Last week, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab nations cut off all diplomatic ties with Qatar, a U.S. ally, after President Trump accused the country’s government of supporting terrorists across the Middle East. Qatar has denied the charges, but that wasn’t enough for Saudi Arabia and its Arab partners.
Qatar is the site of the United States’ biggest military base in the region and the launching point of numerous U.S. Air Force bombing missions, but because of Trump’s incendiary remarks, Qatar is currently the target of a multi-country political boycott and blockade in the Middle East. Now, Emirati officials are asking Trump to Remove US airbase from Qatar, The Hill reports.
“We’ve gotten fed up. We’ve had enough,” Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said Tuesday. “The reason action hasn’t been taken against Qatar is because of the air base,” Otaiba said.
“Maybe someone in Congress should have a hearing and just say, you know, ’Should we consider moving it?’”, he added.
Just let that thought sink in for a moment. Qatar hosts largest U.S. military base in Mideast. The forward headquarters of U.S. Central Command and the staging area for much of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are based near Doha, the country’s capital.
If Trump removes the airbase in order to appease the Arab coalition, that will trigger a chain reaction of events that could put the U.S. in danger of endless terrorist attacks and put Russia in control of the Middle East.
Earlier Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the diplomatic crisis centered around Qatar was a sign of Russia’s continuing efforts to destabilize the West and the rest of the world.
Russia is “trying to break any kind of multilateral alliance … that is a stabilizing influence in the world,” Mattis said during a hearing in response to a question by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
There you have it. Trump’s reckless policies are a clear and present danger to the U.S. and the world.