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How Washington Got Turkey's Dictator So Wrong

Erdogan's crackdown on dissidents and academics is not a surprise, but it is a disappointment.
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The West had high hopes for Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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When Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Washington this week, it will be an opportunity for President Barack Obama, as well as most of the Washington foreign policy establishment, to ponder how they so misread a man they had touted only a few years ago as a great reformer.

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