Listening to sycophants around him, the Turkish president must indeed believe that the United States deeply regrets its decision to suspend visa services in Turkey, a critical ally that it needs badly, and is now desperately looking for face-saving ways to reverse it. It is time for someone to start speaking the truth to Erdogan.
Turkey’s flourishing relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government (K.R.G.) has been one bright spot in Ankara’s troubled foreign policy record in the last few years. Now Turkey is threatening economic sanctions and military action against the K.R.G. over Erbil’s decision to hold an independence vote.