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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Swamp Yankee's picture

 Normally this would really torque me off but the 15s and 16s are getting REAL long in the tooth and may as well get some cabbage for them rather than just running them through the crusher to join the 14s.


Cant wait to see them try and fly them!


Long on popcorn.

Duc888's picture

Yup, the Airforce is rockin' the TR3-B....and the patents were just made public.

Makes the F-22 look like a biplane now. Anything not Electro-gravitic now is just a fucking joke on the taxpayer. The $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for the F-35 never went "there".

The joke is on Joe Publik.

logicalman's picture

The joke's always on Joe Public, but that's because the average Joe is fucking clueless and easily led.

Amazing what propaganda and the 'education' system can achieve.


decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


Almost all the world’s economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.


The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.


It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.


This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment


28th Amendment:


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and


3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


logicalman's picture

Give corporations the rights AND responsibilities of personhood.

If I as a 'person' commits an illegal act and it results in the death of a human being, it's called murder and I could be sentenced to lif in prison. If a corporation comits an illegal act that leads to the death of a single human, corporate charter is revoked and the corporation 'dies'.

I think this would smarten things up real fast.

So-called 'laws' need to be symmetrically applied.

shovelhead's picture

Don't bother.

It's a C/P Bot.

At least Brit Bob whines about Gibralter now and then to mix it up.

surf@jm's picture

Bloomberg reported?.....

But, just this time, its not fake?......

But, after taking my grain of salt, and accepting the story at face value, .........Nawww never mind....I ignore doomburg....if they told the truth, their face would crack.....

jbtietjen's picture

Key line in the article

"Bloomberg reported citing people who spoke on condition of anonymity"

logicalman's picture


If you are a 'news' outlet, it's a great way of saying something with 'deniabilty', whether it's true or not, to suit an agenda.

If you are an honest person trying to get the truth out, anonymity is better than a kevlar suit, but probably harder to find.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

36 airplanes is two squadrons. The math comes out to $333,333,333 per aircraft. When I was in the USAF in the 70s an F-4E costs 2 million (one million for the airframe and $500,000 for each of the two engines). The F-15 is more or less a follow-on of the F-4.

This is Boeing trying desperately to recoup money lost on the 777 debacle. Under normal accounting practices they would be bankrupt several times over by now.

Doctor Faustus's picture

The F-15 platform is tried-and-true. The ones pictured above are F-15E Strike Eagle Fighter Bombers. Generally, whenever a foreign government purchases these planes, our Air Force gets more spare parts out of the deal so our own F-15s can continue operating. 

Now, whether there are any pilots in Qatar capable of actually flying the planes is another story....

swmnguy's picture

I suppose Qatar can find some pilots and hire them.  US military personnel don't ever seem to lack for employment, unless they're just dutiful grunts.  If they specialize in intelligence, anti-civilian oops, anti-terrorist "security" methods, etc. the sky seems to be the limit.

Doesn't Erik Prince live in the Gulf region these days?  I'm sure he's got a few F-15 pilots in his Rolodex.

napper's picture

The Arabs are stupid, but not too stupid to fly fighter jets. However, winning a dog fight in the air is a totally different question.

swmnguy's picture

It's all part of the increasingly obvious agenda to asset-strip the US.  

"Infrastructure Week" appears to be all about selling off all our infrastructure to cronies who will fleece us to use what we already paid for.  

The ongoing Gulf fiasco, in which the US is firmly on every conceivable side in the war being stoked assiduously should convince just about everybody the US is a completely unreliable ally in every respect.  

Trump's contradictions of Tillerson on the Paris Accords and Qatar shows the world there's no point talking to Rex Tillerson, unless it's about Saudi partnership with ExxonMobil on the petrochemicals plant they're to build together in Texas.

Everybody holding large amounts of US Dollars, which would include every energy-producing nation other than Russia, is going to cash those chips in as fast as possible, probably to buy weapons which are among the few prospering US export industries.

Going out of our way to antagonize Germany, while chasing Turkey into Russia's arms, turns NATO into nothing more than a flattery society, like Monday's bizarre Cabinet Meeting.  Speaking of the Cabinet, it's clear that if Trump were to name his favorite racehorse as Director of the FBI, they'd applaud wildly.

It's clear the US is going to involve itself in internal squabbles among the Power Elite and will cede pretty much all semblance of global leadership, but will continue to foment war and bloody chaos wherever possible in Eurasia, on the perimeter of all the US rivals to supremacy in the region; Russia, China and the E.U.

US war-making will further deplete America's financial situation, while diverting ever more revenue into the pockets of the MIC and the Security State apparatus.

Soon enough nobody is going to be willing to deal with the US on anything important, and that will further distress the US financial economy.  

So, running up all the credit cards, alienating every possible supporter or ally, and having an internal power struggle?  Looks like Sears to me.  No wonder Wilbur Ross is Trump's Secretary of Commerce.  There's no reason to have a bankruptcy and liquidation guy in the US Cabinet unless there's going to be a bankruptcy and liquidation.  That's all he does, so that's what he's going to do.

But first, the money has to be looted, and all potential allies scared off.  That's moving along at great speed.

Cordeezy's picture

Well beef up on those military stocks, I guess we are arming the world again


DirtySanchez's picture

US war industry thrives.

Middle Eastern innocents get raped, looted, tortured, and eventually killed by the evil empire killing industry.

Trump needs to stop selling murder incorporated to these people.

It is immoral and will eventually cause world war, due to the massive displacement of refugees.

RenoCarlino's picture

Well at least Trump's bringing back manufacturing jobs. 


Manufacturing military equipment that is.

Crush the cube's picture

Yeah, and in two or three years they may have an actual pair of fighters ready to duke it out, you don't simply buy an air force over night.  They still don't have AWAC's nor all the other goodies that give the Eagles an upper hand.  Someones setting them up to get skunked, money may change hands, but that don't mean the jets ever get there.

You'd have been better off buying a state of the art air defense system.

From what I've seen, anyone can defeat the Saudi's with just a token defense.  Make them outright shit themselves with an offensive.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

I stand - well float - in my afterlife being and say " I told you so". War Is A Racket

UselessEater's picture

War is a (((Racket))).

Floating is no excuse to skip the brackets!

As we well know his book should be required school reading, but we know who decides the texts. It is upto parents to set extra study for their own kids. Few bother.

TePikoElPozo's picture

so... Qatar sponsors terrorism... and the USA sells arms to Qatar.... FUCKEN RUSSIANS !

napper's picture

Trump's brain has been hacked by the Russians.

serotonindumptruck's picture

As long as the elderly demographic continues to get their news from Fox, Brietbart, and Drudge Report, then the sooner we can get all this over with and start sinking US warships and fire up that patriotic nationalism to get more cannon fodder to fight for Greater Israel.

Secret Weapon's picture

Pentagon versus State Department grudge match.  Step right up and get your tickets. 

Atam Gits's picture

Duh. This is how the petrol dollar system works.

shaggythelma's picture

Let me get this straight.  The surviving middle eastern countries (Not Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc) are gearing up with weaponry to go to war with each other.  We don't have to spend our own funds or put our troops at risk.  We actually make money from this?  Trump is a genius.  Hallelujah! 

FoggyWorld's picture

Unless they get together and aim for a huge Caliphate.   Could well happen.

NoWayJose's picture

But 15 million Qatar fighter planes are shot down every day! I'm a Congressman and I know these things!

toocrazy2yoo's picture

Terry McAulliff says 93 million Americans are killed by handguns every day, so your Qtar numbers aren't so strange.

shizzledizzle's picture

The F-15 and F-16 are STILL formidable planes. We'd do well not to sell them to anyone with the money.

roadhazard's picture

Hopefully there is a virus in the software that will shut the planes down on command.

Old Codger's picture

US$333,333,333,333.33c a copy?

directaction's picture

Plus gas and pilot training and pilot salary and ammo and bombs and aircraft maintenance. It all adds up to more than a third of a billion each.

roadhazard's picture

J O B S !!!! ~ Trump

tripletail's picture

Great planes --- if you can get the parts. /s

shimmy's picture

The best thing about this is the blowback the great pumpkin will get for shooting off his mouth last week. He really is his worst enemy at times and is dishing out beachballs for the libtards to knock out of the park.

I can't even imagine what it must be like working for such a clown as a boss.


SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

"I can't even imagine what it must be like working for such a clown as a boss."

Ask the last guy you fired 

shovelhead's picture

Not fair.

That kid wouldn't get way down in the dumpster where the pop cans hide, so he had to go.

Arthur Two Sheds Jackson's picture

Those pilots only need one way tickets anyway.

Then,we sell them more planes.

toocrazy2yoo's picture

F-15s are pieces of shit. Where's the Raptor?

napper's picture

Grounded for lack of funds and technical problems - they are too expensive to fly and maintain.

giorgioorwell's picture

Yep, Trump's really changing the way the swamp operates

Iconoclast421's picture

Arming both sides, ah very lucrative. Smart! How do you like WINNING?

Boss Tweed's picture

the united states of america stand for peace

Westcoastliberal's picture

Why are we doing business with these countries that fund terrorism?  I thought we were fighting a war ON terror, not FOR terror!

Umh's picture

Could I interest you in a bridge?