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Turkey: America's Disloyal and Unreliable Ally

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  Turkey: America's disloyal and unreliable ally Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is correct. Turkey's behavior is both "erratic" and "irresponsible," and Washington must reassess its relationship with Ankara. However, there are other equally important reasons that require the United States to re-evaluate its policies towards Turkey. There is an abundance of evidence showing that Turkey has been both a disloyal and an unreliable US ally and that Ankara and its US-paid agents have made overinflated assumptions about Turkey's strategic value to the United States (Gene Rossides, ed., 2011; Gene Rossides, 2014).Following are some examples of Turkey's unreliability as a US and western ally:During World War I, the Ottoman Turks fought against the United States and its allies. Despite their professed neutrality, the Turks continued to supply the Nazis with chromium ore that enabled Nazi Germany to prolong World War II for several months and cause more deaths and suffering. The Turks allowed German warships to pass through the Straits, and they continued to cooperate with Germany's secret services. During the cold war, the Turks collaborated with the Soviet Union. Moscow paid them very well for their collaboration. Between 1967 and 1979, the Soviet Union gave the Turks 650 million dollars (Ekavi Athanassopoulou, 2014). Turkey was the largest recipient of Soviet aid outside the Soviet block. The Turks refused to help the United States in its war against Iraq in 2003, voted against sanctions on Iran by the UN Security Council and continuously attacked Israel, an important US ally and friend. Apart from attacking Israel, the Turks displayed aggression towards another US ally and friend, Greece. Turkey's hostility towards Greece continues to this day based on Ankara's outrageous claims to Greek islands in the Aegean. The United States does not need to be a friend to Turkey nor does it need Turkey's help to carry out its military objectives or to protect its interests. Washinton has proven many times that it has both the strength and capacity to achieve these goals alone. The most- recent example is the American victory in the 2003 war against Iraq. Besides, the United States can count on friends like Cyprus, Israel, and Greece to help it in defending and protecting its economic and security interests in the eastern Mediterranean.It is not a secret that US-agents and lobbyist paid by Turkey have underestimated America's capabilities and exaggerated Turkey's strategic importance to the United States. The government in Ankara "has consistently lavished millions each year on-well connected Washington lobbying firms," reveals Luke Rosiak (Sept. 2009). Turkey is one of "The Top Players in Foreign Agent Lobbying," indicates a study authored by writers from ProPublica and the Sunlight Foundation (Aug. 2009)."The reality is that Turkey is of limited value to US security interests," writes Gene Rossides (2014), who served both in the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations. Turkey does have some "limited value to US security interests," but what benefit does the US get out of this when Turkey is disloyal, unreliable and rarely on the side of the United States and its allies?
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