A picture of Turkish president Erdogan is framed by national flags during a demonstration in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather in the German city of Cologne for a demonstration against the failed July 15 coup in Turkey.

Erdogan’s Checkmate: CIA-Backed Coup In Turkey Fails, Upsets Global Chessboard

For Washington, Erdogan has proven to an unreliable ally at best, and a dangerous political manipulator at worst. So, as with so many leaders who came to be seen that way by the US political elites, he had to go.