Words do matter, at some point, whatever the motivation.
The Turkish prime minister, the man who was supposedly Obama’s dear overseas friend, the world leader he had an actual relationship with, the shining light of Muslim democracy, is busy comparing Jews to Nazis.
Very busy. He keeps doing it, in fact.
“You can see what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, surpasses what Hitler did to them,” said Mr Erdogan in his most recent recourse to vicious calumny, during an interview Thursday with CNN. “We do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel.”
The White House is now making it clear that Obama’s relationship with Erdogan has cooled. But just a year ago, during a Rose Garden press conference, it seemed like the Obamas and the Erdogans were planning to vacation together
It is a great pleasure to welcome my friend, Prime Minister Erdogan, back to the White House. This visit is also another opportunity for me to return the extraordinary hospitality that the Prime Minister and the Turkish people showed me on my visit to Turkey four years ago. And that included my visit to the Prime Minister’s beautiful hometown of Istanbul.
This visit reflects the importance that the United States places on our relationship with our ally, Turkey, and I value so much the partnership that I’ve been able to develop with Prime Minister Erdogan . . .
I want to thank you for being here and for being such a strong ally and partner in the region and around the world. I know that Michelle appreciates the opportunity to host Mrs. Erdoğan and your two wonderful daughters this morning.
I’m looking forward to our dinner tonight. And, as always, among the topics where I appreciate your advice is close to our hearts, and that’s how to raise our daughters well. You’re a little ahead of me in terms of their ages.
It’s just another of Obama’s grand misjudgments. This president who supposedly was a man of the world, with roots in the United States and elsewhere too – turns out he understands the world very little.
Whatever his background, his knowledge of foreign cultures is shaped by left wing professors, naive assumptions about the motives of our “partners” overseas, and a moral relativism that posits the United States can’t be much better than other nations.
Too bad he has to learn the truth about the world on the job, if he’s learning it at all.