Commentary Magazine


Turkey Disses Obama

How are those Iran sanctions going? Not all that well, this report suggests:

Ankara will continue to permit Turkish companies to sell gasoline to Iran, despite US sanctions against fuel exports to Islamic regime, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

“If the preference of the private sector is to sell these products to Iran, we will help them,” said Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
Tupras, Turkey’s sole oil refiner and gasoline exporter, expressed little fear of retribution from US Treasury officials who have the power to ban sanctions violators from accessing the US banking system or receiving US contracts.

“For us, Iran is more important than America because we get crude oil from them. We don’t get anything from America,” a Tupras official was quoted as saying.

Well that clarifies things. Obama avoids a public confrontation with Turkey over its role in facilitating the terror flotilla. He turns a blind eye toward its human rights abuses and its drift into the Iran-Syria axis. And in return, Turkey undermines his great diplomatic achievement — an international-sanctions regimen. You’d think a man as prickly and as sensitive to affronts as Obama is would not take kindly to this.