Obama’s statecraft has elevated two men, Netanyahu and Erdogan. This is a couple weeks after Erdogan said smartly that Israel is the west’s spoiled child, and about ten years after Aaron David Miller said we acted as Israel’s lawyer at Camp David. Is our complete collapse ever a story in the western press? Turkish outlet Hurriyet:
The Turkish foreign minister said Obama had phoned [Turkish PM] Erdoğan 11 times during the last nine months and a brief encounter took place during one of their conversations, when Obama complained about Turkey’s role in Iran’s uranium swap deal, asking why Erdoğan protected Iran.
Erdoğan denied Obama’s claims, [FM Ahmet] Davutoğlu said, and responded, “I do not protect Iran, but you [the United States] act as Israel’s lawyer.”