NYT: "A huge crowd that appeared to number in the hundreds of thousands gathered in central Istanbul today to protest against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and what they said was his agenda to move Turkey away from the country’s secular legacy."
It's been our vital ally for decades.
France-bashing was popular a few years ago, but the Turks' refusal to cooperate with our invasion of Iraq was more damaging to the effort than anything the French did -- and a sign that we lacked the support we needed to start the war.
Turkish concern over an independent Kurdistan makes all the talk about dividing up Iraq too simplistic.
Look for a paragraph in tomorrow's N&R.