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Libya and Empty Promises

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04.08.2020

US President Donald Trump’s gyrating foreign policy has just set the stage for another catastrophe in the eastern Mediterranean region. America’s waning influence on the world stage comes at the most inopportune time. When regional powers flex their muscles like Turkey is trying to, no good will come for a world of people already stressed to the limit over pandemics and civil strife. Just when America should be a guiding lite for peaceful negotiations, internal forces seem to be obliterating such a legacy. Our policy is in the toilet, here’s the latest proof.

According to sources, President Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan have come to terms on how Libya should be run. More importantly, the US leader seems to have given the green light for Turkey to step up military and geopolitical influence across the region. Here on the island of Crete, in the flight path of Turkish jets, the Greeks are not happy. Recent threats by Erdogan have the Greek armed forces on high alert. And NATO’s bulwark Greece is expecting Trump’s support?

The mixed signals from Trump’s administration show the downward spiral of US influence in the world, and most of all, my country’s expanding lack of credibility. In early July Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer told the world Washington is deeply concerned over Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Palmer had this to say on the Turkey-Greece frictions:

“We were clear about our expectations in our private and public messages, about how we would all expect........

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