Foreign Policy

We’re Selling Weapons to Qatar Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's only been a week since Trump pointed a finger directly at the nation of Qatar and said "look," they're "funding radical ideology." The blockade of Qatar could be the "beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism" Trump said in a series of unhinged Tweets. Trump also took credit for the isolation of Qatar, even as the State Department called for ending it.

Fast forward to this week, and we've finalized the sale of three dozen fighter jets (F-15s) that will be delivered to Qatar.

Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his U.S. counterpart, Jim Mattis, completed the $12 billion agreement on Wednesday in Washington, according to the Pentagon.

The sale “will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

Unlike Trump's fake weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, it appears this one actually exists. And you might say that makes this even more awkward.

Trump sided with Saudi Arabia against Qatar, but we're selling weapons to Qatar, not Saudi Arabia. The deal with Qatar was also approved last year by the Obama administration which Trump accused of blundering the fight against terrorism.

Both our allies and enemies probably shouldn't take anything Trump says at face value.

  • Aynwrong

    What I’m guessing a meeting of Trump’s *ahem* “advisors” must look like.

  • Badgerite

    Idiot-in-Chief. Assuming he was actually elected, which I don’t anymore.

  • muselet

    The Qataris may have told the US, “Complete the F-15 deal or we’ll kick you out of al Udeid Air Base.”

    That’s not a risk James Mattis would want to take.

    Unfortunately, finalizing this weapons deal keeps the US in the middle of the squabble between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where we’ve been since Donald Trump began parroting the Saudi line about Qatar supporting terrorism.

    Our allies and enemies are watching the antics of this administration with gape-mouthed astonishment. Just like the rest of us.


    • Scopedog

      Meanwhile, H.A. Goodman is still blaming Hillary Clinton…..