Pentagon Agrees To Sell $12 Billion In F-15s To Qatar

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember when Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to isolate their small neighbor (where the most important US airbase in the middle east is located),even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. You should: it took place just 5 days ago.

"We had a decision to make," Trump said, describing conversations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. "Do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism." Also last week, Trump triumphantly announced on twitter that “during my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!”

Well, Qatar funding terrorism apparently is not a problem when it comes to Qatar funding the US military industrial complex, because just two weeks after Trump signed a record, $110 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, moments ago Bloomberg reported that Qatar will also buy up to 36 F-15 jets from the Pentagon for $12 billion ....  even as a political crisis in the Gulf leaves the Middle East nation isolated by its neighbors and criticized by President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism, according to three people with knowledge of the accord.

According to the Pentagon, the sale will give Qatar a "state of the art" capability, not to mention the illusion that it can defend itself in a war with Saudi Arabia.

If nothing else, Uncle Sam sure is an equal-opportunity arms dealer, and best of all, with the new fighter planes, Qatar will be able to at least put on a token fight when Saudi Arabia invades in hopes of sending the price of oil surging now that every other "strategy" has failed.

To be sure, the sale comes at an opportune time: just days after Qatar put its military on the highest state of alert, and scrambled its tanks. All 16 of them. Maybe the world's wealthiest nation realized it's time beef up its defensive capabilities?

Qatar’s defense minister will meet with Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Wednesday to seal the agreement, Bloomberg reported citing people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sale hasn’t been announced. Last year, congress approved the sale of up to 72 F-15s in an agreement valued at as much as $21 billion but that deal took place before the recent political crisis in the region.

It is unclear what the Saudi reaction will be to the news that Trump is arming its latest nemesis. If our thesis that Riyadh is hoping for Qatar to escalate the nest leg of the conflict is correct, then the Saudis should be delighted.

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nuubee's picture

Seriously, just... wtf?

NugginFuts's picture

"....and the nation of NugginFuts just bought $20B worth of popcorn...."

Alt RightGirl's picture

Divide and Conquer bitches.

Let them kill eachother while we go to the bank.

They are nothing more than chimps dressed in sheets.

Genetics, Race and Why Blacks Commit More Crimes

nope-1004's picture

Oh c'mon y'all.  This is nothing new.  These are the same synchophants that (somehow, oops!) created ISIS and then go in and bomb them.  WTF did you expect?  That they'd actually do what they say?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A big shout out to Boeing Military.

Hookers and blow tonight in the exec suite.

BTW these planes aren't sitting in inventory ready to be delivered. So any conflict in the next few years won't have to worry about these planes.

That is unless the US or some other buyer agrees to step aside and allow Qatar to take their place at the end of the assembly line.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Now, are these the planes already parked in that airbase in Qatar that should be evac'd?

Mr. Universe's picture

That should about wrap it up on who is in charge of the Deep state. Backing both sides of a potential conflict and making sure everyone has enough arms to blow each to smitherines. Sounds like the old Red Shield tricks are still the best ones. Long live central bankers, after they have been thrown into a burning pit of sulfer. 

PrayingMantis's picture


... >>> ... " ... "We had a decision to make," Trump said ... " ...

... lest we forget, Trump's a businessman ... sell to all buyers ... the (((Red Shield))) way ... and voila ... #maga profits!!! ...



Got The Wrong No's picture

Got to get that GDP up and fix the Trade Balance. 

I think a nice new Aircraft Carrier and a couple of Destroyers would go well with those jets. 

fx's picture

I am so glad, the Donald didn't forget where he came from. German arms manufacturer Krupp has had a very long tradition providing canons, arms and ammo to all sides of any war. It's one heck of a business, that I can tell you.

"My programme can be summarized in three words: jobs, jobs, jobs."

No matter what.

You can't make this stuff up.

Got The Wrong No's picture

when Trump sells a few jets to Switzerland I will be really impressed. 

Drimble Wedge's picture

Shoulda made Mnuchin the Secretary of Defense & he could have sold them the LEGO fighters.

JamesBond's picture

Debtors can't be choosers. You have to sell what you have and we have a great MIC.

HowdyDoody's picture

They did the same with Iran and Iraq - for some, a very profitable bloodbath.

fx's picture

Absolutely. But, oh, these damned Iranians. They simply resisted the USA's boy Saddam and fought back.

That failure to comply with OUR orders sealed his faith.

Weapons of mass destruction. Well, we delivered them to him. chemical weapons to kill all the Iranians. So we KNEW they must have been there. We just didn't expect that he really used them all up against Iran and later on (the remaining few) against the curds. What a bastard. After all that WE did for Saddam, he  didn't deliver. Fuck him.

Speaking of non-delivery, why has our newest boy, Poroshenko, not yet taken Moscow? So, fuck him, too! And fuck the EU.

And speaking of that, where is Monica, when one needs her? And let's have some Pizza...


Paul Kersey's picture

In order for the defense contracting war profiteers to maximize their gains, all sides of all conflicts must be heavily armed.

BullyBearish's picture

it's called "the upward spiral"...keep pushing each party to do more because the other guy is doing's what the deep state does best and that is evidence enough of trumpanyahoo's acquiescence of his role...unless of course you want to believe it's all about jobs...mic jobs...if so, he would do anything to keep the bakers baking...

BlindMonkey's picture

Champagne and pussy will flow tonight.  




BlindMonkey's picture

Hava Nagila is a good song to go with hookers and blow.


Party on dudes.

Drimble Wedge's picture

Wasn't that what the, cough, 'ARABS' were dancing to on top of the van on 9/11?

Tall Tom's picture




Let's arm each side to the hilt and laugh all of the way to the Bank as they kill one another off.


This crap gets old.

FoggyWorld's picture

That could happen and did on many F-18 sales where we in the US in effect packed the parts into glorified Heath kits and sent them to the buying countries who did their own labor.   Also sent them the testing equipment and every other thing they needed so all we got were a few spare piece parts at a slightly lower price.   The labor went to the purchasing country. 

Umh's picture

I'll try, but I am still worn out from last night.

SilverRhino's picture

Make sure they pay in GOLD up front.

swmnguy's picture

Nope, we're getting some overseas US Dollars/T-Bills redeemed.  Like S&H Green Stamps.

Art Van Delay's picture

You got to love this.

Now only Iran needs some nukes and we'll have a big giant glass solar panel in ME.

And you thought Trump doesn't care about green energy.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Better yet a nuclear powered solar panel.

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EmmittFitzhume's picture

You just can't make this shit up! Lol

N0TME's picture

I usually don't agree with that statement, but in this case I have to agree.

Zorba's idea's picture

We're protecting the Clintonistas Foundation's treasure chest offshored in Qatar which coincidently doesn't have an Extradition treaty with USA! USA! USA!

Argos's picture

I know, WTF is right.  I don't understand anything any more.

gmj's picture

That right there is some wizard-level salesmanship.  And I can assure you that these weapons systems have "ALL" of the capabilities of the ones in our US arsenal, hahaha.  And furthermore, they cannot be messed with by remote control by the boys at the Pentagon, just in case things get a little messy or embarassing.  Nosiree.  What you see is what you get.  Yes, Lord.

SilverRoofer's picture

Exactly why in the fuck are we selling these camel Jockey 's anything

Shit I wouldn't even sell them a roll of Toilet Paper

They like using their hands anyways

never shake hands with a person from the middle east

The_Juggernaut's picture

Are we giving them the tools of their destruction in exchange for oil?  Doesn't seem like a bad deal.

Bunga Bunga's picture

If they bought Sukhoi Su-35 would be really WTF.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Enemy of my enemy is my I CIA SIS.

Badsamm's picture

Has anyone explained the terror funding accusation yet?

Badsamm's picture

They don't want the F-35? LOL

omi's picture

Read Starikov... All these recent weapons deals, and many before is nothing more than what's called Reparations and Contributions.

11th_Harmonic's picture

I'm at a loss for words anymore, so I'll just greenie your post and move the fuck on...

Great Deceivah's picture

War is our Business and Business is GOOD!!

N0TME's picture

I'm seriously CONFUSED!!!!

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Destabilize, arm both sides, and... profit!

logicalman's picture

Can't beat supplying boh sides in a conflict if you want to make a 'killing'!