Twitter followers school the president on the difference between a coup and a constitutional process.
The president sees "bad apples" scheming an "overthrow." But don't worry, he told the NRA convention: "I didn't need a gun for that one."
"We are watching a president, whose back is to the wall," trying to grab a "get-out-of-jail pass," the Watergate journalist says.
Trump's National Security Adviser Changed His Mind About Turkey Coup Attempt After His Firm Got Involved
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said in July that the military's attempt to overthrow the government was "worth clapping for." Now he calls Turkey an ally.
On July 15, Turkey was no longer a democracy to be saved. True, it would even be worse if the military successfully took over the government. The failure of the military on July 15 was a welcoming development for Turkish civilian politics, a historic one. But it was far from saving the Turkish democracy, which did not exist on July 15 anyway.
All things considered, Turkey's economy is not at a breaking point. Annual growth between 3 and 4 percent may underwhelm, but emerging market GDP expansion is down across the globe: Mexico, Brazil and South Africa would be very pleased with Turkey's growth projections.
Turkey's dubious evolution should remind Americans how hard it is for U.S. officials to play social engineers to the world. Instead of constantly meddling in hopes of "fixing" other nations, Washington should step back when its interests are not vitally affected.
"Democracy is like a train," claimed Istanbul's 40-something mayor, "when you reach your destination, you get off." It was the mid-1990's, and that mayor was Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Will the victory over the tanks draw Turkey in a new cycle of violence and authoritarianism? Or will it become the wakeup call the moderate forces of his party who were marginalized needed, to restore Erdogan, who confirmed his great strength and his weakness, to a sensible route?
Should Turkey reinstate capital punishment and try coup plotters en masse, Turkey’s transition to authoritarianism will be complete.