"More importantly, if this current Trend continues, this will no longer just be a pivot by Erdogan; it will be a massive drift by the Turkish public as well," he said. "Erdogan is basically reorienting the Turkish public away from NATO and really provoking radical anti-American sentiment across the political spectrum."
"What's the best defense? It's spinning an embarrassing sanctions-busting case into a global conspiracy," said Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "And what's the best conspiracy theory that would sell at home? It's that this is a Gulenist conspiracy."