If the US reacts with even more anger, Turkey could threaten to withdraw from NATO and kick the US out of its highly strategic air base in southeast Turkey at Incirlik.
Has Trump convinced himself that the Administration’s wider bluster is actually winning: Making America Great Again? On this question, hangs our joint futures.
Erdogan is skilfully – and strategically – using Khashoggi ‘leaks’ dribbled out in the media. He is using them to exit from the threat of project to plunge Turkey into a quagmire of encirclement.
If the crown prince does survive then he is likely to be much more under US influence and less likely to act independently than in the past. For the moment, he will be watching the news from Ankara and living from leak to leak.