Culprit of the Greatest Crime Since the Holocaust Confesses | Main | Daily Show Tries to Intimidate Cameraman From Filming Them as They Film Others
July 20, 2016

A Little Background And Commentary From Daniel Pipes On Erdoğan And The Failed Coup [CBD]

Remember Daniel Pipes? He is the guy who thinks that ISIS will self-destruct from internal pressures within the year. I have my doubts about that, judging from the the pathetic response to its provocations (read: savage murders) in Europe and here at home. If we don't exert significant pressure on them externally, they have the leisure time to fix what ails them internally.

But the guy knows the Arab and Muslim world better than most, so for background information he is a very worthwhile source. Interestingly, he publicly rooted for the success of the coup, unlike the testicle-free leaders of the free world.



He makes three points to bolster his argument for deposing a "democratically elected" president of a putative ally (NATO!).

  • Erdoğan stole the election.
  • Erdoğan rules despotically.
  • Military intervention has previously worked in Turkey.
Turkey is the country where military coups d'état have had the most positive effect. In all four of the modern coups (1960, 1971, 1980, 1997), the general staff has shown a disciplined understanding of its role -- to right the ship of state and then get out of its way. Their ruling interludes lasted, respectively, five years, two and a half years, three years, and zero years.

Turkey would benefit now from a spell of military readjustment, ending Erdoğan's increasingly rogue rule, even if that meant replacing him with more reasonable Islamist figures from his own party, such as Abdallah Gül or Ali Babacan.

Pipes also thinks that Erdoğan will be eventually thrown out. I don't see him overstepping with the West. We are simply too weak and chaotically unfocused on the real fight to do much about him. Russia is another story. Putin knows very well that he can act with impunity, so Turkey must tread lightly, or the Russian bear, old and slow and arthritic as it is, might just decide to snack on some Turkish delights.

digg this
posted by Open Blogger at 02:20 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Harmon Ne: "How much do cats kill? Not nearly enough. Stil ..."

DaveA[/i][/b][/u][/s]: "Actually they poke prey to see if it's dead (doesn ..."

Deplorable Jay Guevara [/i][/b][/s]: "[i]49 I have a cat Lucy who is a hunter. We just f ..."

Blake: "Now what can I sign you up? Hot tar, feathers, lam ..."

IC: "kitty really wants to eat the bird but doesn't wan ..."

sulla: "So Steve Martin is raaaaacissss but the Bangles ge ..."

Miklos Molnar: "Have Sylvester and Tweetie heard about the casting ..."

Grump928(C): "[i]How much do cats actually kill???[/i] All th ..."

sniffybigtoe: "Why does work make it so I can't see the cat? ..."

Barack Obama is a bad, bad man: "The bird entrapped the kitty.  She wore no cl ..."

Max Power [/i] [/b]: ">>>Now, to tell the others Posted by: Your Decide ..."

fixerupper: " http://tinyurl.com/8hzb3za How much do cats a ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64