Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is very upset at the United States of America because the US ambassador to his nation raised questions as to why Turkish generals were in prison rather than fighting terrorists. Erdogan informed the American government that “Turkey is not anybody’s scapegoat” and we don’t meddle into your terrorist activities so why are you pestering us about the fact we send to prison hundreds of Kurds and other terrorists. I have a hunch he did not get into issues of how terrorists are handled by either nation.
My problem with Ambassador Ricciandone’s comments is that he directed the wrong question as to who is in jail. Dozens of Turkish journalists are in prison for expressing their views. Turkey is now among the leading nations of the world which denies freedom of the press to its own journalists.