Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, in a January 2010 cable, offered his suggestions as to how the United States should respond to Ankara’s movement away from its traditional Western orientation.
In this private State Department communication, later disclosed by Wikileaks, he argued: “This calls for a more issue-by-issue approach, and recognition that Turkey will often go its own way.”
Ambassador Jeffrey’s recommendation begs the questions: Why the double standard?
More precisely: Why is the State Department willing to respect Turkey’s right to go its own way, yet so unwilling to stand up to Turkey’s “gag rule” on U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide?