruction. WHAT ABOUT all the ARMENIAN CHURCHES that have been destroyed? They were all more than 1000 years old.
    Unesco has called the destruction of Syria’s heritage by IS militants a war crime
    Unesco, the UN’s cultural agency, which has described the destruction of Palmyra as a war crime.
    ‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’

  2. Kevork Hagopian said:

    It is about time that the U.S. should realize that Turkey is not a friend of the West but a foe- a wolf in sheeps’ skin. The only reason why Turkey is in NATO because3 it fears the Russians. If Russia was not a threat to Turkey, the murderous Turks would never have joined NATO. They are ISIS in disguise, Turks murdered 1.5 million Armenians including women and children. GOD BLESS ALL ARMENIANS AND CHRISTIANS.

  3. Sylva~MD~poetry said:

    I am happy and proud that I never did a mistake
    by writing my historical poetry collection of 237 condensed pages in 2011
    and the cover of the book painted by my American friend, Nancy Dammen-jones.
    As a mother feeling with Obamas mother, Ann…
    She was unlucky women…
    She did not see her son as a president
    But she had good, clever, honest X chromosome to give him
    and to bring such a son and to look after him as a single mother.
    Although he did recognize the Armenian genoccide …for many reasons
    But I am sure he will do.

    Averse from the book

    Obama’’s Mama’’s Shining Sun,
    Was Her Son

    Obama’’s Mama,
    Sweet Stanley-Ann*
    Discovered Love
    Before weeping
    While watching
    Love Story**

    She imagined her love in
    The caves of a hot-green African Heart.
    Not searching for wealth
    Not searching for autonomy.

    Obama’’s Mama
    Soon gave birth to a Baby
    From a clever, charming man.
    That man disappeared
    Leaving a smiling child
    On her depressed lap.

    She was disappointed,
    Left her hometown
    Traveling from place to place’’
    Searching for another grace

    She was once-again unlucky,
    She returned home
    To face the sun;
    Her sun shunned the rays.

    Her only sun, was ‘‘Her Son.’’
    She was proud to have one,
    A son from her DNA . . . s . . .
    Who believed he would help humanity.
    He swore to treat her wail . . .
    So to let her remise again.
    Honest Ann sighed away, leaving
    ‘‘Her Sun-Her Soul.’’

    Her soul gave birth to a soul that became a real sun,
    Grasping admiration from the seven continents.
    Her grave will always shine
    Through her son’’s reign.

    October 2008

  4. Sylva~MD~poetry said:

    Inauguration Day*

    On a real Winter’’s January Day
    The sun prevails, casting rays.
    Clouds watch these moments;
    Spirits have waited decades.

    Something in the sky has changed.
    Something extraordinary.
    The economy’’s in crisis
    Yet everyone insists on staying happy.

    The population celebrates:
    It is the day they wanted, . . .
    They must exhale
    The accumulated painful memories
    Of centuries past.

    When people ignite their minds
    Nothing is impossible.
    Events are responses
    To actions of the majority.

    It’’s people’’s day, human rights day.
    They reached up to smash the genes of tyranny.
    Optimistic cohorts augmented to teach dark spirits,
    That no-one is born to smile when confronted with slavery.

    Each pregnant mother
    Rears her child in a confined space,
    Then she wants her babbling baby to breathe clean air,
    Rhyming, playing . . . chainless . . .

    Sylva Portoian, MD
    January 20, 2009
    * The poem is the winner of the Carnegie Prize for Poetry, Spring 2009