Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump Sells Qatar $12 billion Of U.S. Weapons Days After He Calls Them "High Level" Sponsors Of Terrorism

If you were ever looking for an instance that sums up the ineptitude and disfuntionality of this Trump administration this just might be it.

Donald Trump's berating of Qatar for sponsoring terrorism while simultaneously authorizing the countries purchase over $12 billion dollars of U.S. weapons is a microcosm of the entire, albeit short, Trump tenure.

It began on June 9th when Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called for an immediate easing of the US ban on the Qataris.

But mere hours later Donald Trump, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, cut Tillerson's legs out from underneath him saying...

"The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level." Adding "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding."

Nice. I'm guessing the two hadn't talked that day.

I'm guessing here also but I'm going to go ahead and posit that Donald had no clue that there are more than 10,000 U.S. service members at the U.S. central command base in Qatar.

Anyway, fast forward to this week when on Tuesday morning when the knee-capped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier. As the Saudis are Qatar's regional nemesis I imagine there was plenty of high stakes deal making involved as well as chocolate cake.

Then on Wednesday, as if by magic, Defense Secretary James Mattis formally signed the $12 billion dollar letter of offer and acceptance for the Qatari arms deal!

So happy about the sale the Qatari ambassador to the U.S. even tweeted a photo of the signing...

That's sweet.

Trying to square the deal in light of Trump's terror accusation the State Department's excuse for the arms deal is that it did not "directly" conflict with the current regional dispute as it will take years to complete and fill the sale in full.

But wait there's more! Let's go a little further down this bottomless pit of a rabbit hole.

The full $12 billion dollar arms sale was already notified in November 2016!!!!

This means it had already been authorized by congress and the executive branch while President Obama was in office.

Despite the fact that this was a done deal even before the Trump administration even stepped foot into the Oval Office Mr. Trump, during the recent visit to the Middle East, made a point of telling reporters during a photo-op with the Qatari emir that he was going to sell Qatar...

"big beautiful weapons."

There is no making sense of this shit show anymore.

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