Turkey is a member of NATO and for many years was both an ally and good friend of the United States. Unfortunately, that is no longer true ("Turkey criticizes US freeze on Venezuela assets," Web, Aug. 9). In the past Turkey was a victim and constantly afraid of further Russian aggression. As a result, it was a reliable ally in fighting against communist expansion. It helped us significantly during the Korean War. But it betrayed us during the Gulf War, when it reneged on a pledge and forced our military to attack Kuwait only from the south. While our victory was quick, it would have been even faster had Turkey kept its promise.