Unfortunately, it’s the same thing all over again. History seems to be repeating itself. What started with Jimmy Carter will probably continue with Joe Biden.
Once again we are taking a quick step towards disappointment. Bitterness.
Regardless of the end result – and most likely it will not pass in Congress – I confess that I did not expect it because things were different this time.
We said that Biden knows our issues in depth.
We said that Biden maintains long-term relations with the Greek-American community.
We said that America and Greece have the best relations in memory.
We said that the Greek Prime Minister is as close an ally as they come.
We said that Erdogan committed the greatest infidelities that an ally of America and a member of NATO could make.
We said that Turkey bought S-400 missiles from Russia, endangering U.S. security.
We have said that tens of thousands of Turks are rotting in prisons, either because they are Erdogan’s political opponents or because they are suspected of being his opponents.
We said that in the Russian invasion of Ukraine – a carbon copy of its own invasion of Cyprus – Turkey is trying to be friends with both the victim and the perpetrator. Both with the Russians and with the Ukrainians. No other NATO country pursues this shameless anti-Western policy.
When America and other countries impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs, Erdogan opens the door wide for them.
Constantinople is transformed into a new Moscow. The giant floating palaces of the Russian oligarchs are now anchored in Turkish ports.
Nevertheless, not a day goes by without Turkey, another NATO member, threatening Greece.
Obviously, we believed, the actions of Turkey were among the reasons why the Biden government has kept its distance from Ankara for a year-and-a-half now.
This seems to be over now. Now Biden is opening its arms once again and welcoming back its prodigal son, Turkey, as it has done so many times in the past.
He lays out the carpet for him. He flatters him. He almost begs him to stand by his side.
The evidence for this is now abundant. Most important of all is the State Department’s shift in supporting the sale of F-16s to Turkey, posing an immediate threat to Greece and Cyprus.
The State Department, you may recall, began to “diplomatically” prepare the ground for their support of Turkey’s request.
A few days ago, they left out the diplomatic part.
They openly supported the upgrades, saying it was in the interests of U.S. national defense, global security, trade, in support of Turkey’s role in NATO.
And now the Turkish Foreign Minister has been invited to visit his American counterpart in Washington on May 18.
Without wasting any time, Cavusoglou said: “We will discuss the purchase of F-16s during our meeting.”
And do you know how many they want? 40 new ones and 80 upgrades for the ones they already have.
If this happens, it will be like equipping them and encouraging them to attack Greece.
Is this really President Biden?
I confess that all this worries me deeply. I understand the geostrategic importance of Turkey. The fact that it is a country of 80 million people, a good market for American products.
But what good are they when you cannot trust them?
What good are they when they ‘sell you out’ from one moment to the next?
But now, however, unlike some cases in the past, the relations of the Greek Prime Minister with America are excellent and the support of the Greek people for America is at its highest point ever and the military facilities provided by Greece are among the most important anywhere in the world.
So why is this happening?
Beware, I do not think things would have been better if Trump had been re-elected. It would have been worse. Maybe much worse.
But I confess that I did not expect this from Biden.