It’s bad enough that Turkish President Erdogan only agreed to give the United States a 120 hour delay before resuming murdering the Kurds. It’s even worse that Turkey then resumed its attacks on the Kurds after less than 24 hours. Now, to add insult to injury, Erdogan is vowing to get some kind of revenge on Donald Trump for having dared to send him such an insulting letter.
By now you’ve surely seen Donald Trump’s letter to Erdogan, dated October 9th and released to the public yesterday. Trump sounded like a third grader while alternately begging Erdogan to like him and making threats about “destroying” Turkey. Trump infamously ended the letter by saying “Don’t be a tough guy! Don’t be a fool.” It turns out Erdogan predictably didn’t like this too much.
Erdogan just held a press conference, and according to the BBC, he complained that Donald Trump’s letter was out of line, and that he won’t forget Trump’s lack of respect. Here’s the money quote from Erdogan: “When the time comes necessary steps will be taken.” Wait a minute, what?
The President of Turkey isn’t just stomping all over the United States in Syria. He’s also vowing unspecified revenge against the President of the United States at some point in the future. It’s probably just empty rhetoric, but Erdogan still clearly feels that he can get away with saying something like this. We’ve reached the point where a comparatively small NATO ally is openly threatening Donald Trump, because Trump is just that much of a feckless weakling. It’s the latest sign that the United States will remain a punchline on the world stage until Trump is replaced with a real President.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report