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  •  bring the Ottoman Empire back? (0+ / 0-)

    The Turks have been our allies since way back; they never liked Russia (the reason they joined Germany in WWI), so they were eager to join NATO and generally help us out in that part of the world.  In the evil parallel universe, Bearded Obama would use our no doubt extensive contacts with the Turkish military - secular, old-school nationalists - to send a message: get rid of Erdogan and his Islamist buddies, commit to playing nice with Israel, and we'll use our big shiny air force to help them conquer everything between Egypt and Iran.

    We'd have strong, loyal allies in charge of the world's gas station.  The Ottomans let every ethnic and religious group be self-governing internally - no more Wilsonian nation-state nonsense with every tribe fighting to make sure they're the majority - while they imposed a hands-off "Pay your taxes and don't kill each other ... or else" imperial system monopolized by the Ottoman Turk elite.

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    by Visceral on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:42:36 AM PDT

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