We completed the five-day U.S. visit, which consisted of Washington and New York, with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. I have been writing in this column on the meetings for the last couple of days – those who have been following are aware. However, I would like to share with you a little more about what we saw and felt.
First, there is a group in the U.S. that perceives Turkey through an “Anti- [President Recep] Tayyip Erdoğan” stance. The Red Room meeting held on May 16, 2013 is shown as the start of this attitude. Then U.S. President Barack Obama making an outburst in that meeting saying, “We know what you did. Don’t do it again,” and, as a matter of fact, turning toward Hakan Fidan, the chief of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and telling him, “Our eyes are on you,” is being discussed again in Washington.
With only a couple of weeks left for Reza Zarrab’s trial on Nov. 27, rumors that gives clues to the contents of this meeting are also included in the case file are being discussed in the U.S. capital.
It probably wouldn’t be wrong to say that since the Red Room, Turkey’s efforts to follow an independent foreign policy or, to put it more clearly, to follow a path in accordance with its interests, are not accepted by the U.S.; as a matter of fact, it is perceived as a threat.
Those who follow this column will remember this statement: “It appears that the U.S. wants something from Erdoğan. And because it can’t get it, it is treating Erdoğan as the enemy with every instrument available and attacking him.”
After the visit to the U.S., the picture became a lot clearer for me.
What does the US want?
The U.S. wants something from President Erdoğan that does not overlap with Turkey’s interests. (I will tell you in a bit what I think that thing is.)
And President Erdoğan does not want to give it to the U.S. Hence, the angry U.S. is turning toward Turkey with all its partners, primarily the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). We certainly would not be mistaken to consider the MİT trucks plot, the Dec. 17/25 judicial coup attempt, the July 15 internal invasion and coup attempt within this scope.
All aside, even the Zarrab case that will commence on Nov. 27 alone is a sign of the U.S.’s opposition to Erdoğan and Turkey.
The Zarrab case is an extension of the judicial coup attempt FETÖ tried to realize on Dec. 17/25. The attempt was to topple the legitimate government and its head, Erdoğan, on Dec. 17/25 through the FETÖ members who infiltrated the Turkish legal system and security units. This time, through the Zarrab case, it is wanted that Turkey and Erdoğan pay a price in the international domain through the U.S. legal system.
They want to perpetrate the coup they could not realize in Turkey through FETÖ via the Zarrab case. Because, the evidence FETÖ obtained through illegal and unethical means are being attached to the case. The edited, dubbed, wiretapping tapes are included.
It appears that when the “instruments” failed, the “joker” or the real actor wants to step in.
Because the U.S. wants something from Turkey and President Erdoğan. And as long as it is unable to get what it wants, it continues to relentlessly attack Turkey.
The last statement Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım made on the flight between Washington and New York is extremely important:
“The vice president and I have an important duty to put the good relations between the presidents of both countries into practice.”
It seems that there are moves aimed at ruining the relationship between U.S. President Donald Trump and Erdoğan. And the way to negate these moves is for actors like Prime Minister Yıldırım and Vice President Pence to develop dialogue.
Otherwise, the anti-Turkey group in the U.S. is becoming stronger by the day and this is preventing relations from improving.
What does the U.S. want from Turkey?
Perhaps we can find the answer to this question by looking at where the actor, who the Americans focused on when they said, “We have our eyes on you,” in the Red Room, was active.
What had President Erdoğan said when Hakan Fidan was a potential parliamentary candidate for nomination from the Justice and Development (AK) Party ahead of the June 7 elections?