Despite its latest information leaks revealing the presence of US forces to its Jihadist allies, it remains a member of NATO. The question is for how long.
Turkey has made progress in plans to procure an S-400 missile defense system from Russia and signatures have been signed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.That would give Turkey something else in common with Iran.
"Steps have been taken and signatures signed with Russia concerning the S-400s. Allah willing we will see the S-400s in our country," Erdogan told lawmakers from his ruling AK Party at a party meeting in parliament.
Why would a NATO member want the S-400? Why, for that matter, does Turkey need it all? Whom is it expecting a possible attack from. Iran wanted Russian air defense systems to ward off an attempt to take out its nuclear weapons program by either America or Israel. Turkey isn't seriously expecting a strike by Israel. That leaves America or some European countries. The latter is also less likely.
The S-400 won't integrate into NATO so Turkey isn't counting on long-term membership. Erdogan may announce a departure from NATO. Even if he doesn't, he's making it clear that he views potential enemies as being either in NATO or American allies, whether it's Israel or America. But the most obvious message here is to the United States. And the message has multiple levels.
Erdogan is telegraphing that he's going to begin moving Turkey into territory that would involve the risk of an air strike. That will mean an intensification of the current tyranny. It will mean increasing backing for Islamic terrorists. And possibly, WMD programs.
Those Hillary high fives with Erdogan's minion really look good now. And Obama's lectures about how Turkey ought to be a model for moderate Islamic rule even better.