Gaffney: 'Turkey Is An Ally No More'

Michael W. Chapman | April 18, 2018 | 12:11pm EDT
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President Frank Gaffney.

( -- Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney, in remarks about a new book his organization has published, said, "Turkey is an ally no more" and that Turkish President Recep Erdogan "seeks to become the next Caliph of a neo-Ottoman empire."

"Turkey is an ally no more," said Gaffney in a statement.  "That’s the conclusion of a new book from the Center for Security Policy Press addressing the ominous transformation of a long-time secular Muslim nation and reliable member of NATO into an ever-more Sharia-supremacist, hostile and dangerous state."

Gaffney was the assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy in the Reagan administration and, before that, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy.

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Commenting further on the new book,  Ally No More: Erdogan's New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West, Gaffney said, "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to become the next Caliph of a neo-Ottoman empire. He’s embracing U.S. adversaries like Russia, China and Iran."

"His forces have encircled, blacked out and menaced American troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base," said Gaffney. "And now they are threatening to launch attacks on our special forces units in Syria."

"Furthermore, Erdogan has harshly imprisoned an American Christian named Pastor Andrew Brunson – a microcosmic example of the enmity he has for us infidels and our country," he said. "We must stop pretending Erdogan’s Turkey is a friend."

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Ally No More is a collection of essays about the current situation in Turkey with strategic policy proposals on how to deal with Turkey's actions. Contributors to the book include Dr. Harold Rhode, Ph.D., a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute; Clare M. Lopez, vice president for research & analysis at the Center for Security Policy; Dr. Christopher C. Hull, Ph.D, executive vice president of the Center for Security Policy; Daniel Pipes, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former president of the Middle East Forum; David P. Goldman, economist and essayist for the Asia Times; and Burak Bekdil, a fellow at the Middle East Forum.  

"Few recent geostrategic developments are as fraught as the transformation of Turkey from a reliable, secular and democratic allied nation to one ruled by a hostile, Sharia-supremacist and increasingly despotic regime," said Gaffney. "This book maps out that trajectory and its implications – and offers astute and timely suggestions for how America must respond."

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