David Ignatius, The Washington Post | June 8, 2012
President Obama has invested much time and effort to cultivate a friendship with the prime minister of Turkey and it's beginning to pay off. ++ Turkey’s preeminence in the region, although apparent today, was less so in 2009. ++ Obama impressed Ankara when he argued for Turkish membership in the EU, while Turkey installed a US missile defense radar system. ++ Despite a few minor hiccups, there has been mutual trust between both sides – Obama’s administration should appreciate its alliance, which is something of a trump card.