Did he actually say that? It does make a change to the normal respresentation of him as being rabidly anti-German. Not to mention somewhat less diplomatic.Yup.
I was disgusted at my last workplace at the nastiness towards Ukrainians displayed by some of my co-workers. Some of whom - those Polish co-workers, I mean - having a history of being guest workers in the UK, France or Germany and being abused there.
We hates him too, my Precious, we does!
LG is the one of "granting Silesia to Poland is like giving a clock to a monkey" fame.
Although the more I learn about the Polish 2nd Republic the more I am ready to grudgingly agree that he possibly might have made a good point ...
As long as we don't let you get hold of any gold rings.
On the last point I have read a number of sources that suggests there were detailed negotiations between Berlin and Constantinople over an alliance and any war in which Russia is looking to get battered is going to be attractive to significant elements in the Young Turks. Plus blocking Russian trade through the straits is a big gain for Germany so their likely to work towards that.Japan - definitely neutral or a Russo-French ally.
Interesting point about the Ottomans - in OTL, in October, when the final decision was made - they were looking at France beaten up by Germany and A-H beaten up by Russia and Britain being in the EP.
How much do the stolen battleships figure in this I do not know - I wonder how much of the "they do not matter and Turkey threw its lot with the CP before the battleships were siezed" is whitewashing the bumbling fat drunk with his moment of glory in 1940. Here the battleships should be delivered to the Turks (but you never know with the British Liberal Cabinet of 1914). Would this make them happy?
Not sure what would happen with the two ships being constructed for the Ottomans? Without Britain being in the war they, like the two for Chile might still be completed and passed on to their planned owners. There is one big issue here however. On a naval site a poster I have a lot of respect for said that this could spark another war which would complicate matters.
At the time Greece had naval superiority over Turkey which had been a big factor in the 1st Balkan war. This would of course change drastically with the latter getting two dreadnoughts so apparently Greece had plans for a pre-emptive war before the ships were delivered. This actually included IIRC attacks into eastern Thrace and landings at Smyrna and the Cilicia region - the latter to block the only rail link between Anatolia and its eastern empire. Whether they would actually go ahead with this I don't know as it would be a high risk strategy but they might be that fearful. This could further complicate matters.
The other issue is what happens with the Goben? Without Britain being at war what does it do? Might head for the Adriatic once it stands running low on supply or still go for Constantinople or even try and break out into the Atlantic then around Britain to get home? It's OTL arrival gave a big boost to the pro-German camp - albeit that did seem well on top already. Plus it sped up the Turkish entry by its attacks on Russian Black sea ports, without Turkish approaval, at least according to some sources. They had been intending to join the war but a few months later when they were more prepared - and possibly in TTL when they have the two BBs Britain was building for them. So if Goben doesn't head that far east there could be some butterflies there.