Guess who’s coming to dinner? The same guy whose security guards beat up American citizens the last time he was here, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump’s newest dictator BFF.
….Also talked about their Border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics. Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the @WhiteHouse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
Trump is never more cheerful then when he’s going to meet with some tyrant, have you noticed? Axios:
Why it matters: Erdoğan’s visit comes roughly a month after Turkey announced a military incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria, resulting in international outcry and sanctions from the Trump administration. Those sanctions were ultimately lifted after a ceasefire deal that intended to create a “safe zone” along the Turkish border, free of Kurdish forces.
- Erdoğan’s invasion caused a massive bipartisan backlash in Washington, putting his visit in doubt.
- He was also enraged last week when the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Flashback: During Erdoğan’s last visit to the White House in 2017, Turkish security personnel attacked Kurdish protestors in Washington. Fifteen bodyguards were indicted, but charges were later dropped in March 2018 ahead of a meeting between Erdoğan and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Am I the only one who shudders to think what could happen this time, with the United States having abandoned our Kurdish allies? We lost all credibility in the eyes of the world last month, then Trump made us look even more moronic with his thug letter to Erdogan, threatening to destroy the Turkish economy, and now Erdogan’s coming to the White House. Swell. Karl Marx said, “History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
Erdogan has held U.S. citizens hostage, including State Department employees. Then he helped Iran evade sanctions in 2012 and 2014 when Tehran was ramping up it’s nuclear armament work, once again, and Erdogan recently bought S400s from the Russians, but Trump thinks that he and Erdogan are on the same playing field and they’re going to have a talk between two good ole boys — and Trump will win, because he’s the great deal maker. As abysmally stupid as Trump is, nowhere does it manifest more profoundly than in the area of foreign relations. Next week is going to be a zoo — and considering we’re already living inside of a circus, I’m having trouble imagining it, quite frankly. This isn’t going to end well.