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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Got The Wrong No's picture

This deal reminds me of the Chevy Chase movie Deal Of The Century. 

veritas semper vinces's picture

So,Jewmerica accuses Qatar of being a terrorist state, then it sells them weapons. Doesn't the law prevent the state from selling weapons to terrorists?In your face lawlessness.

Hypocrisy,thy name is Jewmerica

ATM's picture

So they are getting 2 fighters at the prices the contractors force us to pay. I'm not scared.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

nth dimensional chess, bitchez!

Blankone's picture

If the Saudis are not in on some plan and you can take this at face value then it's not far out chess, it is simply being an unreliable crack whore who cannot be trusted.

If the Saudi's are in on it then there is a plan such that these planes never become a real threat.

And then there is the public perception of Trump. Basically calls them bad guys in the press one week and then gives them jets.

PhiBetaZappa's picture

There's no business like war business, there's no business we know.......

MIC ho's gotta earn to keep pimp daddy .gov in bling.

logicalman's picture

Arms companies can make more money in a day of war than in a year of peace.

serotonindumptruck's picture

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war"

--Mossad

me or you's picture

That was part of the plan...now Qatar thinks the need those planes  just in case.

saldulilem's picture

Hey, man's gotta eat

Schmuck Raker's picture

"America, Fuck Yeah!!"

activepatriot's picture

HaFuckingHa

Remember the Bush years?  You are with us or against us??  We will go after those who harbor and support terrorists?

What a fucking sad corrupt joke we have become.

By today's standards Bush was not a horrible President.  That is a sad commentary on today

Drimble Wedge's picture

now ask yourself what the Bush 'advisors' & Trump 'advisors' had in common.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

The Saudis know how to produce terrorist pilots, why can't Qatar do it too?

TheDude1224's picture

This quick money grab from Qatar is just what the government needed to help with our infrastructure problems, Obamacare, and subsidizing Elon Musk. 

Soph's picture

Looks like Trump is just selling to whoever want to buy. What the hell, why not, he's shown himself to be a sell out. Might as well be the best damn arms dealer you can be.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/

Duc888's picture

And why not? Sell them some fucking 30 year old Seawolfs too. Not like the morons can operate them. Go for the money honey.

IranContra's picture

Facts don't stop the Tylertollahs from agitating for Iran and against Trump.

logicalman's picture

Hmmm.

9 of the 10 least peaceful countries have been targets of US intervention.

How many countries has Iran fucked over recently.

Fuck of and die, asshole.

WTFUD's picture

Better still drop the MoFo into Raqqa to be among his Wahhabi-Israeli-Jihadi's and let him feel their brotherly love.

Zepper's picture

You know I am not a fan of the military industrial complex but you have to be in awe of these people. Trump sells 350 billion to SA which includes the best automatic self destruct fighter every engineered by the U.S. and then sells F15s to their obvious rivals in Quatar lol. 

 

I personally think the F15s will utterly destroy the f35s because all they have to do to down an f35 is keep it flying, it will eventual blow up on its own. 

 

Well like I said before, let the body count be super high... and let all the fucking crazy suicide bombers head back home to kill themselves. 

 

As Bernie, the man behind the man that shot up a bunch of congressmen said... Its going to be HUUUUUGE... the war thats coming that is... I wonder how many oil tankers will be sunk?

Duc888's picture

Meh, my money is on the TR3-B's No such thing as G forces when you fucking P0wn gravity.

FoggyWorld's picture

And Iran has older F-15's so they are looking at this and smiling.

veritas semper vinces's picture

F-35,the flying brick is grounded bc a dozen pilots experienced suffocation-like symptoms. Maybe the Saudi Barbaria pilots do not need air to breath,they survive on BS

Bigly's picture

Ok. Bigly is almost off the trump train.

This is retarded. 

You dumb pussy, Trump. Get a fucking clue. You are one step forward, two steps back, surrounded by enemies because you will not get rid of them.

If not laser focused and ousting the traitors, then let's just put a fork in it.

Clean up the USA FIRST before thinking about offshore.

Btw, This is not to say i would have ever been on the fat cunt train.

 

serotonindumptruck's picture

Trump fooled all of us.

Trump is owned by the Zionists.

Bigly's picture

He certainly is swayed WAY TOO MUCH by Malibu Barbie and her greedy viper of a husband

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Trump did not fool anyone.

He's not Hillary.

It was all anyone could hope for.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Trump's version of MAGA is to start as many wars as possible to make Israel great again.

MIGA

UselessEater's picture

Trumps last campaign advert was designed to fool awake people, it was calculated manipulation he approved.

Duc888's picture

Dude, chill. Why not sell anyone who wants 40 year old craptasticle jets..... the jets.
It's a jobs program, mmkkkkkkkaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy?

All part of MAGA.

These fukkers can't FLY them, they can' WRENCH them, so don't get all fucking butt hurt.
It's part of MAGA, if WE don't sell them these shit boxes, then someone ELSE will sell them THEIR shitboxes. Is this cleared up for you now?

Bigly's picture

Dude

If you are telling me these are jet equivalents to YUGOs, then OK.

But wtf is he even doing hitting this instead of triaging the house on fire in front of him?  Please explain that.

I find him NAIVE...

FoggyWorld's picture

They simply rent pilots and guys with wrenches.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Rent a pilots and rent a wrenches are generally flunkies out to make a buck.  They're as useless as a Blackwater / XE / Acedemi turd.

Schmuck Raker's picture

They should park those shiny new jets at our base. Just sayinn....

zipit's picture

At this rate, they will glass themselves over.

IranContra's picture

Hey, Tylers, here's an interesting bit for you (Junior on Kerry meeting with Iranians today):

"In case you missed it, Obama Sec of State Kerry traveled to Europe today to sit next to Iran FM Zarif & advocate against Trump's Iran policy" (from hash link)

The Qatar government are crypto-Iranians. They were recorded hating Arabs. They are not Arabs.

WTFUD's picture

Quit sucking Wahhabi dick son, it's making you delirious.

GoHillary2016's picture

Capitalism. It's what makes this country great!

logicalman's picture

Capitalism, of the crony kind, it's what's destroying the planet.

 

Fake Trump's picture

Sell to North Korea as well. 

scoutshonor's picture

I hope they are going to rent them some pilots as well--cuz those arabs can't fly fer shit.

Duc888's picture

They can't wrench either. What a shit show.

bobdog54's picture

Damn, I really hope their is a method to what seems to be utter madness...

But hey, reminds me of my old idea on getting to peace in the ME, parachute plane after plane after load of M16's (dated history) and let me shoot each other until two are left standing and if one doesn't shoot the other, somebody else will.

One of We's picture

MIC providing arms to both sides of the conflict what a shock!  War is a racket......

serotonindumptruck's picture

The Tylers are throwing some red meat at ZH...just to see what will happen.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

Saudis not happy, tearing the contracts they signed with Trump in  10 9 8s... I'm sure Putin and China are gonna profit from Trump 12-bil blunder.

WTFUD's picture

Trump says we have to stop funding terrorism . . fuck yeah, then cut the al-CIAd'uh Budget by 100% . . are you thick?