Dec 11, 2014
Ivan wrote, "Being a superpower has its drawbacks. One of them is
being manipulated by smaller countries that know that America wants
to be "Big Man on Campus" in the world, usually giving its
taxpayers only vague "influence" around the globe for all the money
they pour into military power and foreign aid. However,
sophisticated countries usually flatter the musclebound purveyor of
military power, labeling it the "indispensable nation," without
which the world would fall into chaos and ruin. These wily
countries also normally at least make some attempt to justify U.S.
armed intervention into a particular problem in their region in
terms of being required for American security, as well as their
own. In other words, they try to argue that it also would be in the
American interest to solve their problem. But not Turkey.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not known for his humble
governing style, is issuing blunt demands for him to allow the
United States to use the Turkish Incirlik air base to essentially
help defend Turkey from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),
a radical army that has taken over the Sunni parts of neighboring
Iraq and Syria. In fact, Erdogan has gone farther, aiming his
invective against the United States by saying that he was "against
impertinence, recklessness and endless demands" emanating from
"12,000 kilometers away." In the normal world of "diplospeak,"
allies rarely speak to each other in these hostile terms."