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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Trucker Glock's picture

Trump: "Want to buy a fully equipped air base?"

thetruthhurts's picture

US to Saudi Arabia,     "I love you long time Joe"

US to United Arab Emirates. "I love you long time Joe"

US to Turkey,  "I love you long time Joe"

US to South Korea,  "I love you long time Joe"

Us to Australia,  "I love you long time Joe" 

US to Taiwan,  "I love you long time Joe"

US to India,  "I love you long time Joe"

Us to Singapore,  "I love you long time Joe"

US to Iraq,  "I love you long time Joe"

US to Egypt,   "I love you long time Joe"

US to Israel,  "I love you long time Joe"


Us to Qatar, "I love you long time Joe"


That is what a whore does.....

shovelhead's picture

F-15's don't kill people...

Wingnut6799's picture

They "The Military Industrial Complex" needs target practice. One hand feeds the other.

Able Ape's picture

For when you just have to get to NYC or London as fast as hell...

directaction's picture

The US is now a banana republic with one primary export: war.

pizdowitz's picture

That's ~ $ 300 mln per each - old tech POS. Good job!

Go Trump!

napper's picture

at least the F-15 is more useful than the ultra-expensive POS F-35.

Qatar should be acquiring the latest Russian Flankers, which have demonstrated clear superiority in dog fight over the F-15 since 1992. And they are cheaper.

Cthonic's picture

Too late, UAE already purchasing Sukhoi design derivatives. Other procurers: China, Indonesia. Failed bids: South Korea (F-15K), Australia (F-35), Libya (civil war), Venezuela (death of Chavez), Brazil (Gripen NG). Rumors of interest from Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, North Korea.

"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." -Jebsbro

_freedom_lover_'s picture

The military industrial complex rules in Washington. Trump is just a puppet it seems like. 

Ed Jobb's picture

Sell them F-35's instead.

Problem solved.

silverer's picture

Good point. Make even more money, and nobody gets hurt. Peace at last, lol.

TeraByte's picture

Isn´t this the Military Industry Complex´s success strategy at prime. Weapons to everybody and more to sell, when we have to fight such evils we created, bingo.

squid's picture


Trump is staking my advice, pour all the weapons you can into that region....



Then get a good supply of pop corn.

I will be a laugh watching the Persians pound the House of Saud with its 300bill worth of weapons into dust.


The goal posts are in motion.....


But hey, not to worry, the US senent has approved more sanctions against Russian because it's all their fault.


Party on.



silverer's picture

Oboy. I can see the contractors rubbing their hands together on this one. What a cash cow. Set the Arabs against one another, and feed them the high tech astronomically expensive hardware to do it. After they beat each other to a pulp, the banks can move in and finish the job.

dogismycopilot's picture
Qatari investors rush to sell Dubai properties as deadline for them to leave looms


onmail1's picture

The zewish state of america wants
muslims fight muslims
destroy each other
then loot their oil fields
ha ha simple
Divide & rule
The White Policy
what if
the fire also engulfs their father land
Israel the land of bastards produced by euroPeons

Time to play doom

Chris88's picture

There's your leftist faggot with no principles, keep defending him guys, really, nobody saw this coming.  LOL, just as dumb as Obama hope and change lemmings.  

IronForge's picture

MIC Shakedown...


VW Nerd's picture

War is a racket.  Finance and arm both sides.  A business plan that worked in WW1, WW2 and today's war on terror.  Win, win!

VW Nerd's picture

I wonder if Trump will be getting a call from his friends, Saudi Arabia and UAE on this?

JOE BUDTZ's picture

Honest to God, it just does not get more confused than this with Qatar. First, they are supporting terror, and then they are being sold a new arsenal.


Trump is making a mess out of everything he touches. He has the Midas touch in reverse.


I wish it weren't so, but it is.


At some point, now, I believe he should resign. He has been reduced to looking clownish in all his efforts in foreign affairs, arms flapping in all directions and saying utterly foolish things. He has settled nothing anywhere.


And I say that as one of those who had hoped that this seeming maverick might have been able to do some good in a world that has suffered 15 years of Neocon War insanity. Two million killed at least by the US. But Trump only adds threats to Iran, bombing to Syria, troops to Afghanistan, creates a mess in Qatar, and sells new weapons to the Saudi thugs to kill with.


It must be clear to many that he is incapable, that he does not possess the strength and independence of mind some believed he had, that he has completely given in to the Deep State after it attacked him.


The CIA now decides whom it will kill thanks to Trump, and we only just learned that the Pentagon has been given authority to put whatever troop level it chooses into Afghanistan, Afghanistan being a war that should never have been started.


That invasion was a pointless act of vengeance against a government that was absolutely not responsible for 9/11. All it has achieved was to flood the world with cheap hard drugs. That's why black gangs in Chicago and other cities are killing each other in the hundreds. Talk about terror! This is completely self-inflicted.


Trump’s dark Pentagon appointment is mumbling about not winning in Afghanistan, but from the beginning, the intelligent question that has always applied to the invasion and has never been answered is, “Win what?”


So, Trump tells the Pentagon it can decide how many more troops to send. Brilliant!


Trump now resembles Obama on steroids, only with a great many scary and clownish words and acts added.

Head_Shots_Work's picture

So what's more terrifying really? A few despotic oligarchs with a fleet of F-15's or a dude with a sword? Maybe we are the terrorists after all. Of course - it's probably hard to fly those things wearing a robe.  What a bunch of idiots. Does Qatar really think a few of these will allow them to 'take on' or defend themselves from the Saudi's? Bullshit - this is just the USA shaking down the neighborhood. That's why my defense stocks are doing so well. Yee haw.