The most pressing concern for many Turkish citizens is not whether a presidential republic would be the final step in destroying Turkey’s embattled democratic order. Instead, many no doubt voted “yes” hoping that there was some truth to Erdogan’s argument that passage of the referendum was an essential first step to bring peace back to their neighborhoods.
It is fewer than 100 days into his term, and Trump is learning. Assad has gone from someone “better than the kind of people that we’re supposed to be backing” to “an animal.” And Putin’s intervention in Syria went from a welcome development in the fight against ISIS to “if Russia didn’t go in and back this animal, you wouldn’t have a problem right now.”
The suggestion that it is hypocritical to support President Trump’s Syria strike today while having opposed President Obama’s fecklessness in 2013 is patently absurd. Obama’s inaction emboldened our enemies, weakened our security, and made the United States the world’s laughingstock. Trump’s action did the opposite.