Two years later, when a group of mid-level military and law enforcement officers tried to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power, Western leaders rallied behind him, citing democracy and the rule of law as the reason.
This should not come as a surprise, MacDonald argued, since "Western foreign policy has very little to do with spreading freedom and emancipation around the globe. Rather it's about protecting the interests of America and its close allies."
It appears to be so. Yanukovich chose to promote ties with Russia at a time when the West was trying to strengthen its influence in post-Soviet states through greater ties with the European Union and NATO. For his part, Erdogan has long sought to develop a special relationship with the US, something the Bush and the Obama administrations welcomed.
In other words, the West needed a more cooperative Kiev and wanted no change in Ankara.
"The American and EU elite has badly exposed itself and it's now time to do away with the charade of 'democracy promotion.' The double-dealing has finally gone too far. As it wasn't already obvious when the cruel totalitarian rulers of Saudi Arabia are greeted as friends but elected leaders like Vladimir Putin and Dilma Rousseff are constantly vilified," MacDonald observed.