The US signed a new deal with Qatar yesterday to sell them $12 billion dollars worth of F-15s, which is on top of the $21 billion dollar deal Obama made with them last year for the same fighter jets:
SACBEE – In Washington, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah met Wednesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and signed a deal for F-15 fighter jets it described as being worth $12 billion.
“Qatar and the United States have solidified their military cooperation by having fought together side by side for many years now in an effort to eradicate terrorism and promote a future of dignity and prosperity,” al-Attiyah said in a statement.
The U.S. military announced a similar $21.1 billion deal in November for 72 F-15QA fighter jets for Qatar in the waning days of the Obama administration. It wasn’t immediately clear if the two deals were one in the same. Qatari officials did not immediately respond to questions Thursday, though a State Department official connected the two sales.
The signing comes as Mattis has offered his support to Qatar in the past. Mattis formerly oversaw the U.S. military’s Central Command, whose forward operating base is at the vast al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. That base serves an important role in managing the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, as well as war in Afghanistan.
The State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal matter publicly, said the sale will take years to complete.
This is problematic on multiple fronts. First, Qatar is a Muslim Brotherhood country that is closely in bed with Iran and a big backer of Hamas.
But just as importantly I believe we are now seeing the new Ottoman Empire that Erdogan wants to create expanding to Qatar. Because of this rift between Qatar and the nations led by Saudi Arabia, Turkey is now sending at least ten thousand troops to Qatar. They are also coming to the rescue of their Gulf state partner financially.
Just to reinforce this point, even the people of Qatar love how Erdogan has come to their rescue. Just look at these stickers they are putting on their cars, windows, etc all over the country:
That’s their Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Erdogan. There are many more pictures like this.
So my point is that I fear what we are giving to Qatar, we are essentially giving to Turkey now.