By Griffen Smith | QATAR
On the morning of June 15th, 2017, the United States agreed to sell Qatar 12 billion dollars worth of F-15 fighter jets.
The Gulf state nation has accused of “terrorism and extremism” by Saudi Arabia just over a week ago. Furthermore, the Saudis and other neighboring states have cut off relations with Qatar. The following nations have cut off all diplomatic relationships with Qatar: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, The UAE, The Maldives, and Bahrain. The current situation is made worse by the 100 billion dollars in arms sold to Saudi Arabia by the United States within the week. As Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stated, “We are fueling an arms race in the Middle East.”
To complicate the situation, Donald Trump just days ago said Qatar is a “funder of terrorism.” Qatar, ironically, is home to one of the largest U.S. military bases in the Middle East, Al-Udeid. The base is home to tens of thousands US troops and is one of the crucial centers of U.S. military presence in the fight against the Islamic State.