Yeah. that’s not good.
Courtesy of NYT:
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than control over a wide swath of Syria along his country’s border. He says he wants the Bomb.
In the weeks leading up to his order to launch the military across the border to clear Kurdish areas, Mr. Erdogan made no secret of his larger ambition. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads,” he told a meeting of his governing party in September. But the West insists “we can’t have them,” he said. “This, I cannot accept.”
With Turkey now in open confrontation with its NATO allies, having gambled and won a bet that it could conduct a military incursion into Syria and get away with it, Mr. Erdogan’s threat takes on new meaning. If the United States could not prevent the Turkish leader from routing its Kurdish allies, how can it stop him from building a nuclear weapon or following Iran in gathering the technology to do so?
“The Turks have said for years that they will follow what Iran does,” said John J. Hamre, a former deputy secretary of defense who now runs the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “But this time is different. Erdogan has just facilitated America’s retreat from the region.”
In other words, Trump may have helped to create a power craving monster who is unresponsive to diplomatic intervention or threats from western nations.
Much like Kim Jong Un who parlayed his seeming dominance over a US president into increased power and influence in Asia, Erdogan now finds himself in a similar situation where he can flex his muscles and bully his way into gaining access to weaponry that will make him a truly terrifying figure in the Middle East.
Donald Trump’s bumbling incompetence may have just created a serious problem that future presidents will have to spend decades trying to contain.