While Turkey’s President dreams big power dreams, Putin plays Erdogan like a fiddle.
Ultimately, Erdogan might end up losing Istanbul again. And botch yet another opportunity to normalize relations with the Kurds.
Losing Ankara and Istanbul is a significant defeat for Turkey’s President.
Turkey’s President is eager to stand side-by-side with Russia, China, and Iran in Venezuela.
Erdogan is a pragmatist, and will likely be looking to maximize both diplomatic and monetary rewards for the evidence he possesses, real or presumed.
Turkey’s anger over possible Saudi role in Khashoggi disappearance rings hollow.
Additional designations of Erdogan’s cronies would hurt the Turkish strongman’s warchest.
Turkey’s June 24 elections and the likely runoff will be determined by the opposition’s ability to stop Erdogan’s rigging attempts.
Only a strong and coordinated response can deter the Turkish president from continuing to use Western nationals as pawns to advance his political agenda.