So what’s the CIA been up to?
Needless to add Ankara and Washington are now on a certified collision course. If there is an Empire of Chaos hidden hand in the coup – no smoking gun yet — that certainly comes from the Beltway neocon/CIA axis, not the lame duck Obama administration. For the moment Erdogan’s leverage only amounts to access to Incirlik. But his paranoia is ballooning; for him Washington is doubly suspicious because they harbor Gulen and support the YPG.
Hell hath no fury as an underestimated Sultan as well. For all his recent geopolitical follies, Erdogan’s simultaneous ballet of reconnecting with Israel and Russia is eminently pragmatic. He knows he needs Russia for the Turkish Stream and to build nuclear plants; and he needs Israeli gas to consolidate Turkey’s role as a key East-West energy crossroads.When we learn, crucially, that Iran supported Turkey’s “brave defense of democracy”, as tweeted by Foreign Minister Zarif, it’s clear how Erdogan, in a mater of only a few weeks, reconfigured the whole regional picture. And that spells out Eurasia integration and Turkey deeply connected to the New Silk Roads – not NATO. No wonder the Beltway – for whom, overwhelmingly, Erdogan is the proverbial “erratic and unreliable ally” — is freaking out. That dream of Turkish colonels under direct CIA orders is over – at least for the foreseeable future.
So what about Europe? Yildirim already said that Turkey might reinstate the death penalty – to be applied to the coup plotters. This means, in essence, bye bye EU. And bye bye to the European Parliament approving visa-free travel for Turks visiting Europe. Erdogan after all already got what he wanted from chancellor Merkel; those 6 billion euros to contain the refugee crisis that he essentially unleashed. Merkel bet the farm on Erdogan. Now she’s talking to herself – while the Sultan is able to dial God on Face Time.
Failed coup in Turkey – a few initial thoughts/ Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan (Pepe Escpbar on Turkey coup)
[Editor’s note: It would appear that Erdogan has done an about face. No longer a stooge of NATO, no longer looking towards the EU for its future, but instead looking east towards the Silk Road project. In which case the previously planned caliphate restoring what was once the Ottoman empire [sans the planned “Greater Israel”] has been abandoned for a more democratic future involving co-operation between independent Nation Sates of the Middle east, including Syria and Iran. Recent talks between Erodogan and Russia and new deals between Erdogan and Syria appear to be a complete turnaround from what has been dominating the Middle East since 2011 with the rise of the Wahhabi Daesh, centred in Saudi Arabia. With Aleppo about to fall and Assad stating that this fall would…
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