Reckoning with Turkey’s Transformation

The Middle East is in flames. For years, one of that region’s principal arsonists has been a Turkish Islamist politician by the name of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Yesterday, Turkish voters elected Erdogan to become their next president. That step seems certain to complete the transformation of Turkey from a pro-Western, secular Muslim democracy into a shariah-adherent autocracy, repressive at home and fully aligned with the West’s enemies.

President Obama used to claim that Recep Erdogan was his closest friend among foreign leaders. Now, as the Turks’ long-time prime minister consolidates power as their president, we better be considering how to effect a transformation of our own. The pretense that Turkey is a reliable NATO ally will become untenable, and we are going to have to stop treating it as one.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.