Ironically, as written about two days before the ‘coup’, this could be the icing on the cake for Turkey’s swing towards America’s enemies. It wants out of NATO and is engineering crisis as a means to an end. It’s not to say that the coup was an ‘inside job’, because we don’t know 100% for sure, but what it’s doing in the aftermath brings us to the logical conclusion that it has very little (if none) respect for any Western nations. It wants to align itself with the Russian-Chinese-Iranian axis.
Turkey is also kissing up to the Assad regime in Syria, which has a mutual defense pact with Iran. If you befriend one, you get both. And as we now know, Iran is supporting everything Turkey’s megalomaniac leader is doing to consolidate power in the ‘coup’ aftermath.
Ever since Turkey joined Nato in 1952, its membership has been viewed as a vital bulwark in the defence of Europe against threats emanating from Russia and the Arab world.
During the Cold War, the fact that American bombers could be flying over the former Soviet Union within an hour of take-off from their Turkish bases meant the other alliance members were unswerving in the commitment to keep Turkey in Nato.