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What Kind of Washington Fools Would Honor Turkey’s Foreign Minister?
Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2010 | Claudia Rosett

Posted on 06/17/2010 1:40:09 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah

Update (June 16th, 2010 10:20 am): A press assistant at the Wilson Center confirmed this morning that what I wrote below is correct. The ceremonial dinner, honoring Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, along with a Turkish business tycoon, is scheduled for Thursday evening, at the Four Seasons, in Istanbul.

What follows is my post originally written Wednesday night:

Turkey’s leaders have made a lot of news lately, and it’s been ugly: holding hands with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blessing the lead role of the terror-linked Turkish IHH foundation in last month’s Gaza terror flotilla, and voting last week against new sanctions on Iran in the United Nations Security Council.

So what’s a prestigious Washington foreign policy think tank to do? It looks like the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is about to bestow an award — yes, you read that right, an award – upon the chief strategist behind Turkey’s increasingly toxic foreign policy, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Unless it’s been called off since Tuesday afternoon — and there is no news of that so far — the Wilson Center plans to present Davutoglu with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service — yes, Public Service — at a dinner ceremony in Turkey this Thursday, June 17th.

This would be revolting enough were the Wilson Center an entirely private foundation. But American taxpayers are forking out for the institution hosting this stunt, whether they know it or not. The Wilson Center was created in 1968 by an act of Congress. As the Center itself details on its website, about one-third of its operating funds every year come from “the U.S. government,” a.k.a. American tax dollars (scroll down to the end of the page in this link).

The rest of the Wilson Center’s money comes from a mix of private and public sources. Top donors listed in the Center’s 2008-2009 annual report include George Soros’s Open Society Institute, the U.S. Agency for International Development (a government agency funded by U.S. tax dollars), the United Nations Development Program (which gets a big chunk of its funding from U.S. tax dollars), the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and such cosmopolitan outfits as the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Mexico, and a Brazilian business conglomerate, Grupo EBX (whose officers were perhaps pleased when Brazil’s President Lula won the Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award last year). For a full roster of the top donors, scroll down to page 57 in this link to the Wilson Center’s annual report.

On Tuesday, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D., NY), chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, sent a letter to the president and director of the Wilson Center, Lee Hamilton, expressing “deep concern and dismay,” and urging Hamilton “to rescind the decision” to present Davutoglu with the Wilson Center’s Public Service Award.

Why? Ackerman put it neatly, noting that “Turkey’s foreign policy under Foreign Minister Davutoglu’s leadership is rife with illegality, irresponsibility and hypocrisy.” In his two-page letter, Ackerman cited, among other things, Turkey’s refusal to recognize the terrorist nature of its new best pal, Hamas; Turkey’s focus on “demonizing the State of Israel,” and Davutoglu’s personal description of the recent flotilla events as Turkey’s 9/11 — a comparison that Ackerman described as so perverse he finds it “sickening.”

Summing up why presenting Davutoglu with an award would be “absolutely inconsistent” with the mission of the Wilson Center, Ackerman wrote: “A foreign leader who represents and defends this kind of foreign policy, one who has championed Turkey’s most odious efforts to deny others the human dignity that Turkey rightly expects for its own people, is not a worthy recipient of the WWC Public Service Award.”

It bears noting that the Woodrow Wilson Center had already made plans for this week’s dinner back in March, when it put out a March 5 press release announcing that Davutoglu, along with a wealthy Turkish businessman, Ferit Sahenk, would receive the Public Service Award on June 17th. That announcement came before the recent open eruption of Turkish foreign-policy perfidies, though in March, under the leadership of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Turkish policies were already badly on tilt. For the Wilson Center, it was a piece of horrible judgment, compounded by spectacularly bad timing. If anyone wants to start handing out medals for Washington’s most idiotic foreign policy awards, this one qualifies. If Lee Hamilton has the wisdom to call it off, there is still time before Thursday’s dinner in Turkey. But not much.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ahmetdavutoglu; brazil; davotaglu; ihh; mexico; turkey; wilsoncenter

1 posted on 06/17/2010 1:40:09 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah

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2 posted on 06/17/2010 1:47:31 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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To: Ooh-Ah

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3 posted on 06/17/2010 1:47:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Ooh-Ah
What Kind of Washington Fools Would Honor Turkey’s Foreign Minister?

Why This One Of Course

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4 posted on 06/17/2010 2:02:41 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Those That Turn Their Swords into Plows Will Plow For Those That Don't.)
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There is a much, much more to the story of the undeserving Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s receiving an award from the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Wilson Center is knee deep in highly questionable corporate cash, and the second link below explains it all.

(And if you did not know, former Cong. Lee Hamilton is director of the taxpayer-funded Wilson Center, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits on its board and approved of the award. The Wilson Center is part of the Smithsonian Institution.)

In the following article, Pres. Wilson’s descendant, Donald Wilson Bush, objects to giving an award to Turkey’s foreign minister (please copy and paste the link if you can’t click it):

http://keghart.com/DWBush_Pawn

Here is a investigative report published several weeks ago about the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Turkish foreign minister (please copy and paste the link if you can’t click it):

http://www.countercurrents.org/boyajian060510.htm

Congress should cut off the Wilson Center’s funding if it does not reform.


5 posted on 06/18/2010 7:56:00 AM PDT by Dave80
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To: Ooh-Ah

Davutoglu—A proponent and developer of the atrocity-filled “new ottomanism” - the NWO of the Muslims...and one that is espoused by the other NWO.

Mein Kamf - number one best seller in turkeyland - whose author was also a proponent of a NWO.


6 posted on 06/20/2010 3:14:20 PM PDT by eleni121
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7 posted on 06/27/2017 8:44:17 PM PDT by piasa
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To: Ooh-Ah

If it ain’t dishonest... it ain’t diplomacy!


8 posted on 06/27/2017 8:53:01 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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