Trump Hints At Closing Qatar Military Base, The Largest In The Middle East

In his talk with Saudi King Salman, Trump said he was confident other countries in the region would “gladly” build the US a replacement base if they abandoned Qatar.
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    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force via AP)

    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016. (U.S. Air Force via AP)

    The latest in a series of moves by President Trump that appeared to throw a wrench into State Department efforts to calm the Qatar blockade situation saw him telling the Saudi King today that the US could well just abandon their largest military base in the Middle East, the al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.

    Officials from the blockading states have previously suggested that the US ought to consider finding an alternative to the Qatar base, as State and Pentagon officials express concern the protracted blockade could start impacting US wars in the region, which are run out of the base.

    This is a hugely important base for the US, and that’s a big part of why State Department officials have been so desperate to try to resolve the dispute.



    President Trump, however, has treated this base with relative ambivalence, and in his talk with King Salman today said he was confident other countries in the region would “gladly” build the US a replacement base if they abandoned Qatar.

    Trump may be over-optimistic in that regard, particularly if after Qatar spent decades cultivating close ties with the US he just cuts them loose at the first sign of mild inconvenience.

    Hosting a US base is historically seen as an easy way to get US support, and if that’s no longer the case there may not be so many willing to host a new one.


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    • enver Bekdemir

      Closing thay base is fantastic news which i support
      While he at it JUST CLOSE ALL US BASES IN THE MIDDLE EAST IT MIGHT BE A WAY TO GET PEACE IN THE REGION FINNALY

      • tapatio

        Have to get rid of that outlaw colony of Eastern Europeans, too.

    • jo6pac

      That would be a good thingy for Qatar and I hope it happens. They can always rent it out to the Russia and China.

      • tapatio

        Excellent idea.