American's have our political and religious differences, but we respect the opposition. We beat each other up, in the marketplace of ideas. But we don't accept outright hatred as a part of the process. We don't create institutional policies that codify the elimination of opposing parties or religious groups. America is married to diversity.
Suppressing opposition is something done in other countries where respect for human liberty is virtually non-existent; where death is glamorized as an act of religious faith; where tolerance for other religions is considered a crime; where victimization is taught as religious doctrine.
That is what they do in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Now Turkey is at a turning point, and we should get a divorce. At least from the duplicitous regime of Recep Erdogan anyway. Erdogan is an anti semite and a closet Islamic radical who plays us for financial and military support, using Obama's pacifism as a shield to keep himself in power while the Jihadi caliphate is waging war on virtually all of his neighbors. He knows we need Turkey as a strategic partner, so he panders to Obama, while slowly deconstructing the secular democracy in Turkey, morphing it into a Sharia hybrid, using his personally controlled State Police to suppress opposition.
I get nauseated when I see our President cozying up to colossal bigots such as the Prime Minister of Turkey, who has in the past, suggested that the Israeli military actions in Gaza "surpasses Hitler in barbarism."
For all we know, Erdogan secretly promoted a poorly planned coup among some of his opposition in the armed forces, knowing he could wipe them out and establish a 'Martial Law' of sorts, further advancing his goal of implementing strict Islamic code.
America, and our foreign policy, needs a divorce from bigots like Erdogan, on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.