Senate brakes on Trump do not signal gains for Turkey

Source:Ahval News Date:04Dec2018

Erdoğan has gained as much politically from the Khashoggi case as possible, but now that heinous crime is becoming a deeply regretted tragedy in the past, not a current cause for a strong response. Soon, U.S. senators will return their gaze to Turkey’s poor human rights record, its cozying up to Russia, its supportive attitude towards Iran, its continued detention of dual U.S.-Turkish nationals and Turkish employees of the U.S. diplomatic mission, its unjust arrest and imprisonment, dismissal, or harassment of thousands on suspicion of even the smallest of alleged connection to the coup attempt, its sabre-rattling against Cyprus over eastern Mediterranean hydrocarbon exploration, and its continued animosity towards the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East, Israel.