‘The Obama administration must see Turkey under the reign of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it is, not how it used to be, or how Washington wishes it were. It is time for steely-eyed realism about Erdogan. Following are the facts:
Erdogan is authoritarian.
He recently praised “Hitler’s Germany,” mentioning Hitler in the context of his own tenure.
Erdogan blocks independent media.
Presently, 34 journalists are in jail for various charges including “insulting the President.”
ccording to Journalists without Borders, Turkey ranks 149 out of 180 countries on press freedom.’