It was not that long ago when Turkey was considered a model of democracy for the Middle East
. You see, based on the 1982 Constitution, it is a democratic, secular, parliamentary republic.
Now the United States seems ready to walk away from its fine words about helping the Iraqis create a beacon of freedom, harmony and democracy for the Middle East
. All that remains to be seen is whether the White House has become so desperate for an excuse to declare victory that it will settle for an Iranian-style Shiite theocracy."