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In the military staff are persons working for foreign intelligence. From a well-informed personal account (NATO employee and former Turkey military) told me the division was between CIA and FSB. I'm sure this can be extended to Turkey and Israeli intelligence.

Same is true for interests in the Ukraine where all four states have a crucial role to play. In the Soviet frontline states, the FSB is entrenched and has a fair role to play. The outsider US can spend money and influence through NGOs, but will always be handicapped beyond SIGINT

. The loss of the Afghanistan foothold is lasting for decades in Central Asia.

Policy of encirclement of the first Cold War (Baghdad Pact and CENTO) is likely the only means for the Five Eyes Nations today, except the periphery has massively increased. AUKUS is a logical step and there is no role for the EU in these acts but as bystander.

The feud between Iran and Israel has almost become a domestic Middle East affair for those nations, not a topic for the World stage. The play is for Asia and Central Asia ... the 5 Eyes won't give up easily ... Taiwan next?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 12:51:53 PM EST

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