Noah Feldman is quite the spin doctor!
“The U.S. needs to start imagining NATO without Turkey. The latest reason is Turkey’s assault against the Syrian Kurds. The same Kurds who, with U.S. training and support, have borne the brunt of the fighting against Islamic State. Turkey is coordinating its attacks with Iran and Russia -- the very countries the North Atlantic Treaty Organization exists to oppose.”
I personally believe the US has envisioned a NATO with a vastly different Turkey still ensconced in the ‘alliance’ for quite some time now.
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly thinks he can contravene U.S. interests without consequence. His insurance policy is the country’s geographical location. Throughout the Cold War, Turkey’s proximity to the Soviet Union made it a great base for NATO troops and missiles”
Not once in this article does the author broach the US backed coup attempt- Nor the years of betrayal inflicted by the US on Turkey. From the time of the Iraq invasion.Imagine that?
“Now Erdogan is engaged in the historic betrayal of American allies who have done the dirty work that no one else in the world wanted to do. Let’s be very clear: Turkey did not send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria”
I covered the most probable reason for that some time ago- and no it’s not because Turkey was allied with ISIS. Most people forget that ISIS committed terror attacks in Turkey. ISIS long ago announcing Turkey as a nation to be taken down! Go back to 2014- More then 3 years ago... Pt2- Kurd/ISIS Symbiosis and the Impending Destabilization of Turkey
As stated very clearly in November 2014:
“Many suspect that Erdogan supports ISIS? But does he?
I mean, yes, support of ISIS could explain why he refused to join the coalition against ISIS?
But, I don't think it does. With all the new information I have come across lately it seems vastly more plausible that Erdogan would not join the fight against ISIS because he knows, as I have written, that the fight against ISIS is a fight to create Kurdistan. And that ISIS is a pretext created by the West specifically for that reason. In other words Turkey is not going to participate in it's own downfall.”
Time has shown my hypothesis to be correct.
- ISIS Kurd Symbiosis ISIS to Conquer Istanbul
- The ISIS Threat To Turkey. It's Serious
- Is Turkey Heading to Partition- 2015
NF:“There’s only one reason Islamic State has now been all but defeated on the ground in Syria: the YPG Kurdish militia.”
Oh Noah Feldman, that’s funny. ..The real reason US backed Islamic State was defeated by US backed Kurds was because they shared the same backer!
“The Kurds know perfectly well -- and have known all along -- that Turkey doesn’t want them to have even a toehold near Turkish border. But they relied on their close alliance with the U.S. to protect them.”
“The U.S. doesn’t want Iraqi Kurdistan to declare independence, but it has accepted and helped sustain the Kurds’ de facto autonomy -- despite many years of opposition by Turkey.”
“Turkey under Erdogan is now moving inexorably closer to Iran and Russia. The Iranians, whose concern about Kurds living within their territory is comparable to the Turks’, are thrilled to see the Kurds being put down.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn’t care less about the Kurds, provided Turkey respects Assad’s questionable sovereignty over Syria. For Putin, the long game is pulling Turkey into the Russian camp of nations that act against U.S. interests with impunity.
It would be nice to look beyond Erdogan to a future Turkish government that better appreciates its relationship with the U.S”
The US has been looking in that direction since 2013...
“All alliances have their natural end. Unless Erdogan stops spitting in Trump’s face, the U.S.-Turkey alliance is heading for its expiration date.”Flashback : US Considers Air Support To Afrin Kurds- 2016
"The US military will look into the possibility of supporting from the air the Afrin Kurds’ advances in northern Syria against Daesh, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters on Wednesday.
"We have not yet taken strikes in support of this group of Afrin Kurds, but it is certainly something to consider."In their fight against ISIS, of course.
Keep that 'consideration' in mind while thinking of what is occurring present day..