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Obama's Erdogan predicament

Eighty-four influential Americans, including former senior US government officials, have written to US President Barack Obama, urging him to speak out against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-democratic practices.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)   - RTXZPC4

Those paying close attention to Turkey in Washington must be confounded. What are they to understand from a White House statement and a letter written by 84 people, some of them world-renowned, to President Barack Obama about Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey?

Those reading these two texts on the same topic may have problems about how are they to read and interpret them. Not only those living in Washington, but those who are interested in the United States and Turkey and read the two texts via the Internet will also have problems reaching conclusions.

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