A thoughtful item here. I do not understand the sudden confrontation with Qatar of all places. This is at least an explanation. What were these folks thinking?
The Deep State has long ago wrested US foreign policy out of the hands of the president. Trump is trying to take it back and they are obviously fighting just this. Their rush to war with Russia is absurd.
He has had to back off a couple of times and they are trying to precipitate their agenda in opposition to him. His opening conversations with Putin who is his natural ally against the Deep state is promising.
It is astonishing really, he has had to defeat the GOP, DNC, and then Hilary. For the past six months he has been forced to clean house top to bottom of socialist holdouts while launching a law enforcement war against pedophilia. Now the Deep state with their allies in the Saudis and in Israel are trying to entangle him in an pro Sunni alliance that cannot end up well.
It seems though that he is going to win..
Paul Craig Roberts
In the event you have noticed the hullabaloo about Qatar and wonder what it is about, it is about Al Jazeera, a news organization, established by the Emir who rules the oil and gas sheikdom on the Persian Gulf. Al Jezeera is far more professional than any news organization in the West. Al Jazeera’s problem is that it covers the actual news and tells the truth. This is unacceptable to the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and to Washington.
At the time of the US invasion of Iraq the Crown Prince of the UAE requested that Washington bomb Al Jazeera so that the Arab world would not be inflamed by truthful reporting of the US attack on Iraq. In April 2003 Al Jazeera’s Baghdad office in Iraq was struck by a US missile, killing one journalist and wounding another. Of course, Washington claimed it was just a mistake. http://www.globalresearch.ca/uae-crown-prince-asked-us-to-bomb-al-jazeera-says-2003-cable/5596718
Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world—$129,700 in 2016—a sum to which American per capita income compares very poorly.
Qatar also hosts the largest US military base in the Mideast. This fact makes the list of demands or else that Saudi Arabia has handed to Qatar perplexing. Essentially, the Saudis accuse Qatar of “supporting terrorism” because the Emir permits Al Jazeera to tell the truth. The second demand on the list is that Qatar close down Al Jazeera.
The Emir is proud of Al Jazeera, and he should be. On the other hand Qatar shares a land border with Saudi Arabia. But the Saudis are bogged down as Washington’s proxie in a war with Yemen. Does Saudi Arabia want a second front? What would Washington’s response be to a Saudi attack on a country that hosts Washington’s largest military base in the Middle East?
Is Qatar to be incorporated into Saudi Arabia? If so, the problem returns of the infidel having military troops in the country that protects the holy shrine of Mecca. What is certain is that Washington is not going to let go of its largest base in the Middle East.
Still, Washington hates Al Jazeera. So, can we expect that Washington will pressure the Emir to comply with the Saudi demand? What if the Emir instead ordered Washington out and installed the Russians, or the Iranians with whom the Emir is on speaking terms? If the Emir could evade the CIA assassination attempts, he could single handedly change the course of history.
Only the corrupt Saudi monarchy and the idiots in Washington could create such an opportunity for a mere Emir. If I were the Emir, I would be on the telephone with Vladimir Putin.