Friday, July 14, 2017

Qatar? Meh

[Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson is back in the United States after a shuttle diplomacy tour to resolve the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. He based his visit in Kuwait, which is also acting as a mediator, but shuttled between Doha and Riyadh for four days without reaching a breakthrough.


The US president also discussed the dispute on Friday in a call from Air Force One with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, whose country is one of four Arab nations boycotting Qatar over its support for terrorism.


The call comes after Mr Trump's interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) aired on Thursday, in which he was asked about the impact on the US military installation in Qatar. Al Udeid airbase hosts more than 11,000 US troops and has been publicly operational since 2002. “If we ever had to leave, we would have 10 countries willing to build us another one, believe me, and they will pay for it,” Mr Trump said in his first remarks about the base since the dispute started.

  The National
I'm getting pretty sick of the way he talks and his insistence that everybody else is going to pay for whatever he wants. That's been his business model all his life, it seems. He's a lousy, and piggish businessman. He's not - and could never be - a president.

At this point, I don't think he should count on other countries willing to do anything for us.  But, which ten countries in the same region as Qatar - which is the fucking point - who will build that base?


...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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