In response to, Tom Gallagher: EU is naïve about bombastic, Islamist Erdogan, Politically__Incorrect wrote:
From the author of this piece:
Relations between NATO and Turkey should not have been left to Obama to define. This from <http: www.politico.eu=”” article=”” did-barack-obama-get-recep-tayyip-erdogan-wrong-turkey-coup=””/>
‘Soon after his 2008 election, Obama began to court Erdogan, whom he saw as a moderate Muslim democrat who could help him stabilise the MiddleEast. The men spoke constantly in Obama’s first term, exchanging parenting tips and commiserating for 45 minutes after the death of Erdogan’s mother. In a 2011 Time interview Obama named Erdogan, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, as one of the five world leaders with whom he had the strongest bonds.’
Erdogan was brazen enough to try and persuade Obama not to approve the selection of the capable Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO head in 2009 and only appeals from Sarkozy stopped him.