Saturday, July 16, 2016

Democracy at any cost

Obama rejects attempted military coup in Turkey

Obama's view was announced in a readout of his call with Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The president and secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. 

"The secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey," the White House statement said.

Kerry, in a statement of his own, said he had spoken to Turkey's foreign minister "and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions." 

NATO took a similar line, with the alliance's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg calling for "full respect" for Turkey’s democratic institutions.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a carefully calibrated statement that called for "calm and respect for laws, institutions, and basic human rights and freedoms," while urging "support for the democratically elected civilian government."

Not sure what else they could have said, but this is the team that handed control of Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, took down Qaddafi in Libya, and is trying to bring down Assad in Syria.

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