Judge Ankara by its actions not its words

Almost every single US secretary of state has visited Greece since George Marshall in 1948. Mike Pompeo, however, will not only be the first secretary of state to visit Greece twice, but he will also be the first to travel to Souda Bay, site of the largest US military facility in the Eastern Mediterranean.

His visit, coming just weeks after his first visit to Cyprus, is as much about Turkey as it is Greece. Successive US presidents referred to the relationship between Turkey and the United States as a "special" or "model" partnership. What made that relationship strong was that warm relations between presidents stood upon a broader foundation: military partnership, a strong caucus in the US Congress, effective lobby groups, and a broader civil society partnership.

Today, the Erdogan-Trump relationship may be strong, but the foundation upon which it rests is crumbling....

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