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    Obama arrives in Turkey, attaches great strategic importance to Turkey

    Obama’s decision to pay one of his early foreign visits to Turkey has been deemed symbolic and strategic as many political observers view the visit as an indication of the importance the new U.S. administration attaches to Turkey and Obama’s good will to improve dialogue with Turkey. In his two-day visit, Obama will also meet today with Deniz Baykal of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, then Devlet Bahçeli of the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, followed by Ahmet Türk of the Democratic Society Party, or DTP. He will meet with each leader for five minutes.
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    Re: Obama arrives in Turkey, attaches great strategic importance to Turkey

    I think it's great what he's doing. We should recognize the strategic importance of Turkey and do our best to build a strong and lasting alliance between our nations. Don't think Russia doesn't recognize Turkey's strategic value.
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    Re: Obama arrives in Turkey, attaches great strategic importance to Turkey

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    I think it's great what he's doing. We should recognize the strategic importance of Turkey and do our best to build a strong and lasting alliance between our nations. Don't think Russia doesn't recognize Turkey's strategic value.
    During the cold war they did, but then the Turks joined NATO and recieved a one trillion dollar overhaul of its military from the US which was weak at the time after the war of independance.
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    Re: Obama arrives in Turkey, attaches great strategic importance to Turkey

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    During the cold war they did, but then the Turks joined NATO and recieved a one trillion dollar overhaul of its military from the US which was weak at the time after the war of independance.
    I know Turkey is our ally. I should have said stronger alliance. Turkey is in a very unique position to be of great assistance to the U.S. in influencing the geopolitical situation in the region. Obviously their military profile combined with their predominantly Muslim population make them a key ally of the U.S. Maintaining a strong political relationship and military alliance with Turkey can go a long way towards keeping Russia in check in the future.
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