Did you see this latest effort of Obama diplomacy?
While Mitt Romney was hammered for an innocuous remark on Olympic security, our actual president was busy insulting one of our allies. A blogger at Redstate.com says:
When the Obama was on the telephone with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama though it was a good idea to not only be holding a baseball bat but to have a photograph of that event released. Message: I’m tough.
It didn’t go unnoticed in Turkey.
The picture, which was interpreted as vaguely menacing by some critics, caused a stir in Turkey.
‘The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,’ Metin Lutfi Baydar, a lawmaker with Turkey’s main opposition party the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said in a statement.
CHP vice president Umut Oran asked through parliament if Erdogan had seen the picture and if he would take action against ‘an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens.’
For better or worse, Turkey is a key ally in the region. Without Turkey’s cooperation it is difficult to see how we manage the war Obama is trying desperately to lose in Iraq, the war Obama is pretending he wants with Iran, or the festering goat rope in Syria. In fact, it is hard to see any scenario in which humiliating the Turkish Prime Minister is useful.