Conditions are not the same as in the 1990s. So, I don’t think that the change in Turkey’s relations with Israel was a big surprise for the United States. American leadership will rather want to know how long the decline will last.
The first wave of excitement after Barack Obama was elected president is long gone.
With Beijing’s growing military and economic influence in the region, Washington sees itself in a strategically disadvantaged position by not paying close attention to Asia.
Consequently, the same American leaders should come to the conclusion that, even if the reasons behind invading Afghanistan sounded right at the time, after eight years, amid new technology and a rapidly changing world, fighting with extreme factions chest-to-chest in other countries does not cut it. It neither brings security to the homeland nor marginalizes extremist ideas.