Last Updated: Dec 6, 2010
The US diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks over the past week are riddled with nostalgia for a defunct era. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak suggests the US overthrow Iraq's elected government and find a new dictator; the Israelis want General Pervez Musharraf restored to power in Pakistan; and Saudi Arabia's king is said to want the US to attack Iran.
None of this is going to happen, of course, because the United States of 2010 is not the United States of 2001, much less the Cold War hegemon of yore. The WikiLeaks documents read as dispatches of a great empire chronicling its decline, challenged not only by rivals, but also by those once deemed its satraps.
Nowhere is the shift more evident than in the case of Turkey.