“What my constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies, our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria, the Turks we’re great friends and I have a great relationship with Erdogan — which I just spent a lot of time with, the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc… What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war what did they do?! They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad! Except that the people who were being supplied were Al-Nusra and Al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

– 47th Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden

The Islamist neo-Ottoman ultra-authoritarian prime minister cum President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is playing a number of hands in “geopolitical canasta” that will, most assuredly, inevitably come to vigorously bite this self-styled sultan in the end. The iron-handed president came in under a very level-headed foreign policy of establishing no problems with any of his neighbors. However, he has since faced the untimely inception of a virulent psychosis — and namely that of a certain and peculiar style of geopoltical uber-adventurism. And no doubt in order to “increase his stock”, at least that is for any of those who would value conquest, as well as the perpetual pursuit of domination and regional hegemony as ostensibly virtuous ends.

On the one hand, at least in rhetoric if not very muscularly backing it up, Erodogan has purported to be a supporter of the Palestinians. The Saudis in contradistinction have, of course, essentially thrown their Arab brethren to the Zionist wolves, and have admitted that the Turks, the Qataris, as well as the Iranians are the only major Middle Eastern powers that do anything at all, however meager, to aid in the resistance of the Palestinian cause. (As a Saudi publication said in August, in a periodical that is a known organ/speaking tube for the licentious, aging and moreover the increasingly decrepit KSA ruling clan.)

Much to the dismay of Obama, as well as other NATO power leaders, Erdogan has been very cautious/trepidatious about rigorously fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS). Something that he is loath to do — although he has for some time wanted Assad gone, in consideration of the possibility of facing a situation that could potentially lead to a Kurdish self-governing, and fully autonomous nation-state/regime. Indeed, the much-trumpeted Yazidis, whose plight was given a fickle spotlight by the verily Attention Deficit Disorder-affected MSM, were actually additionally given short shrift by the US “helper” military after American pilots discovered that it was the Turkish archenemy — and considered terrorist by the Western governments — PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) that was coming to the aid of their Yazidi kin (the Yazidis are Kurdish, Yazidi refers to their religion). And moreover, it is through the porous Turkish border that it has been revealed that ISIS has a virtual freeway in order to shepherd their extremist elements in.

Erdogan has since the inception the Syrian “Arab Spring” given oasis, refuge, and comfort to all manner of barbarian Salafi and Al Qaeda-esque extremists. At one time George W. Bush had threatened Texas-style neoconfederate “justice” against any nation that would harbor this brand of lunatic, but today the NATO ally of Turkey not only harbors such vermin, but it flouts the NATO countries ostensible efforts to rein in this extremist nurturing sin. And so, with all of the players that the West generally opposes against ISIS (Hezbollah, Syria, the Houthis of Yemen, and the Islamic Republic of Iran), and all of those that they are widely considered to be allies with (Turkey, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia) having undertaken at best highly questionable actions, it’s no wonder that there have arisen all manner of “conspiracy theories” about who created ISIS, whose side they are really on, and to what ends that they are genuinely pursuing.

In summation, President Erdogan is certainly more than a daffy joker positioned within this enigmatic cartography indeed. And in fact, Erdogan’s double and triple-dealing make his “card shark” geostrategic sleight-of-hand, hopefully, only number the last days of when the sands of time will inevitably run out on his personal political hourglass. And furthermore, upon his grip in ruling his native Turkey most assuredly as well.