Is something new being cooked up in Washington? - MEHMET ACET

Is something new being cooked up in Washington?

You must have watched how U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) at the White House.

He was like a contractor who markets his houses to his customer through model houses as he was showing how many weapons he sold and for what price.

It has all along been known that Trump sees oil-rich Gulf countries as “easy pickings.”

Didn’t he promise to pay the U.S. debt through the Gulf money while he was running his election campaign?

Now he is putting his promises into practice.

However, the problem is not only about “seizing” that money like a loan shark.

There is the “political project” side of the story which makes it necessary to follow it closely in Turkey, too. After Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May, we saw what resulted from that “glowing orb.”

In the process from now on, after the Saudi Prince goes back home, we will test, by watching the possible incidents that we will face, whether the issue is about the “charted press meeting.”

How much does the political project concern Turkey?

The claim that MBS called Turkey, Iran and Qatar a triangle of evil during a closed meeting with reporters during his visit to Egypt was received by Turkey with silence.

We can attribute this silence to the correction that was made by the Saudi Arabian embassy in Ankara saying that “Turkey was not intended there.”

An experienced reporter whom I talked to about these matters had the opinion that despite the denial, those words were really said.

Whether those words were said or not, we know this:

A new project is being worked on to widen the gap between the Arab world and Turkey, not just Iran and Qatar, under the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Those who run those countries with iron fists have set on this path since they are scared that the success stories of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Turkey will be a source of inspiration on the Arab streets.

Of course, everybody knows that Israel and the Israeli lobby in the U.S. are behind this project.

And this is the point which coincides with MBS’s visit to Washington.

The fact that some countries in this coalition explicitly reacted to the early success of the Afrin Operation and this operation being interpreted on Arab channels with sour faces even though it is of almost no concern to them, gives an idea about the course of the matter.

I would like to add one more thing:

I am one of those who think that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) zone project, which was left half-finished thanks to Turkey’s operation in the west of the Euphrates, was produced as a barrier to cut off Turkey’s ties and harmony with the Arab people--- which is the main idea of this project.

This is another reason why the Afrin victory has been received this way by the Arab administrations.

US media adopts the same perspective

We can put the approaches of some columnists in the U.S. press and those who are aware of these plans in the same line.

For example, a tearful piece of Davit Ignatius from the Washington Post, who still bears the traces of the “one minute” slap on his face that he received in Davos nine years ago, was published a few days ago.

In sum, Ignatius was saying that “Turkey captured Afrin, let’s not allow Manbij to fall.”

Here we should look for the reasons of why we should closely follow the results of Saudi Prince’s visit to Washington.

Also, there is the issue that after Rex Tillerson came to Ankara and adopted an attitude to meet Turkey’s demands regarding Syria, he was dismissed in a humiliating way just before this visit.

There is nobody left who did not hear about that this incident being interpreted as the victory of the Gulf lobby in the U.S.

In this case, it is the right time to ask this question:

What else do those lobbies expect from the U.S. foreign policy after Tillerson?

In an article that I read in Foreign Policy magazine a few days ago, as I was searching for the reason why Tillerson was discharged, there was a reason talking about how he “did not recognize the power circles in Washington well enough or was ignoring their effects.”

In the article, the trilateration of Congress, think-tanks and media was listed as the power groups.

What do those who have power in all three of those groups expect from Trump next?

Can Trump, who sent Tillerson to Ankara with the instruction: “We upset the Turks a lot, so go talk to them and we will meet their demands,” maintain this attitude?

Or let me ask the question this way:

Does this attitude reflect the true and sincere side of the U.S. president?

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